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Engineer Systems - Vehicle Dynamics

Auto req ID: 11695 
Title: Engineer Systems - Vehicle Dynamics 
Job Function: Engineering 
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 Corporate Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI is the site where the first H-D factory - a wooden shed - was built in 1903 in the backyard of the William C. Davidson family home. Join our team as a Engineer Systems - Vehicle Dynamics.


Job Summary

As a Systems Engineer in Vehicle Dynamics, you are responsible for delivering world class ride and handling performance for current and future Harley-Davidson vehicles through the application of vehicle dynamics theory, simulation, and laboratory and on-vehicle testing. You will interact with all areas of engineering as well as external stakeholders such as styling and marketing to translate the Voice of Customer into exciting, highly capable vehicles that exceed customers' expectations. You must also keep an eye on the future and help identify and develop new technologies and methods to improve vehicle development capabilities, deliver exciting vehicles, and advance the state of the art in vehicle dynamics. You will join a team of a passionate, dedicated, high performing two-wheeled enthusiasts who create an environment that will challenge you to excel and encourage your technical and personal development.


Job Responsibilities

  • Manages and performs vehicle testing to deliver superior ride, handling, and stability performance
  • Ties subjective evaluations to fundamental vehicle dynamics concepts, objective measures, requirements, and vehicle design attributes
  • Performs vehicle dynamics simulation studies to identify influences of key vehicle parameters and drive design direction prior to and during physical vehicle testing
  • Creates test, evaluation, and design guidelines along with standardized tools that seamlessly support new product development and innovation teams
  • Creates and manages project timelines that integrate into the overall timing of the larger program and account for all key cross functional requirements
  • Demonstrates the ability to work with others across all levels of the organization, effectively communicates technical and practical attributes of vehicle performance, and builds consensus when needed
  • Explores potential new product spaces and applications of two-wheeled vehicles and develops relevant test methods and performance criteria to deliver ground-breaking designs and exciting new products


Education Required:

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related engineering degree is required.


Education Specifications:

Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related technical degree.


Experience Requirements:

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of relevant engineering experience in a related field.  In addition, they will have demonstrated some or all of the following:

  • Technical understanding of vehicle dynamics concepts and their relationship to subjective and objective measures of vehicle performance
  • Analytical aptitude for creation or use of objective test methods, metrics, and analysis techniques
  • Familiarity or training in computer programming and other automated data analysis tools (Matlab, Somat InField, Python, GlyphWorks etc.)
  • Vehicle development via simulation, test data acquisition and analysis, or on-vehicle testing
  • Interaction / collaboration with remote test sites
  • Proficiency with project management tools and principles in topics such as requirements, scheduling, risks and issues, budgets, metrics, and test planning
  • Development of vehicle or system requirements based on quantitative and qualitative customer expectations


Preferred Experience:

  • Strong motorcycle riding and evaluation skills
  • Experience installing, calibrating, and/or testing with data acquisition systems
  • Interaction or participation with motorsports teams (preferably motorcycles)
  • Understanding of kinematic and dynamic principles and relevant experience, training, or exposure with dynamic simulation software packages such as LMS Virtual Lab, ADAMS, Working model 3D, Matlab/Simulink, FastBike, CARSIM, BIKESIM, Altair MotionView, VI-Grade, etc.


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.


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: No 
Travel Required: 10 - 25% 
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance 





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