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Vehicle Performance Engineer



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

Requisition Summary

Vehicle Performance Engineer

The Vehicle Performance Group is responsible for vehicle-level development and validation testing in multiple functional areas including vehicle dynamics, NVH (noise, vibration, harshness), steering systems, fuel economy, aerodynamics, and brake systems. This engineering role will support various test projects, either taking lead or by providing senior engineering staff with technical support. The successful candidate will possess a solid background in Mechanical Engineering or a related field and have a fundamental knowledge of automotive systems and/or ground vehicle testing.

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 Technical Center provides engineering excellence to the truck, engine, and winch divisions of PACCAR Inc through innovative product development and testing. The Technical Center is located in the Skagit Valley about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with engineering customers to define test objectives and strategies.
  • Develop project plans that define test deliverables, scope of activities, budgets, and schedules.
  • Manage execution of multiple projects to deliver results on time and within budget, coordinating resources and working closely with technical support groups and/or engineering teams.
  • Execute vehicle-level test programs onsite and/or at offsite locations.
  • Analyze data and exercise good engineering judgment to reach 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.
  • Support the product development and validation test activities of senior engineering staff.
  • Support related technical groups in the development of new vehicle technologies, including autonomous driving features, battery electric and alternative fuel vehicles, etc.


  • 1-3 years of relevant work experience with a background in ground vehicle testing preferred.
  • Fundamental knowledge of automotive and commercial vehicle systems.
  • Sound engineering judgment and technical analysis.
  • Ability and desire to learn new tools and engineering methods.
  • Effective project and time management.
  • Effective communication, administration, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage personal workload, demonstrate flexibility, initiative, and the willingness to learn and improve upon engineering processes.


BS in Mechanical Engineering or related technical discipline required. MS preferred.

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 Performance Engineer is $75,100 - $112,300 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.