Design Engineer - Human Factors - Hybrid

Auto req ID: 23090 
Title: Design Engineer - Human Factors - Hybrid 
Job Function: Engineering 
Location: PDC 
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?


The Harley-Davidson Motor Company Product Development Center (PDC) located in Wauwatosa, WI is home to the mantra – You dream it. We build it. Join our team as a  Design Engineer - Human Factors - Hybrid.

Job Summary


This position is a Systems Engineering position with responsibility for overseeing, coordinating, and conducting Human Factors Engineering work across Harley-Davidson Motor Company.  The ideal candidate is passionate about the vehicle AND the customer, seeking out solutions to provide and continuously improve the Harley-Davidson motorcycle experience for our customers and dealers.  This position resides within OE Engineering and will focus on the development of highly desirable new systems and vehicles.  The individual in this position will also be involved with projects from other parts of the organization such as Current Product, Parts & Accessories, Digital Growth and others.   

Job Responsibilities


  • Perform Human Factors Engineering within the Systems Groups and partner with others in the organization to oversee and prioritize HFE work.
  • Support the creation, delivery, and measurement of vehicle / system HCI and ergonomic requirements.
  • Leverage statistical methods, HFE information, and study results to provide recommendations for design optimization to project teams to enable meeting HFE requirements.
  • Plan and execute usability testing for vehicle programs, including driver distraction testing, iconography studies, app testing and more.
  • Research and create design concepts and interaction maps for vehicle systems such as displays.
  • Involvement with UX/UI design activities across project teams and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct ergonomic testing at the vehicle and system level to enable design selection and maturation.
  • Support project teams and other stakeholders with research and information to aid in the fulfillment of vehicle / system HCI and ergonomic requirements, as well as human performance.
  • Own the maintenance and evolution of HFE standards, test methods, guidelines, processes, equipment and HFE Lab.
  • Ownership or oversite of Program Management requirements – developing HFE requirements, timelines, test planning, etc.
  • Arrange and conduct vehicle level studies including hands-on operation and movement of parts and vehicles.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications


  • This position requires an undergraduate degree in a technical field related to human factors.

Experience Requirements


This position requires a minimum of 3 years of relevant human factors experience in a technical field.  In addition, the successful candidate will have demonstrated the following:

  • Motorcycle rider or desire to learn is required.
  • Understanding of usability testing of products, such as displays and phone apps using iconography studies, card sorts, tree jacks, etc.
  • Understanding of ergonomic testing and providing robust, data-driven recommendations for improvements.
  • Continuous improvement mindset with experience developing and advancing test methods and processes.
  • Ability to problem solve and get involved in the creation of test componentry to complete ergonomic and HCI studies.
  • Knowledge and use of statistical methods to review data and provide guidance on design direction.
  • Understanding of UX/UI design principles and use of Adobe XD, Figma or related software to create testable prototypes.
  • Comfortable in advocating for HFE-driven insights in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization and providing data/rationale for recommendations. 
  • Continuous learner willing to research and seek out information for team’s requests and self-development.  


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. Learn more about Harley-Davidson here


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


Direct Reports: Yes  
Travel Required: 0 - 10%  
Pay Range: $80,000 - $100,000
Visa Sponsorship: This position is eligible for visa sponsorship  
Relocation: This position is eligible for domestic relocation assistance (within posted country)  





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