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Design Engineer - Rider/Vehicle Interface and Structures

Auto req ID: 1075 
Title: Design Engineer - Rider/Vehicle Interface and Structures 
Job Function: Engineering 
Location: PDC 
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company 
Full or Part-Time: Full Time 
Shift: SHIFT1 


We are paving more roads to Harley-Davidson by developing exhilarating new products, creating broader access to our iconic brand, and building a stronger dealer network. We can’t do it without the best and brightest. Step one of this strategic acceleration is adding talent who can blow the doors wide open with innovation and creativity while staying true to the Harley-Davidson brand and legacy. We are focused on the next 115 years. Are you in?

Job Summary


Harley-Davidson is on a mission to the lead the electrification of the Motorcycle Industry while staying true to our heritage of V-Twin powertrains in new and exciting ways. We are looking for a Design Engineer to help drive the design and development of chassis systems for H-D’s future portfolio of vehicles at the Harley-Davidson Motor Company Product Development Center (PDC) in Wauwatosa, WI.

Job Responsibilities


In this position you will: 

  • Design, optimize, integrate, and deliver component/system designs from concept to production for the:
    •  Rider/Vehicle Interface (RVI) & Structures systems including side stand, structural guards, rider/vehicle supprts, foot controls, handlebars, and seats.
  • Create CAD models, large virtual assemblies and detailed drawings for motorcycle components/systems utilizing techniques within Creo Parametric software.
  • Own detailed project plans for requirement setting, part development and procurement, test planning and testing utilizing FMEA and DVP&R tools
  • Leverage analytical methods and test data to help optimize systems and components for cost, weight and quality improvements
  • Feed project and part knowledge into guidelines and specification development for overall depth of knowledge in related parts and processes
  • Lead technical development and integration with domestic and international suppliers
  • Work with cross-functional groups up, down, and across the organization to obtain results
Education Specifications


  • This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering degree. Advanced degree appreciated.
Experience Requirements


  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience
  • Desired previous design experience in related systems/components and manufacturing processes
  • Understanding of fundamental physics and some usage of tools to improve and optimize designs (i.e. 3D CAD, engineering calculations, bolted joint analysis, FE analysis/simulation, GD&T, tolerance stack-up analysis)
  • Experience with risk mitigation APQP processes, including DFMEA, DVP&R, PFMEA and Control Plans
  • Comfort in managing functional trade-offs between components and improving designs through clear understanding of operating envelopes, load paths, manufacturing processes, assembly processes, material properties, bolted joint analysis, datum schemes, and tolerancing.
  • Success in solving challenging technical problems with innovative solutions in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate technical subjects in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization. 
  • Success in directly or indirectly leading a team to meet aggressive quality, cost, timing, and performance objectives.
  • Experience with project management tools and principles


At Harley-Davidson it is not just about the degree you have or what you know. You must also exhibit and demonstrate our valued behaviors in everything you do:


  • Be accountable
  • Model Integrity
  • Value Individuality and Diversity
  • Inspire Teamwork
  • Encourage Creativity


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 believe that employees do their best work when they are free to be themselves. This means our dress code is relaxed, and all types of work styles are welcomed.


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


Direct Reports: No 
Travel Required: 0 - 10% 
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Relocation: This position is eligible for domestic relocation assistance (within posted country) 





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