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Sr./Staff Engineer - Human Factors

Auto req ID: 10805 
Title: Sr./Staff Engineer - Human Factors 
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./Staff Engineer - Human Factors.

Job Summary

This position is a Systems Engineering position with responsibility for overseeing, coordinating and conducting Human Factors Engineering work across Harley-Davidson Motor Company.  The ideal candidate is passionate about the vehicle AND the customer, seeking out solutions to provide and continuously improve the Harley-Davidson motorcycle experience for our customers and dealers.  This position resides within OE Engineering and will focus on the development of highly desirable new systems and vehicles.  The individual in this position will also be involved with projects from other parts of the organization such as Current Product, Parts & Accessories, Digital Growth and others.   

Job Responsibilities

•    Lead Human Factors Engineering within the Systems Groups and partner with others in the organization to oversee and prioritize HFE work.
•    Lead the creation, delivery and measurement of vehicle / system ergonomic and HCI requirements.
•    Leverage statistical methods, HFE information, and study results to provide recommendations for design optimization to project teams to enable meeting HFE requirements.
•    Conduct robust ergonomic testing at the vehicle and system level to enable design selection and maturation.
•    Plan and execute usability testing for vehicle programs, including driver distraction testing, iconography studies, app testing and more.
•    Research and create design concepts and interaction maps for vehicle systems such as displays.
•    Involvement with UX/UI design activities across project teams and other stakeholders.
•    Support project teams and other stakeholders with research and information to aid in the fulfillment of vehicle / system ergonomic and HCI requirements, as well as human performance.
•    Own the maintenance and evolution of HFE standards, test methods, guidelines, processes, equipment and HFE Lab.
•    Ownership or oversite of Program Management requirements – developing HFE requirements, timelines, test planning, etc.
•    Arrange and conduct vehicle level studies including hands-on operation and movement of parts and vehicles.
•    Coach and mentor system and vehicle design engineers in the execution and completion of standard ergonomic studies, including review of results and feedback for improvement.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • This position requires an undergraduate degree in a technical field, and an advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in Human Factors.  

Experience Requirements

•    This position requires a minimum of 5 years of relevant human factors experience in a technical field.
•    Motorcycle rider or desire to learn is required.
•    Experience in conducting simple and complex ergonomic testing and providing robust, data-driven recommendations for improvements.
•    Experience and knowledge of usability testing of products, such as displays and phone apps using iconography studies, card sorts, tree jacks, etc.
•    Continuous improvement mindset with experience developing and advancing test methods and processes.
•    Ability to problem solve and get involved in the creation of test componentry to complete ergonomic and HCI studies.
•    Knowledge and use of statistical methods to review data and provide recommendations.
•    Knowledge of Creo, and utilization of Creo Manikin.
•    Understanding of UX/UI design principles and use of Adobe XD or related software to create testable prototypes.
•    Comfortable in advocating for HFE-driven insights in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization and providing data/rationale for recommendations. 
•    Success in solving challenging technical problems with innovative solutions in a team environment.


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





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