Vehicle Controls/Software Engineer

Auto req ID: 20501 
Title: Vehicle Controls/Software Engineer 
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  Vehicle Controls/Software Engineer.

Job Summary


In this position, you will lead the development and delivery of vehicle control software features that meet or exceed program level requirements and provide regulatory compliance.  You will work with an experienced cross-functional engineering team to own the delivery of the software feature from initial algorithm selection, through implementation, and validation. And you will look beyond just the immediate project scope and requirements to guarantee that software features align with future technology trends and partner with advanced engineering team to prepare roadmaps to enhance current features as well as deliver new features and functions.  

Job Responsibilities


  • Develop and deliver model-based design (MBD) functions hosted in various vehicle ECUs from concept to production.
  • Develop next-generation electrical system and component requirements through collaboration with key stakeholders, product benchmarking, and input from industry standards.
  • Decompose vehicle-level requirements and use-cases into electrical component-level and software requirements.
  • Lead physical and virtual feature evaluations to confirm confidence in software design prior to program milestones.
  • Support the Reliability & Validation Engineer to ensure systematic verification of vehicle control features by establishing requirements traceability, developing test-cases, and ensuring test coverage across applicable test methods.
  • Develop software verification plans to ensure features are intuitive and robust at vehicle launch.
  • Resolve technical issues by applying problem-solving techniques and facilitating cross-functional support from the Engineering and Test Organizations.
  • Support vehicle-level system integration activities, regulatory homologation events, pre-production vehicle builds, and vehicle launch builds.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications


This position requires a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field.

Experience Requirements


The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of relevant design engineering experience or advanced education in a related field.  In addition, they will have demonstrated some or all of the following:

  • Model-based software Design/development experience from concept through production launch
  • Knowledge of whole-vehicle systems with detailed electrical system/component choice, software algorithm design & integration experience.
  • Proven technical knowledge and design experience of existing vehicle technologies as well as awareness of future vehicle technologies, with an ability to inform future vehicle designs.
  • 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. 
  • Ability to work beyond software engineering and apply basic electro-mechanical principles to support component selection and select appropriate signal conditioning strategies.
  • Strong interest (direct experience desired) in motor vehicle engineering and design (auto, motorcycle, truck & bus, agriculture, etc.)
  • 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 supporting production release of software features development of features needed to ensure consistent production and diagnostics for service team.
  • 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.
  • 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).


Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge of vehicle dynamics (specifically motorcycle dynamics)
  • Experience in the practical application of control theories
  • Experience with vehicle functions such as cruise control, traction control, ADAS, suspension control, etc.
  • Experience with on-vehicle test, calibration, and/or feature evaluation
  • High-performance motorcycle riding techniques


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: 10 - 25%  
Pay Range: $68,000-$102,000
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship  
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance  





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