Vehicle Communications Engineer

Auto req ID: 13684 
Title: Vehicle Communications 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  Vehicle Communications Engineer.

Job Summary

We are expanding our product development team and need electrical systems and component design engineers to fuel the next generation of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Products. In this position, you will be a ready to serve as resource across all Embedded Control Units (ECU) development teams guiding software development and specifying ECU communications.  

Job Responsibilities

•    Define communication between H-D ECUs based on system needs and engineering requests.  Deliver Vector CAN database dbc files and LIN database ldf files
•    Define diagnostic services and DTCs for all H-D ECUs based on component needs and engineering requests.  Deliver Vector Diagnostic Database CDD files
•    Work within project schedules to release updates
•    Support development of off-vehicle communication interfaces (USB, Bluetooth, WiFi, Cellular)
•    Partner with design engineers to develop ECU reflash strategies
•    Influence H-D software and communication architecture 
•    Support integration, testing, and troubleshooting of ECUs against the requirements in the communication databases and system architecture design specifications
•    Lead the electrical team’s responsibility to develop manufacturing and service tools to configure vehicles and diagnose issues
•    Mentor H-D’s and supplier’s engineers around the above activities

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • This position requires a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field. A Master’s Degree is desired. 

Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience. In addition, they will have demonstrated the following hands-on skills: 
•    Experience with CAN based systems
•    Understanding of engine and chassis control systems which utilize CAN communications
•    Experience or familiarity with wireless communication including Bluetooth, WiFi, and cellular
•    Understanding of embedded software reflash strategies
•    Ability to communicate technical subjects in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization
•    Experience with programming, preferably CAPL or C
•    Understanding of cybersecurity best practices is a plus. 
•    Hands-on experience with Vector software development tool chain including CANdela, CANdb++ CANbedded, GENy etc.
•    Hands-on testing with CAN/LIN tools (preferably Vector) and general electrical lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, and power supplies
•    Development of high-speed embedded communication drivers
•    Automotive high-speed communication buses especially CAN based on ISO 11898 
•    Automotive on-board diagnostics based on relevant standards such as SAEJ2012, ISO15765, and ISO14429
•    Experience with requirements tools (e.g. Helix ALM, DOORS, JAMA)


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%  
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No  
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship  
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance  





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