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CAE - Structural & Dynamics Engineer



Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

CAE – Structural & Dynamics Engineer

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!

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.

Requisition Summary

The PACCAR Technical Center is seeking an experienced CAE – Structural & Dynamics Engineer to support the development of heavy-duty trucks with best-in-class durability, ride, and handling feature. The successful candidate will possess a solid background in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulation and calculations and knowledgeable in vehicle dynamics (ride comfort, vehicle handling, noise, and vibration) concepts. Responsibilities include interfacing directly with Kenworth and Peterbilt engineering team, planning, and maintaining project schedules and budgets, using engineering skills to predict design viability, and communicating those results - with recommendations - to respective engineers. Previous experience testing ground vehicles is desired.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Analyze components, assemblies, sub-assemblies, and full vehicle using FEA tools (such as ABAQUS, Optistruct, LSDYNA), Fatigue life calculations tools (such as n-code, FE-safe), and validate the models with test correlations.
  • Develop simulation models and perform vehicle dynamic studies and validate the models with test correlations.
  • Analyze complex simulation data and provide objective guidance on ride, handling, noise, vibration, and durability performance.
  • Support validation team 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.
  • Communicate simulation results stating clear recommendations and proposals to design teams.
  • Publish technical project reports to document test scope, methods, results, and conclusions.
  • Continually improve the simulation methods and processes used for correlation, while striving to meet multiple project deliverables.
  • 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+ years of relevant work experience with a strong background in structural analysis (Implicit and Explicit analysis).
  • Experience with multi-body dynamics, ride comfort, and/or NVH simulation is desired.
  • Working knowledge of pre- and post-processors (Hypermesh, Hyperview), FEA software (ABAQUS, LSDYNA), and fatigue life calculators (n-code, FE-safe)
  • Previous experience in ADAMS, Motionview, Matlab/Simulink or similar vehicle dynamics simulation tools is desired.
  • 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.


Bachelor's degree in relevant field required. Master's degree (or higher) in the Mechanical Engineering preferred.

Additional Job Board Information

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

Employee Referral

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 CAE – Structural & Dynamics Engineer is $96,700 - $151,300 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.