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Daimler Trucks North America Thermal Management Systems Engineer (L6) in Portland, Oregon

When you join Daimler, you become an agent of change within our global community of people working to create a cleaner, safer, and more efficient world for today and tomorrow. Through innovation at all levels, our teams ensure our world-changing brands continue to increase the quality of life and the business success of our customers, their customers, and the world around them. The Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) brand portfolio is second to none, and includes Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Detroit engines and components, Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis.

We are the undisputed leader in the commercial vehicle market and the industry’s technology trendsetter. Empowered by purpose, DTNA employees drive a Technology Revolution through innovative products and a customer-centric culture. Our dedication to our customers and society does not end once our products hit the road. That’s because we believe that business success and social responsibility go hand in hand. We immerse ourselves in our customer’s experience, and support the environmental responsibilities of our sites to ensure our products are the reliable, sustainable and the desired tools of the future.

Job Overview

Chassis Powertrain Engineering is about creating exceptional products that are attractive and add value for our customers. We focus on innovation and quality while delivering products on time and within budget. We have a passion for the product. We seek out and embrace customer feedback - both good and bad. We are a supportive work environment and treat each other with respect. We strive for continuous improvement – we are a learning organization. We aim for the highest standards and our success is built on innovation, attention to detail, and a commitment to meeting customer expectations.

We take pride in our work and we like to have fun!

This position is in Thermal Management Systems, which is part of Chassis Powertrain Engineering. This group is responsible for the design, performance, and integration of diesel engine cooling systems and zero-emission vehicles (e.g. battery-electric and fuel cell). Powertrain Engineering is a fast moving and rewarding new product development group responsible for installation of powertrains and development of peripheral systems.


  • Concept, develop, and release best-in-class solutions for Western Star and Freightliner vehicles, with awareness to overall vehicle packaging

  • Apply theoretical principles and engineering techniques to design systems that are reliable, serviceable, efficient, and competitive and use the latest technology available

  • Support truck manufacturing plants, sales order processing, quality groups, and service engineering

  • Promptly respond to shop calls and plant build issues. Understand the ramifications of these issues and how their potential solutions roll out across multiple projects and products. Select and implement suitable counter measures

  • Interface and support other teams including product design, validation engineering, compliance, manufacturing, sales and marketing

  • Interact with multi-tier supplier base to ensure conformance of designs to specifications, internal and external customer expectations, engineering practices and government regulations

  • Provide a broad emphasis on continuous improvement and challenge others to top performance

  • Act as a consensus builder to various stake holders to maintain directional support throughout the project life cycle

  • Manage multiple assignments concurrently, and prioritize them in a manner consistent with business goals

  • Successfully implement projects on time and within budget

  • Proactively inform management of project issues, delays and risks

  • Improve competitive market position by keeping abreast of state of the art developments in the trucking industry and applying the new knowledge to designs

  • Generate and implement ideas to continuously improve work environment, systems, tools, processes as well as product cost and quality

  • Use NX and other design tools to create and maintain 3D part designs, detailed 2D part and assembly drawings, GD&T, packaging studies, and installation diagrams

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university/college with 3 years of related experience required

  • BS/ME - Mechanical Engineering or related field required

  • Demonstrated CAD expertise, including surface development (NX) required

  • Demonstrated strong verbal & written skills required

  • Proven follow-through and ability to work independently required

  • Ability to work with other design areas to reconcile conflicting design solutions into robust and cost effective solutions required

  • Experience preparing and giving presentations required

  • Understanding of engineering & upstream/downstream processes required

  • Experience leading implementation of cross-functional improvement initiatives required

  • Experience with DTNA systems (SMARAGD, IMACS , etc.) required

  • An attached resume is required

Typical Minimum Experience Preferred (Desired Skills/Experience)

  • Knowledge of vehicle assembly plant processes preferred

  • Demonstrated strategic foresight, ability to anticipate questions/next steps, and ability to motivate self and others preferred

Additional Information

  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work permanently in the U.S. at the time of application

  • Final candidate must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check

  • EEO/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

For an accommodation or special assistance with applying for a posted position, please contact our Human Resources department at 503-745-8982 or toll free 800-206-3369. For TTY/TDD enabled call 503-745-2137 or toll free 866-355-6935.

Organization: Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Title: Thermal Management Systems Engineer (L6)

Location: Oregon-Portland

Requisition ID: DAI0000J2H