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Powertrain Advanced Controls Engineer Job

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Date: Apr 23, 2019

Location: Mount Vernon, WA, US

Company: PACCAR

Requisition Summary

This position is located within the Advanced Controls organization at PTC and involves developing and evaluating control systems for next-generation commercial vehicle technologies.  This includes analysis and optimization of advanced technologies including electrified powertrains, ADAS, and advanced powertrain operational strategies, and transfer of these technologies to production programs.  Additional responsibilities include interfacing with PACCAR divisions (Embedded Engineering, Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF).  The person will also work with external research and engineering organizations that are partnered with PACCAR.


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 premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates 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.This position is located in beautiful Skagit Valley - Mount Vernon, WA.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

• Systems engineering, Modeling, Simulation and Controls Engineering for development of advanced vehicle systems including electrified powertrain, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and advanced powertrain operational strategies
• Design architectures and control strategies for advanced heavy-duty vehicle integrated powertrain concepts including kinetic energy management, electrical energy management, and V2V related features
• Design functionally safe architectures and control strategies, as well as validation methods, for vehicle automation systems, with focus on the actuation layer
• Develop and Maintain plant models from first principles for vehicle powertrain components. Work with other PACCAR divisions to provide these models within the common PACCAR framework for modeling and simulation.
• Provide methods to evaluate conventional and hybrid vehicle architecture concepts and associated controls concepts using optimization techniques including dynamic programming.
• Concept development and evaluation of advanced vehicle operational strategies
• Prove and optimize control strategies using Modeling, Simulation, SIL, HIL, system, and vehicle testing
• Communicate results and recommendations to team and stakeholders on a regular basis and cooperate with cross-divisional counterparts
• Keep abreast of emerging technologies, tools, and methods
• Transfer advanced control strategies to production programs at relevant PACCAR division


• 10 years’ experience (or 5 years with Ph.D.) in automotive systems engineering focused on electrified vehicles and/or ADAS
• Experience with control system development
• Strong background in automotive system simulation, including multi parameter optimizations and dynamic programming.
• Experience in hybrid vehicle modeling and the development of simulation tools and optimal controls algorithms.
• In-depth knowledge of system engineering tools (e.g. Simulink, Mathworks Embedded Software Tools, DSpace)
• Knowledge of 1-D simulation tools (eg. AVL Cruise, GT-Power)
• Demonstrated skills developing and optimizing control strategies with experiments
• Previously demonstrated strong technical knowledge, analysis, and communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills, be a self-starter and have demonstrated high levels of initiative and innovation.


Masters or Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Engineering Physics

Additional Job Board Information

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

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

Job Segment: Controls Engineer, Engineer, Electrical, Embedded, Engineering, Automotive, Technology

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