Sr Design Engineer

Auto req ID: 12862 
Title: Sr Design Engineer 
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  Sr Design Engineer.

Job Summary

This Senior Design Engineer position will be responsible for collaborating with cross-functional stakeholders to design, develop and deliver paint, graphics, and cosmetic components from concept to production. You will work with experienced design engineers, styling designers, manufacturing engineers, and product line managers as a team to successfully launch world class new and innovative paint designs each year across the Harley-Davidson motorcycle portfolio. Join the exclusive team that sets the bar for paint style, quality, and desirability in motorcycles and beyond.

Job Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate working knowledge and experience of new and changing technology through continuous learning to develop high quality paint and graphics designs and continuously improve processes. Ability to drive results with a moderate level of guidance and direction.
  • Impact quality of their own work through effectively communicating complex information with stakeholders such as designers, detailers, technicians, and outside suppliers.
  • Solve engineering issues relating to quality, cost, and timing expectations by analyzing possible solutions using technical experience and judgement with a moderate level of guidance and direction.
  • Provide informal guidance to junior design engineer team members and delegate responsibilities to team members when appropriate.
  • Work effectively with cross functional teams and participate in time to market reduction initiatives by identifying, implementing, and measuring the results of paint product development techniques within the team.
  • Present design progress to cross-functional team through design reviews, facilitate design direction decisions amongst peers and leaders, and develop project development timelines.
  • Responsible for data management launch cycles including leading designer, detailer, and contracted resources.
  • Direct mockup motorcycle creation for design reviews and assessments. 

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • Requires a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related technical Degree.

Experience Requirements



  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering calculations, creative problem solving, and balancing design requirement priorities.
  • Experience with PLM data management tools.


  • Motorcycle or automotive/vehicle experience.
  • Two years experience in CAD software, PTC tools preferred
  • Experience with vector graphics software.


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: Yes 
Travel Required: 0 - 10% 
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance 





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