Staff Engineer Design - Body Controls

Auto req ID: 20944 
Title: Staff Engineer Design - Body Controls 
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  Staff Engineer Design - Body Controls.

Job Summary

Join our team as an Electrical Systems Staff Design Engineer, championing development of body control systems and components.  The body control system, and particularly the body control module, is the brain of the vehicle, controlling and coordinating a wide variety of functions.  We are looking for an engineer who will provide creative solutions to challenging vehicle problems.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop Body Controls designs through Tier I electrical component partners and approve designs for production.  
  • 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. 
  • Verify component & system performance to H-D standards, approve supplier validation, and work with test and verification entities to ensure EE system meets or exceeds targets. 
  • Resolve technical issues by applying problem solving techniques and facilitating cross-functional engineering & test support as needed.
  • Support pre-production and launch build events and participate in product test & evaluations.
  • Provide technical leadership for body systems including engagement of diverse stakeholders across H-D.
  • Mentor engineers within electrical systems team and be a key contributor in developing roadmap of future body control systems.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • This position requires a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.  Master’s degree preferred.

Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 8 years of related experience. 

In addition, they will have demonstrated the following:

  • Ability to lead and influence cross-functional team members without direct authority. 
  • Knowledge of whole-vehicle systems with detailed electrical system/component choice, software design, electrical design & integration experience.
  • Direct motorcycle or vehicle engineering experience (e.g. automotive, power sports, construction, agriculture, aerospace, marine).  Strong interest in motorcycle engineering and design.  Motorcycle rider or desire to learn is appreciated. 
  • Creative approach to solving problems and able to own issue resolution from data collection, data analysis, root cause identification, solution set generation, and selection of optimal solution.
  • Experience authoring requirements, developing test-cases, and establishing traceability in a process that supports product development in accordance with a functional safety process, ISO26262 preferred.  
  • Experience with Quality Engineering deliverables, including DFMEAs and Design Validation Plans and Test Reports.
  • Experience working with elesystems that data communication protocols including CAN and LIN. Experience with CAN tools (e.g. Vector, Intrepid), collecting and reviewing data logs.
  • Success coordinating teams of internal stakeholders and suppliers to meet aggressive quality and performance objectives. Ability to lead and influence cross-functional team members without direct authority
  • Success using project management tools and principles to deliver on-time and within budget.
  • Ability to communicate technical subjects in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work with diverse global teams both internally and externally (suppliers).
  • Skill with general electrical lab equipment such as voltage meters, current meters, oscilloscopes, and load banks.


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: Yes  
Travel Required: 0 - 10%  
Pay Range: $106,000-$158,000
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