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Summer Internship 2024 : Battery & Alternative Fuels Powertrain Validation Job



Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Requisition Summary

PACCAR Technical Center has an opening for a Battery & Alternative Fuels Powertrain Validation Intern to add to our Vehicle Integration and Validation Team in Mount Vernon, WA. Are you looking for an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution in a dynamic organization? As an intern at PACCAR, you’ll get the opportunity to work on real projects and have fun along the way! This is your chance to work on cutting-edge technology within a company dedicated to environmental leadership and giving back.

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 Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity to learn about PACCAR through a work assignment in Vehicle Integration Validation.  Each intern will be integrated into division and department meetings, activities and events to ensure an understanding of PACCAR and our truck brands Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF. You will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our dynamic organization, while learning valuable engineering skills to add to your resume.  At the end of your internship, you have the opportunity to present your accomplishments to your fellow interns and senior management.  PACCAR provides a professional, real-life intern experience while also providing opportunities to meet other interns and participate in events at our truck companies, testing facility and more. Start your career as an intern with PACCAR today!

The Paccar Technical Center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the development and validation of emerging technologies such as vehicle electrification and autonomous driving systems. Work with professional engineers on hands-on projects and learn state of the art technologies! The Paccar Technical Center is located in scenic Mt. Vernon, Washington north of Seattle and south of Vancouver, British Columbia.


The Vehicle Integration Validation department performs on-vehicle validation testing for PACCAR vehicles including engines, transmissions, driver interfaces, and battery electric drivetrains.


Internships include unique learning opportunities:
•    Learn first-hand from the industry's top professionals
•    Work directly with professional Engineers and Senior Managers
•    Develop mentoring relationships with management
•    Gain valuable hands-on experience

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with PACCAR’s Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and alternative fuel vehicles being tested for future production.
  • Conduct vehicle testing in collaboration with team members. Testing to be conducted on test track and/or offsite when required.
  • Participates in hands on set up of tests, vehicle upfits, software/hardware updates, data collection and analysis.
  • Responsible for safe working practices on and around high voltage vehicles.


  • Highly self-motivated, accountable, and driven to produce results.
  • Interest in BEVs and familiarity with BEV components.
  • Interest in automotive, and familiarity with vehicle powertrain components.
  • Ability to summarize technical issues and communicate effectively.
  • Experience with CAN based control systems and diagnostic tools desired.


Junior or Senior in good standing towards an Electrical Engineering, Mechanical, Automotive or equivalent degree.

Intern Benefits

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 is $25/hr for undergraduate students and $30/hr for graduate students. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.


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

  • Competitive salary and 401k with up to a 5% company match
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA)
  • EAP services: including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling, and more
  • Global Fortune 500 company with a wide array of growth, training, and development opportunities
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their field


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