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OBD Compliance Test Engineer Job

Date: Jan 2, 2021

Location: Mount Vernon, WA, US

Company: PACCAR

Requisition Summary

The PACCAR OBD and Emissions Compliance Team seeks an engineer to perform OBD compliance testing on Kenworth and Peterbilt vehicles in support of annual MX Engine certification. In addition, the engineer will use hardware-in-the-loop systems to test diagnostics, improve diagnostic strategies and to improve testing methodologies.

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!

Division Information

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. 

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Plans, coordinates, and conducts projects of moderate scope with minimal supervision
  • Participates in set up of OBD production vehicle evaluation (PVE) and other tests, verifies that test equipment and instrumentation equipment meets specified requirements and performs preliminary data checks
  • Participates in in-vehicle data collection and analysis
  • Collaborate with engineers in North America and Europe
  • Writes reports, as appropriate, incorporating results, conclusions, and recommendations
  • Develops and improves test methodologies
  • May present results of test or investigative projects to divisions or management personnel
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative and productive work relations with other departments
  • Communicates with manager, peers, and division personnel of work progress, support, problems, scheduling conflicts, or opportunities of which they should be aware
  • Travel up to 15% required


  • Minimum 1 year of related work experience
  • Ability to summarize technical issues and communicate effectively
  • Ability to manage personal workload and willingness, flexibility and initiative to respond to shifting time and project demands
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment

Desired Skills

  • Familiarity with engine and aftertreatment On Board Diagnostics systems
  • Demonstrated experience with vehicle network technologies (CAN) and associated communication protocols (UDS, J1979, J1939, KWP2000, etc.)
  • Automotive testing or troubleshooting experience with a generic scan tool/code reader

Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability.


BS degree required in computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

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