Sr. Design Engineer, Transmission Controls


Auto req ID: 20461  
Title: Sr. Design Engineer, Transmission Controls  
Job Function: Engineering  
Location: Remote 
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company  
Full or Part-Time: Full Time  

 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?


We maximize employee flexibility and well-being through a virtual mindset that supports our highly distributed, global workforce. We take an outcome-focused, people-centered approach to winning, including welcoming the best talent - wherever they may be.


This remote role is not tightly linked to a physical location and provides flexibility in where, when and how you accomplish your work.

Job Summary

Join our team as an Electrical Systems Senior Design Engineer focused on transmission control systems and components. Be an exciting part of the next generation of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, helping deliver components with critical impact on vehicle performance, fuel economy, and shift consistency. This position will own transmission control component design from concept to evaluation and product launch.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead Transmission Control Module component designs through Tier I electrical component partners and approve designs for production. 
  • Capture transmission and powertrain system requirements and develop corresponding transmission control functional requirements. Develop component requirements by incorporating vehicle-level requirements, personal expertise, engineering guidelines, product benchmarking, and input from internal stakeholders.  Develop verification plans to ensure features are intuitive and robust at product launch.
  • Partner with cross-functional team and suppliers to meet program and build milestones. Identify risks and propose mitigations.
  • Perform root cause analysis and issue management for transmission control software.
  • Verify component & system performance, resolving any issues along the way, to H-D standards, approve supplier validation, and work with test and verification entities to ensure electrical system meets or exceeds targets.
  • Complete all activity using project management tools and principles to deliver on-time and within budget.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • This position requires a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a related technical Degree.  

Experience Requirements

A successful candidate will have demonstrated many of the following:


  • Technical knowledge and design experience for transmission or driveline related product
  • Understanding of electrical hardware and interfaces within an ECU and between an ECU and the vehicle.
  • Experience with software and calibration development and software development processes.
  • Knowledge of vehicle communication protocols including CAN.
  • Fundamental knowledge of engineering calculations and engineering analysis to achieve electrical, thermal, and mechanical requirements.
  • Use of Quality Engineering methods such as DFMEAs and Design Validation Plans and Test Reports.
  • Experience authoring requirements, developing test-cases, and establishing traceability in a process that supports product development in accordance with a functional safety process such as ISO26262.
  • Experience working with suppliers on supplier-led designs.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse global teams both internally and externally.
  • Experience diagnosing and correcting problems related to hardware/software integration.
  • Experience with CAN tools, particularly Vector tools such as CANalyzer and CANoe.
  • Experience with problem solving methods and tools such as Six Sigma

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.


The pay range shown represents the national average pay range for this role. Your pay may be more or less than the stated range and is dependent on your geographic location and level of 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% 
Pay Range: $86,000 to $130,000
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