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Engine Test Lab Operations Manager



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

Requisition Summary

The Engine Test Lab Operations Manager will work at PACCAR’s Engine Test Laboratory (ETL) in Mount Vernon, Washington. This manager will lead a group of engineers and technicians who are responsible for running and managing powertrain testing activities as well as maintaining and upgrading ETL facility and software systems.

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

  • Responsible for supervision, coordination, and development of engineers and technicians performing and supporting testing in engine and powertrain test cells
  • Provide expertise to plan and conduct performance, durability, and emissions testing of heavy-duty on-highway powertrain systems to support program goals of European and North American PACCAR divisions
  • Mentor ETL staff with regard to cell and engine operation, emissions measurement practices, data analysis, and quality validation
  • Review project requests and assemble resources required for testing
  • Identify and implement processes to improve the quality and efficiency of powertrain testing, emissions measurement, and data processing in the ETL
  • Assess operational needs, including processes, staffing, and equipment, and provide input to higher management
  • Lead facility and software upgrades for capability enhancements, standardization, and compliance with applicable regulatory requirements
  • Work with PACCAR colleagues to align EU and US powertrain testing facilities and procedures
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and productive work relations with other departments and divisions


  • Minimum 10 years work experience performing powertrain testing in an engine and emissions test laboratory
  • Knowledge of diesel engine and exhaust aftertreatment system operation and control systems
  • Thorough understanding of industry and regulatory standards, including 40 CFR Part 86, 1036, 1037, and 1065
  • Desire to work with ETL staff, fostering teamwork and employee development
  • Ability to summarize technical issues and communicate effectively
  • Self-directed with excellent analysis skills, technical judgment, and attention to detail


BS in engineering

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 ETL Operations Manager is $110,600 - $173,000 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for a holiday gift. #LI-ZP1