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Job Description

Kenworth Truck Company is seeking a motivated Sales/Applications Engineer to join our Engineering Operations team. Ideal candidates would be comfortable breaking down complex engineering processes to those that do not have a technical background, and be successful in interacting with various internal and external departments.

The Sales/Applications Engineer's core responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for being the engineering expert on how the truck will be operated by the end user, how the dealer will order the truck and the best combination of available options for the customer's application.
  • Respond to formal dealer inquiries regarding truck specifications and performance.
  • Support design and manufacturing engineering on specific projects, providing the voice of the customer and dealer.
  • Answer dealers' telephone inquires, job requests, and option approval requests (OARs).
  • Review and coordinate development of custom design requests.
  • Provide engineering support of PROSPECTOR, databook, and application programs.
  • Travel to customers and dealers to provide sales support for truck order reviews.
  • Provide technical knowledge for dealer training and other Kenworth training courses. 
  • Travel to support marketing events and industry trade shows.


  • Bachelor of science (BS) degree required; BSME, BSEE, or BSCh preferred.
  • Fundamentals of engineering (FE) or professional engineer (PE) license desired.
  • Truck Industry experience or related field required.
  • Six sigma experience desired (i.e. DFSS, GB, BB).
  • Field service experience desired.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must; customer service oriented.
  • Competency in the use of computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; programming and/or Pro/E experience a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment.
  • General knowledge of truck or automotive systems/components and how they function/interact.
  • Mechanical and/or electrical experience and aptitude.
  • Project support and leadership for small to moderate size projects, including customer requests, process improvements, and product development support.
  • Understanding of basic principles of computer/application program operation and willingness to support maintenance of existing applications and development of new processes and applications. Will work with factory and IT groups.

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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