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Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Job



Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2023

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 designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines 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!

Requisition Summary

The PACCAR Technical Center is seeking an experienced Vehicle Dynamics Engineer to conduct vehicle development and validation testing. The successful candidate will possess a solid background in vehicle dynamics (ride comfort, vehicle handling, noise and vibration), and have previous experience testing ground vehicles.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Support product development with technical consulting and vehicle dynamics expertise.
  • Provide technical leadership developing truck designs focused on customer comfort and satisfaction in the areas of ride, handling, noise, and vibration. 
  • Develop project plans that define test deliverables, scope of activities, labor and material costs, and schedules.
  • Manage execution of multiple projects to deliver results on time and within budget, coordinating resources and working closely with support groups.
  • Analyze complex data to form accurate conclusions.
  • Communicate test results stating clear recommendations and proposals to design teams. 
  • Publish technical project reports to document test scope, methods, results, and conclusions.
  • Continually improve the processes used to guide engineering decisions, while striving to increase test efficiency and data quality.
  • Assist with the creation, validation, and analysis of full-vehicle truck models for ride comfort, structure-borne noise, durability of design concepts.
  • Analyze driveline vibration for vehicle development and field related issues.
  • Support related technical groups in the development of new vehicle technologies, including autonomous driving features, battery electric and alternative fuel vehicles, etc.

Qualifications & Skills

  • 5-8 years of relevant work experience with a strong background in structural dynamics, multi-body dynamics, ride comfort, and/or NVH simulation.
  • Experience with test sensors and data acquisition equipment, including accelerometers, linear transducers, microphones.
  • Familiarity with human sensitivity to full-body vibration, automotive NVH, acoustics, and sound quality metrics.
  • Fundamental knowledge of automotive vehicle systems.
  • Ability and desire to learn new tools and methods unique to PACCAR.
  • Effective analysis and project management skills and excellent engineering judgment. 
  • Effective communication, administration and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage personal workload, demonstrate flexibility, initiative, and the willingness to respond to shifting timelines and project demands.


  • MS in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline preferred, or BS with relevant work experience.

U.S. Benefits

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 Vehicle Dynamics Engineer is $93,000 - $145,500 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.

Employee Referral

This position may be eligible for an employee referral bonus. Please review the Employee Referral Bonus Instructions for information on steps or contact your HR representative.