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Summer Internship 2024 - Vehicle Controls Engineering Intern Job



Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2023

Requisition Summary

The PACCAR Technical Center is looking for an engineering intern interested in vehicle controls and electrical systems on medium and heavy duty battery electric and diesel powered trucks. This position’s primary tasks include development support for diesel hybrid electric vehicle and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) systems for 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 high-quality light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes 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 Program Management.  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.



Job Functions / Responsibilities

The Engineering Intern – Vehicle Controls will learn about powertrain and ADAS system fundamentals. The specific activities include:

  • Designing control strategies using The MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink software suites
  • Systems integration – including skills such as: ensuring basic design intent is met, mechanical fitment and clearance, electrical wiring, and troubleshooting communications issues between ECUs, sensors, and actuators
  • Support electrical architecture design decisions and system documentation for PACCAR Advanced Controls related projects


  • Coding experience desired, MATLAB, C, Python
  • Strong computer skills including Windows and MS Office
  • Excellent communication and technical writing skills required



Currently working for an undergraduate or graduate degree in Electrical Engineering or other relevant major




Technical Acumen
Lead Innovation and Quality Initiatives
Influence Others
Drive for Results
Demonstrate Adaptability
Act with Integrity

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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 below.

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


If you would like more information about what makes PACCAR an excellent place to work, please visit the PACCAR Career Site.

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.