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Engine Test Lab Powertrain Test Engineer (GR 25) Job



Quality Assurance
Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 7, 2023

Position Summary:

The Powertrain Test Engineer will work at PACCAR’s Engine Test Laboratory (ETL) in Mount Vernon, Washington. Key responsibilities include running and managing powertrain testing activities for internal and external customers as well as serving as a leader and mentor for technical staff. This engineer will work in the ETL developing, testing, and validating PACCAR powertrain systems.


Job Functions / Responsibilities



  • Work daily with a team of experienced research engineers and project managers to conduct performance, durability, and emissions testing of heavy-duty on-highway powertrain systems to support program goals of European and North American PACCAR divisions
  • Support PACCAR’s organizations by testing, evaluating, and validating new engine and aftertreatment hardware and software
  • Mentor ETL technical staff about cell and engine operation, emissions measurement practices, data analysis, and quality validation
  • Identify and implement processes to improve the quality and efficiency of powertrain testing, emissions measurement, and data processing in the ETL
  • Operate heavy-duty part 40 CFR Part 1065 test cells with raw emissions measurements
  • Work with ETL team to perform facility and software upgrades for compliance with 40 CFR Part 1065
  • Use hands-on experience to troubleshoot engine, powertrain and test cell controls and mechanical malfunctions
  • Work with PACCAR colleagues to align EU and US powertrain testing facilities and procedures
  • Create reports (both PowerPoint and Word) summarizing assigned tasks and data collected

Required Qualifications & Skills



  • BS degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Automotive, or related engineering degree
  • Minimum 3 years work experience performing powertrain testing 
  • Knowledge of diesel engine and exhaust aftertreatment system operation and control systems
  • General understanding of 40 CFR Part 86, 1036, 1037, and 1065
  • Ability to work with ETL technician staff, fostering teamwork and employee development
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple tasks

Preferred Qualifications & Skills


  • MS degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Automotive, or related engineering degree
  • Test cell experience performing heavy-duty on-highway engine development  
  • Experience performing engine or exhaust aftertreatment calibration
  • Proficiency using AVL test cell automation systems and data analysis (PUMA and CONCERTO)
  • Experience using engine control software such as ATI Vision, CALTERM, dSpace


PACCAR Benefits 

As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including:



  • 401k with up to a 5% company match
  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement
  • Comprehensive paid time off – minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time 
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education 
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA)
  • Paid short-and long-term disability programs
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • EAP services including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more


Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability and E-Verify Employer. At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for the Powertrain Test Engineer  is $80,800 - $126,600 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.