Senior Technical Specialist


Yucca, AZ, US

Auto req ID: 22127 
Title: Senior Technical Specialist 
Job Function: Engineering 
Location: APG 
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?


Our Arizona Proving Ground (APG) location is home to all product testing. Test miles are supported by Test Riders, Mechanics, Engineers, Coordinators, Technical Specialists and Administrative personnel. APG provides motorcycle testing services related to motorcycle development, performance, validation and certification.

Job Summary


We are currently looking for a Senior Technical Specialist, for the Vehicle Measurements Group (VMG). This position reports to the VMG Lab Lead at the Arizona Proving Ground (APG), Yucca, AZ and is an integral part of the Product Development team at Harley-Davidson. The person filling this role will be responsible for setting up and enabling a wide variety of vehicle measurements and data acquisition in support of product and systems engineering. The variety of tests will include work in areas such as advanced innovation, long term technology development, and quality initiatives within Product Development Engineering and execution of various regulatory testing that enables Harley-Davidson Motor Company sales world-wide.

Job Responsibilities


  • Installation and setup of instrumentation and data acquisition components in support of executing technically meaningful tests on motorcycles
  • Refine and develop new techniques and methods of instrumentation to improve and reduce product development time
  • Collaborate with engineers, mechanics and riders, as needed to ensure the best results for the product
  • Deliver test and lab goals while demonstrating Fairness and Honesty in all interactions with a Positive attitude and while finding Creative solutions in their work

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Preferred

Education Specifications


This position requires an Associates degree or higher in an engineering or other related technical discipline, in conjunction with 3-5 years of experience in a test and/or engineering environment. In some cases experience may be considered in lieu of degree requirements.

Experience Requirements


Data Acquisition Systems and Techniques


  • Demonstrate understanding of data acquisition systems and techniques through successful setup/execution of test projects.
  • Understanding of both analog and digital data acquisition systems and methods
  • Experience with the following types of data acquisition systems desired (HBM eDaq/eDaq-lite, IMC DataWorks, Campbell-Scientific, etc)
  • Skilled with soldering techniques, hard wiring, and cable management
  • Clear understanding of reference coordinates and relationship to vehicle testing


Electrical and Electronic knowledge


  • Working knowledge of electrical circuits and electronic theory and application
  • Understanding of Wheatstone Bridge behaviors and the application to strain gages
  • Knowledge of ground theory and potential impacts to instrumentation/measurement results
  • Understanding of noise generation/mitigation (sources, filters, etc)
  • Understanding of filter uses and effects with respect to electrical measurements


Test Instrumentation


  • Has independently and successfully applied instrumentation tools and techniques to projects.  Has provided high quality test data through detailed understanding of transducer designs, calibration, limitations, and their appropriate usage
  • Understands thermocouple function, use, and applications
  • Functional knowledge of a variety of transducers such as:
    • Pressure transducers
    • Accelerometers (various types)
    • Force transducers
    • Position/velocity transducers
    • Strain gages
    • Optical/Magnetic triggers/sensors
    • GPS based position/velocity/acceleration sensors
  • Basic mechanical skills with hand tools to assemble/disassemble data acquisition systems and install/remove them from test vehicles


Culture and Behavioral Requirements


At Harley-Davidson it is not just what degree you have or what you know you must also exhibit and demonstrate behaviors that support our corporate principles:


  • Communicate with purpose, structure, facts and inspiration
  • Work with agility to accelerate innovation and thrive in a rapidly changing environment
  • Focus on impact, not process, and hold ourselves accountable to outcomes
  • Pursue the simplest path to each outcome
  • Don’t let perfection get in the way of process and pace
  • Participate in culture that is competitive, resilient, passionate while also being Fair, Honest, Positive, Creative
  • Feel empowered to take risks and go against the norm
  • Apply judgement as if the company were your own
  • Focus efforts against a short list of meaningful opportunities that build desirability
  • Embrace a start-up like approach – maximize impact with limited resources


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: 0 - 10%  
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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