Mechanical Design Engineer (Multiple Openings throughout Groups)

Auto req ID: 11356 
Title: Mechanical Design Engineer (Multiple Openings throughout Groups) 
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 Product Development Center (PDC) located in Wauwatosa, WI is home to the mantra – You dream it. We build it. Join our team as a  Mechanical Design Engineer (Multiple Openings throughout Groups).

Job Summary

As the design responsible engineer of key systems/components, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders from design, engineering, manufacturing, and service to develop and deliver systems that balance the needs of these stakeholders while optimizing the design for function, visuals, weight, cost, and manufacturability.  Through deep knowledge and understanding of your systems, you will drive the design to meet the requirements of the vehicle and the program and follow the design to production.  You will have the opportunity to design great motorcycles in a great way utilizing our streamlined MX product development methodology and design for quality processes to enable delivery of highly desirable motorcycles.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design, optimize, integrate, and deliver robust component/system designs from concept to production that optimize stakeholder needs.
  • Create CAD models, large virtual assemblies and detailed drawings / PRDs utilizing techniques within Creo Parametric software.
  • Own detailed project plans for requirement setting, part development and procurement, test planning and testing.
  • Leverage analytical methods and test data to help optimize systems and components for cost, weight and quality improvements.
  • Verify system performance to H-D standards, approve supplier validation, and work with test and verification entities to ensure systems meet or exceed targets.
  • Develop designs through technical development and integration with domestic and international suppliers.
  • Support production plants through issue resolution and regulatory compliance activities.
  • Resolve technical issues by applying problem-solving techniques and facilitating cross-functional engineering & test support as needed.
  • Support a Continuous Improvement culture by providing project and part knowledge to enable guideline and specification development.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related technical degree.

Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will have a minimum of:

  • No relevant experience (Associate Design Engineer)
  • 3 years of relevant design experience in related field (Design Engineer
  • 5 years of relevant design experience in related field (Senior Design Engineer)

In addition, they will have demonstrated the following:

  • Understanding of fundamental physics and usage of tools to improve and optimize designs.
  • Experience designing and developing vehicle systems/components utilizing multiple manufacturing processes from concept to production.
  • Success in directly using 3D CAD to develop robust component designs, utilizing engineering calculations, analysis/simulation, GD&T, tolerance stack-ups and other tools.
  • Experience in Design for Assembly and Design for Manufacturing at component and system levels as well as quality risk mitigation processes including DFMEA and DVP&R.
  • Ability to communicate technical subjects in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization.
  • Success in directly or indirectly leading a team or supplier to meet aggressive quality, cost, timing, and performance objectives
  • Ability to work with diverse global teams both internally and externally (suppliers)
  • Desired previous design experience in related powertrain or chassis systems/components and manufacturing processes.  
  • Familiar with engineering authorizations and changes.
  • Motorcycle rider or desire to learn is appreciated.


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% 





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