OBD Calibration Engineer Job

Date: Sep 25, 2023

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

Company: PACCAR

Requisition Summary


PACCAR's On-Board Diagnostics team is looking for an individual with strong embedded software and hardware skills to compliment a team of engineers that specialize in calibrating software algorithms that detect failures of emission critical systems on class 8 heavy duty trucks. Qualified applicants, with the help of the OBD team will be capable of expanding their skills to gain an understanding of engine controls and emission related systems, the tools used for testing and development as well as help mentor other team members in software algorithm design and best practices.

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.
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


As a member of the OBD team you will have full access to state-of-the-art testing laboratories such as Engine Dynos, Climatic Chassis Dyno, Portable Chassis Dyno, and closed course test track.

Job duties include:

  • Using ATI Vision to force the engine to a state suitable for testing in a controlled environment
  • Using Canalyzer to intercept and overwrite CAN messages from sensors and actuators to the engine
  • Big data analytics using MATLAB and statistical methods.
  • Diagnostic calibration through simulation.
  • Participation in off-site testing activities in different regions of the United States.
  • Collaboration with our European colleagues virtually and in person when necessary.
  • Cross functional collaboration with other teams within the engine program and truck divisions.
  • Participation in future clean energy initiatives from an OBD perspective.
  • Planning and coordination of testing activities through all phases of development from prototype to production.




  • Proficiency in at least one high level programming language. C/C++ desirable.
  • Ability to gain mastery of MATLAB and Simulink
  • Experience with digital communications such as CAN, LIN, SPI, I2C, etc.
  • Experience with different sensor technologies.
  • Knowledge of statistics for doing big data analytics.
  • OBD crosses many technical domains. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to gain knowledge and understanding outside of core technical expertise.
  • Poses excellent communication skills, able to communicate with experts across different domains and technical levels.
  • Automotive related experience is highly desirable.
  • Experience with ATI Vision, INCA and Vector Canalyzer is desirable.
  • Knowledge of current diesel technology is highly desirable.
  • Works well independently or in a Team Environment
  • Ability to self-teach and identify learning opportunities.
  • Manage personal workload, capable of multi-tasking
  • Show flexibility to shifting time and project demands



BS in electrical or mechanical engineering or equivalent

Paccar Benefits


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

  • Competitive salary and 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 leave
  • 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 program
  • 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. 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 OBD Calibration Engineer is $63,000 - $94,500 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for a full range of benefit options listed above. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift. 

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