Sr. Electrical Engineer - Product Development

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WI, United States

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Sr. Electrical Engineer - Product Development



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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. Electrical Engineer - Product Development.

Hybrid Location

Position will be hybrid with time split between a home office and on-site at our Harley-Davidson Motor Company Product Development Center (PDC) located in Wauwatosa, WI.

Our Products, Technology, People

Please watch the following videos to learn more about our team including some of the technology and motorcycles you may have the opportunity as an engineer to bring to our riders:

Further. Faster. New 2022 Motorcycles

2021 Sportster S

Rider Safety Enhancements

Our People & Culture – Hunger Task Force Partnership

All Levels of Electrical Engineers Needed

We have openings at various levels within our Electrical Systems group (Associate, Design Engineer, Systems Architect, Technical Lead).  Specialized focus areas include:  

  • ADAS & Enhanced Chassis Controls
  • Body Control Modules, Systems
  • Electrical Integration & Wire Harnesses
  • Electrical Rider Interface (HMI)
  • ICE Systems including Engine Control Modules
  • Lighting Systems
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Software
  • Vehicle Communication
  • Verification & Validation
  • Value Engineering

Job Summary

This position will be responsible for overall ownership of the motorcycle electrical system relating to design functions at the vehicle level, acting as the owner of their design from concept and evaluation to production launch and in-field quality control. Demonstrate understanding of specific components and vehicle system level interactions while possessing technical skills in electronic modules, software and overall system development and performance.  Ensure release of a great motorcycle and riding experience.

Job Responsibilities


  • Deliver robust, optimized designs for vehicle functions and systems while adhering to project targets, performance objectives, high quality, and cost minimization.
  • Author requirements for vehicle functions and system architecture with focus on ISO26262 compliance.  Generate plans for development and feature maturity.  Partner with a cross-functional team and suppliers to meet program and build milestones.  Identify risks and propose mitigations.
  • Independently solve complex technical issues and provide solutions to problems using both creative processes and analytical methods. 
  • Perform Design Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (DFMEAs), Design Verification Plan & Reports (DVP&Rs), analyze test results and bring closure to test findings.
  • Define roadmap for future features and functions with internal stakeholders to exceed rider expectations.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • These positions require a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a related technical Degree.  Masters degree preferred for senior level roles.

Experience Requirements


  • Strong interest in motorcycle engineering and design.
  • Knowledge of whole-vehicle systems with detailed electrical system/component choice, software design, electrical design & integration experience.  Ability to work beyond electrical engineering and apply basic electro-mechanical engineering skills/experience.
  • 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 communicate technical subjects in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization.
  • Success using project management tools and principles to deliver on-time and within budget.
  • Ability to work with diverse global teams both internally and externally (suppliers).


  • Direct motorcycle or vehicle engineering experience (e.g. automotive, power sports, construction, agriculture, aerospace, marine).
  • Electrical System design/development experience from concept through production launch. 
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • Demonstrates in depth conceptual and practical knowledge in engineering tools such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) models and drawings, as well as, predictive analysis and conventional engineering calculations to demonstrate and communicate robustness of designs.
  • Experience with Quality Engineering deliverables, including DFMEAs and Design Validation Plans and Test Reports.
  • 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.


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.