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Paccar | Mount Vernon, Washington
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Job Description

Requisition Summary

 The PACCAR Powertrain Validation group is responsible for system level testing of engine, transmission, vehicle, and exhaust aftertreatment hardware and software for development and current product programs. Group members develop specialized roles (engine, transmission software, vehicle performance, aftertreatment systems, etc.) while maintaining cross-disciplinary training and knowledge. 

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

  • Serves as a Powertrain Validation, Software Manager and Subject Matter Expert, which requires comprehensive vehicle software understanding and hands-on technical experience.
  • Plans, coordinates, manages and oversees all Powertrain Validation Software updates with minimal supervision
  • Requires in depth software technical experience, perseverance, patience, strong dedication and attention to detail to work through various dynamic software issues
  • Ensures the Powertrain Validation team is kept informed of all the applicable software changes
  • Analyzes project requests, discusses project requirements with requestors and formulates preliminary project plans, budgets, and schedules
  • Designs fixtures, specifies and oversees instrumentation, equipment, vehicles, loading configurations, software versions, and data processing techniques
  • Leads the test setup, verifies that test equipment and instrumentation equipment meets specified requirements and performs software and data checks
  • Oversees and manages data collection and analysis
  • Writes reports, as appropriate, incorporating results, conclusions, and recommendations
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative and productive work relations with all other departments
  • Develop and maintain a high level of familiarity with PACCAR products and service tools
  • Present results of test or investigative projects to divisions or management personnel
  • Off-site testing requires up to 10% travel


  • Minimum 6 months of truck/automotive powertrain hardware and software testing experience desired
  • Ability to summarize technical issues and communicate effectively
  • Self-directed, excellent analysis and technical judgment required


BS degree in appropriate engineering discipline; MS preferred

Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability.

About Paccar

PACCAR Inc, operates through two segments: design, manufacture and distribution of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and related aftermarket distribution of parts, and finance and leasing services provided to customers and dealers. The Company's finance and leasing activities are principally related to Company products and associated equipment. Other manufactured products include industrial winches. The Company and its subsidiaries design and manufacture heavy-duty diesel trucks, which are marketed under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. The Truck and Other businesses include a division of the Company, which manufactures industrial winches in two United States plants and markets them under the Braden, Carco, and Gearmatic nameplates. In North America, Australia and 16 European countries, the Company provides financing and leasing arrangements, principally for its manufactured trucks, through wholly owned finance companies operating under the PACCAR Financial trade name. (Source: 10-K)

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