Sr Design Engineer

Auto req ID: 13022 
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

Join our team as a Senior Design Engineer and help support the Value Engineering team within Current Product Engineering at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.  This role is instrumental in leading the delivery of projects that follow principles of Value Analysis and Value Engineering (VA/VE).  This role works with other high-performing teams and an array of internal and external stakeholders to deliver VA/VE project that meet program time, quality, and cost targets.  In this role, you will be part of a cross-functional team working with supply management team members and other engineers focused on delivering cost reduction designs across the entire vehicle portfolio.  The senior design engineer will use engineering tools such as CAD models and drawings, as well as predictive analysis and conventional engineering tools and calculations, to demonstrate and communicate robustness of designs. The senior design engineer must develop and track work through detailed project plans, lead presentation of design options through a formalized design review process, perform DFMEAs, DVP&Rs, analyze test results and bring closure to test findings, and deliver new designs and product changes to production.

Job Responsibilities

•    Identify cost reduction opportunities within current product engineering
•    Design, lead, and deliver self-contained cost reduction designs from concept to production
•    Develop and track detailed project plans, lead design reviews, perform DFMEAs, DVP&Rs and analyze risks
•    Ensure silent Model Year Launch and Running Change activities
•    Collaborate up, down and across the organization to obtain results by communicating openly and actively listening

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
•    Strong understanding of whole vehicle mechanical systems with detailed system/component design and integration experience
•    Proven technical knowledge and design experience that can be applied to Harley-Davidson's existing vehicle technologies
•    Proven track record of creative problem-solving
•    Broad understanding of manufacturing processes including casting, forging, stamping, and injection molding
•    Demonstrated knowledge of developing robust designs using DFMEA principles and tools
•    Extensive knowledge of Design for Assembly and Design for Manufacturing best practices.
•    Proficient with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing and datum structure development
•    Understanding of Bills of Material, Engineering Change Notices, Product Data Management tools
•    Demonstrated success leading system/component design projects that meet their quality, cost, timing, and performance objectives
•    Understands project management tools and principles (requirements, scheduling, risk mitigation, budget, and metrics)
•    Effective and comfortable working with a culturally diverse group of internal and external stakeholders across the globe
•    Able to manage multiple projects and manage changing priories to meet cost, timing, and quality targets.


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% 
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance 





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