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Powertrain Performance Engineer



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

Requisition Summary

We are looking for a driven Powertrain Performance Engineer for our Powertrain Integration and Performance group. Specific focus will be heavy duty vehicle powertrain performance of the North American PACCAR engine families. The selected individual will work in a global cross-divisional team to develop the best performing Powertrains for North America.

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.

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.

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!

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Uses sound engineering principles and experience to develop test procedures to conduct targeted BEV powertrain development and performance testing.
  • Supports initiatives to benchmark and test all PACCAR and competitive powertrain systems and provide subjective and objective feedback.
  • Supports technical analysis on benchmarking of PACCAR and competitive powertrain systems for heavy and medium-duty vehicles with focus on fuel economy and drivability analysis.
  • Supports powertrain test cell activities for powertrain software development, integration and optimization including advanced predictive features.
  • Works with suppliers on software and hardware updates and deliveries on all powertrain systems.
  • Provides technical analysis and input for new powertrain systems, advanced predictive features, and emerging powertrain systems.
  • Actively participates in on vehicle development, verification, release and implementation of software for North American vehicles and aftermarket support.
  • Provides relevant input to the development, communication and management of vehicle development plans, including timing, quality and budget.
  • Supports embedded engineering group with new product requirement definitions and software prototyping initiatives.


  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience preferred.
  • Sound knowledge of simulation and modeling tools for powertrain Simulation, as well as engine and transmission control systems.
  • Self-directed, excellent analysis and engineering judgment required.
  • Previously demonstrated ability to manage complex projects required.
  • Prior experience developing and testing powertrain products for vehicles preferred.
  • Sound knowledge of test cell and in vehicle performance calibration, calibration tools, and engine and powertrain control systems.
  • Organized and disciplined with ability to manage personal workload and a willingness and initiative to respond to shifting time and project demands.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills including the delivery of formal presentations.
  • Ability to summarize technical issues and communicate quickly and effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to develop trusting business relationships.
  • Knowledge of the Advanced Product Quality Process preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 20%.


BS in appropriate technical field required.

Paccar Benefits

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

  • Competitive salary and 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, 12 paid holidays, and sick leave
  • 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 program
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • EAP services including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more
  • Global Fortune 500 company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their field

Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability. 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 “Powertrain Performance Engineer” is $84,000 - $131,700 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for a full range of benefit options listed above. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift. #LI-ZP1