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Powertrain Controls Validation Engineer Job

Date: Nov 12, 2022

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

Company: PACCAR

Requisition Summary

The Powertrain Validation group is responsible for validation testing of engine, transmission, vehicle, and exhaust aftertreatment hardware and software used on PACCAR trucks.  Group members develop specialized roles (powertrain software, vehicle performance, aftertreatment systems, etc.) while maintaining cross-disciplinary training and knowledge.

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. The Technical Center is located in the Skagit Valley about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington. 

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Serves as the lead powertrain controls validation test engineer and subject matter expert conducting testing, providing insights, test plan development, and tracking of all aspects of assigned testing.
  • Leads effort to develop test strategies, procedures, and processes for transmission vehicle testing.
  • Analyzes project requests, discusses project requirements with requestors and formulates preliminary project plans, budgets, and schedules.
  • Works directly with internal and external customers regarding test requests, planning, execution,
  •   and reporting.
  •  Creates, coordinates, manages, and executes required program budgets.
  • Develops, tracks and reports program related metrics.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative and productive work relations with truck divisions.
  • Specifies instrumentation equipment, vehicles, loading configurations, software versions, and data collection strategies for assigned testing. 
  • Participates in set up of tests, data collection and analysis.
  • Writes reports as appropriate, incorporating results, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Develops and maintains a high level of familiarity with PACCAR products and service tools.
  • Presents results of testing or investigative projects to divisions or management personnel.
  • Off-site testing requires up to 10% travel.


  • 2 to 3 years of truck/automotive related work experience desired
  • Experience with vehicle software highly desired
  • Ability to manage personal workload and willingness, flexibility and initiative to respond to shifting time and project demands.
  • Test set and Requirements management experience desired
  • Ability to summarize technical issues and communicate effectively
  • Self-directed, excellent analysis and technical judgment required
  • Control System hardware and software testing desired


Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) discipline required.
MS preferred

Additional Job Board Information

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

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