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Advanced Engine Principal Engineer Job

Date: Jun 4, 2022

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

Company: PACCAR

Requisition Summary

This position is located within the Advanced Powertrain organization at PTC and involves leading next-generation heavy-duty engine research and development activities.  PACCAR continually improves its proprietary MX-11 and MX-13 engines to meet new regulations while outperforming competitor products.  The successful candidate will develop and evaluate new designs that provide improvements in key technology areas such as combustion, air management, base engine friction, and ancillaries.  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. The Technical Center is located in the Skagit Valley about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington. 

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Guide the development of advanced heavy duty engine combustion systems, air management equipment, and base engine improvements.
  • Work with project engineers, analysts, designers, suppliers, and external collaborators to identify and evaluate promising technologies for improving heavy duty engine performance.
  • Develop and test proof-of-concept hardware and controls
  • Maintain technical documentation and roadmaps to support engine design teams
  • Keep abreast of emerging technologies, tools, and methods through interaction with universities, national labs and suppliers
  • Cooperate with purchasing to evaluate and select component and system suppliers
  • Communicate results and recommendations to team and stakeholders on a regular basis and facilitate technology transfer to relevant PACCAR divisions


  • Ten years of experience in compression ignition engine research and development
  • In-depth experience with at least one of: compression ignition combustion systems, air management and emissions control systems, base engine design and friction reduction (and strong familiarity with the rest)
  • Familiarity with engine hardware design and FEA
  • Familiarity with 1-D and 3-D simulation tools
  • Experience with leadership of cross-functional technical project teams
  • Previously demonstrated resourcefulness, strong technical knowledge, analytical capability, 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, Chemical Engineering or Engineering Physics

Additional Job Board Information

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

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