Lead Digital Sculptor

Auto req ID: 16088 
Title: Lead Digital Sculptor 
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  Lead Digital Sculptor.


The Lead Digital Sculptor is a member of the Design Studio’s Technical Operations team that leads the co-ordination and development of digital and physical vehicle concept mock-ups working alongside Industrial Designers, Design Engineers, and Model Builders through the utilization of computer-aided design, rapid prototyping, visualization & communication, and project management. The Lead Digital Sculptor is also considered a key continuous improvement champion identifying and implementing new technologies into the digital sculptor job duties and overall design process.  



  • Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders to develop part designs that meet functional & aesthetic requirements
  • Develop & manage 3D CAD part models and full-vehicle large assemblies (LAM)
  • Establish and host CAD design reviews with design studio team members
  • Provide technical feedback to industrial designers, model builders, and prototype suppliers throughout development process
  • Create technical drawings to communicate part design to internal machine shop and/or outside suppliers
  • Utilize working knowledge of designing for rapid prototyping processes such as SLS & SLA 3D printing, CNC milling, and traditional metal fabrication techniques (i.e. cutting, welding, bending)
  • Establish mock-up build strategy alongside the industrial design and the concept build shop team members 
  • Co-ordinate, communicate, and track part ordering and delivery in support of physical mock-up builds utilizing the electronic work order system and indirect procurement
  • Provides continuous improvement direction on new technologies or tools to advance the work of the Digital Sculptors and the design process (for example the implementation of Virtual Reality technologies into the design process)



  • Bachelors of Arts degree preferred



  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience
  • Interpreting design direction in the form of verbal instructions, concept sketches, and/or clay models.
  • Conceptualizing and communicating alternative design solutions through CAD models, hand-sketches, etc.
  • CAD modeling highly stylized and functional parts utilizing sub-divisional, parametric, and technical surfacing modeling along with sheet-metal and mechanism tools and techniques
  • Managing large assemblies utilizing simplified representations
  • Generating working CAD models from clay scan data
  • Utilizing real-time visualization tools such as Keyshot, KeyVR, or VRED
  • Managing projects


Preferred Experience:

  • Experience working in a transportation design studio desired.
  • Experience with working with clay during the design process desired.



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: 0 - 10%  
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No  
Visa Sponsorship: This position is eligible for visa sponsorship  
Relocation: This position is eligible for international relocation assistance (country to country)  





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