Systems Engineer

Auto req ID: 12147 
Title: Systems 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  Systems Engineer.

Job Summary

This Engineering position will be held accountable for building, solving, and developing powertrain and chassis finite element models for evaluating performance and simulating systems and components in support of lab tests, proving ground responses and design exploration.  In addition, the Sr System Engineer will be responsible for further developing methods used for the optimization of powertrain and chassis structures.  The engineer’s work will be delivered on time per H-D’s Project Management Methodology (MX) and build requirements.  Domestic travel may be required through the life of the projects that this role supports.


Job Responsibilities
•    Support new product, current product and innovation teams with analysis results and interpretation to aid in the design of motorcycles by independently building efficient, detailed, powertrain and chassis CAE models from the ground up.
•    Perform various continuous improvement activities such as correlating CAE models to test results, automating powertrain analysis processes, and steering design teams with optimization-driven techniques.

•    Inform vehicle, system, and component powertrain and chassis performance requirements, design actions (DFMEA), and test plans (DVP&R).

•    Explore technical solutions and present recommendations to achieve requirements.
•    Work to resolve technical issues by applying problem-solving techniques and facilitating cross-functional engineering and test support as needed. 
•    Document simulation methods, results, and design improvement suggestions for engineers and engineering managers


Education Specifications
•    This position requires a B.S. in Engineering or a related field.  


Experience Requirements
•    Minimum 5 years of powertrain/chassis development engineering experience
•    Expertise in statics, dynamics, solid mechanics, engineering materials, and finite element theory, including experience with topology optimization
•    Track record of using CAE for solving powertrain/chassis development problems involving various materials (steel, aluminum, magnesium, zinc, plastics, elastomers), processes (castings, forgings, stampings, extrusions, weldments, plastic injection molded components) to influence, steer, and optimize designs that have resulted in successful product launches
•    Working knowledge of structural analysis & explicit dynamic software.  HyperMesh, LS-Dyna, & ABAQUS, preferred.  Experience using Inspire, Optistruct, Simlab, nCode, Isight, Mode Frontier, and TOSCA would be beneficial
•    Demonstrated experience simplifying, meshing, and assembling complex part geometries into large finite element assemblies for use in powertrain simulations as well as the ability to efficiently reduce & summarize simulation and test data for purposes of design comparisons, correlation, reports, and updates
•    Utilization of project management tools and principles (in topics such as requirements, timelines, risks and issues, and quality metrics) in a product development environment and the ability to attend design reviews to provide input to the design process
•    Demonstrated ability to communicate technical subjects in a clear concise manner to a range of audiences throughout the organization 


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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