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Electric Vehicle Principal Engineer: Batteries and Powertrain 1 Job

Date: Nov 21, 2021

Location: Mt 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 electrified powertrain investigative, development, and coordination activities. Primary technology areas is batteries but also includes motors, controls, and architecture.  Responsibilities include interfacing with truck divisions (Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF) and purchasing.  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 evaluation and selection of battery cells and specification of battery packs and BMS. 
  • Participate in evaluation and selection of traction motors, power electronics, and electric powertrain controls for a full range of commercial vehicle electrification applications from micro hybrids to full EVs
  • Develop and maintain technology white papers for batteries and other electrified powertrain components
  • Lead benchmarking activities, technology evaluation projects, and development of validation standards for electric components, systems and vehicles
  • 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 electric powertrain development/R&D
  • Good understanding of battery cell chemistry, performance, and failure modes
  • In-depth experience with battery cell specification, battery module and pack design, thermal management, and integration
  • Strong familiarity with traction motors, power electronics, and electric powertrain controls
  • Background in system-level integration and performance
  • Familiarity with electric powertrain 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, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Engineering Physics

Additional Job Board Information

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

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