Sr Engineer Tool Design

Auto req ID: 23513 
Title: Sr Engineer Tool Design 
Job Function: Engineering 
Location: PILGRIM 
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company 
Full or Part-Time: Full Time 
Shift: SHIFT1 


At Harley-Davidson, we are building more than machines. It’s our passion and commitment to continue the evolution of this storied brand, and heighten the desirability of the Harley-Davidson experience. To keep building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution, and emotion we need the best and brightest talent. We stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Are you ready to join us?


Our Powertrain Operations facility, located on Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls, WI, is where the “jewel” of the motorcycle comes to life. Pilgrim Road employees produce engines and transmissions for the final assembly plant in York, Pennsylvania, as well as transmissions, and replacement parts for sale through Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories business. Join our team as a Sr Engineer Tool Design and help build the world’s most sought-after motorcycles.

Job Summary

Demonstrates in depth conceptual and practical knowledge in design and coordination of building tools, fixtures, and attachments used in machining, assembly, and production operations. Is responsible for locating and evaluating the capabilities of external design and build suppliers. Provides technical support and solves complex problems in analysis of manufacturing systems.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate with product engineering, manufacturing engineering , tool makers , and work groups to continually drive productivity improvements, cycle time reduction., reduced tooling cost per part and economical design of tools and fixtures.
  • Manages and tracks projects to ensure on time delivery of tools and fixtures. Supports established tool tracking system.
  • Provides tooling and fixtures which are ergonomically sound and complies with governmental regulations.
  • Responsible for helping to identify a supplier base with work group advisors, manufacturing engineers, and purchasing that will take a proactive role in meeting our existing and future needs. Part of the development of tracking systems (workload and project management) that will enable the Tool Design group to provide more detailed information of their activities.
  • Designs tools and fixtures to meet Harley-Davidson's standards in quality, ergonomics, and safety along with sustaining required production rates. Works with supervisors, manufacturing/product engineers, and operators in the development of tools, fixtures, and machines to support existing and new product and process design.
  • Provides robust tooling , fixturing, and attachments to meet established quality standards of production parts and assemblies.

Education Specifications

  •  HS Diploma or GED required.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field preferred.

Experience Requirements


  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within and / or lead a group or team providing guidance and training to other Tool Design Engineers in the development of new tools and in the resolution of tooling problems.


  • Good working knowledge of perishable tools, jigs, fixtures, and machining processes
  • Documentation management, Computer Aided Design and Personal Computer skills
  • Just-In-Time principles and Set-Up reduction
  • Practical applications of ergonomics
  • Organizational and project management skills
  • ISO 9000 standards and their relationship to quality policies and procedures.


Harley-Davidson is an equal opportunity employer that continues to build a culture of inclusion, belonging and equity through our commitment to attracting and retaining diverse talent from all backgrounds, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. We believe in fairness and providing a level playing field for all. We foster a culture that thrives on diverse perspectives and contributions to ignite the creativity and innovation to fuel our business and enhance the employee and customer experience.


The pay range shown represents the national average pay range for this role. Your pay may be more or less than the stated range and is dependent on your geographic location and level of experience.


We offer an inclusive compensation package for all full-time salaried employees including, but not limited to, annual bonus programs, health insurance benefits, a 401k program, onsite fitness centers and employee stores, employee discounts on products and accessories, and more. We welcome everybody to join our family and be united no matter who you are or where you come from. Learn more about Harley-Davidson here


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.


Direct Reports: No  
Travel Required: 0 - 10%  
Pay Range: 88,100 to 136,700
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship  
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance  





Nearest Major Market: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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