Development Engineer – Motorcycles

The Motorcycle Development Engineer will lead system development and evaluation activities for the motorcycle platforms assigned. Development activities including but not limited to structural, suspension, exhaust, braking, and vehicle control systems. Evaluation activities including but not limited to ride and handling, driveability, and calibration through the CAVR (Critical Attributes Validation Review) process with specific focus on engine calibration validation in vehicle related to drivability and rideability. Develop, implement, and maintain engineering procedures, requirements, and specifications to ensure thorough definition and validation for systems are documented. Lead team of Engineers and Technicians as needed on technical projects as required.


  • Lead development testing related to vehicle ride and handling performance, suspension, brakes, exhaust, and structural components. Develop test methods and investigate new technologies.
  • Use experience and engineering principles develop and specify test procedures and equipment necessary to conduct powertrain performance and control system validation on Polaris vehicles.
  • Lead CAVR (Critical Attributes Validation Review) process to measure the platform for driveability, rideability and calibration against benchmarks and project specific goals.
  • Coordinate testing with the vehicle development projects to develop test criteria, driveability metrics, systems requirement specifications, create test plans, set goals, objectives and schedules in relation to Drivability, Rideability, and Calibration.
  • Work with the project teams for successful integration of development, testing, and CAVR activities into the project schedule.
  • Maintain proficiency in recording and analyzing test data using statistical, analytical, and other state of the art techniques. Research alternatives, and implement solutions to measure and meet Drivability, Rideability, and Calibration objectives.
  • Instrument vehicles using appropriate sensors and data acquisition systems to gather necessary data throughout the development and evaluation activities.
  • Participant in FMEA as related to Drivability, Rideability, and Calibration.
  • Participate in root cause failure analysis during the development process. Find and recommend practical solutions for specific failure modes as related to calibration parameters, or calibration related engine performance.
  • Participate in engine controller software meetings. Understand engine control module (ECM) software function and recommend / validate algorithm changes through drivability reviews.
  • Mentor and train other engineers and technicians in testing and calibration evaluation methodologies.

Travel up to 25%.


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or other related degree required.
  • Minimum 3 years Test, Development, Calibration or Systems Engineering experience preferred.
  • Hands-on knowledge of motorcycle systems including suspension, brakes, structures, intake, exhaust, engines and calibration.
  • Experience with vehicle dynamics, structural and temperature data acquisition, data analysis and report creation.
  • Experience with ETAS / Inca, Matlab, Simulink, Somat eDaq and nCode Glyphworks tools.
  • Experience conducting tests at automotive proving grounds preferred.
  • Strong technical analysis and problem-solving skills required.
  • Must be conscientious, detail oriented, committed to quality and timeliness in your deliverables.
  • Excellent motorcycle riding and subjective evaluation abilities required. ATVs and off-road vehicle riding experience is preferred.
  • Motorcycle driver’s license endorsement and minimum of 5 years motorcycle riding experience required. Advanced motorcycle rider training desired.

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About Polaris Industries Inc.


Polaris Industries Inc. designs, manufactures and markets innovative, high-quality, off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, Victory and Indian motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.