Instrumentation Support Technician

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Date: Jul 20, 2024

Location: Mount Vernon, WA, US, 98273-9671

Company: PACCAR

Requisition Summary

The PACCAR Technical Center’s Thermal Management Group is seeking an Instrumentation Technician to support engineering staff and test operations. The technician will prepare PACCAR’s medium- and heavy-duty trucks for testing in laboratory facilities or real-world operations in the field, provide technical support during the thermal systems evaluations, and return test vehicles to their original condition. This position will primarily support 1st shift operations while having the flexibility to work 2nd shift as needed (up to 1-2 weeks per month).


Company Information


PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and also provides customized financial services, information technology and truck parts related to its principal business.


The PACCAR Technical Center provides engineering excellence to the truck, engine, and winch divisions of PACCAR Inc through innovative product development and testing. The Technical Center is located in the Skagit Valley about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington.  
Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!



Job Functions / Responsibilities


  • Prepares, and installs test instrumentation on a heavy-duty diesel truck for testing.

  • Remove and replace test parts before and after testing.

  • Supports test cell operators during test as needed.

  • Troubleshoot test vehicle issues that affect instrumentation operation of the truck during test.

  • Maintain organized project documentation; communicates activity, status and issues in a timely fashion. 

  • Maintain the highest level of work area cleanliness and organization.

  • Perform duties safely and efficiently with minimal supervision 

  • Support and perform test lab maintenance as needed.

  • Install and program data acquisition equipment.

  • Collect, monitor, and post-process test data.

  • Develop specialized test equipment as needed.

  • Operate engine monitoring software such as ATI and Calterm

  • Troubleshoot, maintain and repair chassis dynamometer test cell equipment under direction



Required Qualifications & Skills 


  • Associate in Technical Arts degree in Diesel Power Technology or equivalent

  • Associate in Technical Arts degree in Instrumentation Technology or equivalent

  • High School Graduate with vocational training AND 3-5 years of experience in any of the following:

    • Automotive or heavy truck repair and maintenance

    • Marine or powersports repair and maintenance

    • Industrial equipment repair and maintenance

  • Good computer skills 

  • Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment

  • Ability to manage personal workload and willingness, flexibility, and initiative to respond to shifting time and project demands

  • While this position will primarily support 1st shift operations (~7:30AM-4:00PM), the technician must be flexible and able to work 2nd shift (~3:00PM-11:30PM) when needed up to 1-2 weeks per month.



Desired Qualifications & Skills


  • Proficient in troubleshooting vehicle issues, (powertrain and powertrain electronics)

  • Microsoft Office software proficiency desired 

  • Machining, welding and fabrication skills are a plus

  • Experience supporting Engine Cooling System and Automotive HVAC systems

  • Commercial Driver License is a plus



PACCAR Benefits

As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including:


  • 401k with up to a 5% company match

  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement

  • Comprehensive paid time off – minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time 

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education 

  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA)

  • Paid short-and long-term disability programs

  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance

  • EAP services including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more



Additional Job Board Information


PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability and E-Verify Employer. At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for the Instrumentation Support Technician is $57,600 - $86,400 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.




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