Polaris Industries Research and Development Designer in United States

TITLE: Product Development Designer

LOCATION: TAP Manufacturing



The TMG R&D Designers are responsible and accountable for creating new products that meet TMGs highest quality standards while fitting a particular brands DNA in a fast-paced timeline with the overall goal of first to market. Designers are responsible for overseeing the design project from kick-off to completion, using solid organizational skills, and utilizing basic CAD modeling capabilities.


•Understand project demands upon kick-off, e.g., long lead time potentials

•Manage timelines for current projects goals from inception to RTM

•Develop product concepts in CAD with the ability to render initial design concepts

•Create all engineering documentation to approved standards

•Communicate technical requirements and process needs to vendors

•QC and approve first articles using required equipment, e.g., CMM

•Develop products to meet new product launch deadlines

•Provide technical guidance and advice to other team members when needed

•Maintain existing applications, and continued product requirements


1.Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Industrial/Product Design

2.FSAE/BSAE program completion

3.3 years of related work experience in Design, Engineering or R&D

4.5 years of Solidworks experience

5.Automotive product development/knowledge base, with understanding of common industry standards, ASME, ANSI, and GD&T

6.Have an understanding for in-house and outsourced manufacturing techniques

7.Understand and apply Engineering Guidelines, clearances, etc.

8.Proficiency in hardware and assemblies required specific to automotive applications

9.Basic knowledge of materials/hardware and appropriate applications

10.Understanding of common ride control attributes and suspension dynamics

11.Detail oriented team player and highly self-motivated

12.Excellent verbal and communication skills


1.Working conditions are a warehouse environment, subject to hot and cold temperatures







For more than 50 years, Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) has been an industry leader in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of off-road parts for Jeeps and light trucks. TAP has numerous entities serving various niches in the automotive aftermarket under its corporate umbrella. From 4 Wheel Parts to Transamerican Wholesale, TAP subsidiaries provide the best parts and services for the customer at the most competitive prices.

Since 1961, TAP has grown with the popularity of off-roading. The company began by supplying Jeep parts to local dealers and independent service centers that catered to 4×4 enthusiasts. The original company did not deal directly with the consumer at first, but as the company grew, so did its focus. In the ensuing decades, TAP established and acquired industry leading brands, including Pro Comp, Smittybilt, Rubicon Express, and G2 Axle & Gear. The company also launched Off-Road Adventures, a magazine for off-road enthusiasts.

TAP conducts business through a three-pronged sales, service, and manufacturing paradigm. The company supplements a robust mail-order system with 55 brick-and-mortar retail centers, staffed with experienced product and installation specialists. In addition to the retail initiative, TAP has accelerated its business with the e-commerce marketplace. Led by its flagship Websites 4WheelParts.com and 4WD.com, TAP’s 22 consumer-oriented sites have collectively grown beyond 2.6 million visitors each month. The TAP e-commerce network facilitates consumer sales, service, and support. TAP’s manufacturing system features a 100,000 square foot research and production facility that incorporates an in-house conceptualization, design, and implementation process. From the beginning, TAP has dedicated its resources to serving its customers, and to establishing itself as the premier supplier and distributor of high quality automotive parts.


Recognized as the leader in the powersports industry, Polaris Industries is a fast growing, innovative, global organization. The people here at Polaris don't just create products - they are part of a lifestyle. It's the passion & execution of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris' innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER, RZR and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman and Polaris ACE all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK, INDY, Switchback and RUSH snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets globally include military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.

Polaris prides itself on recognizing and developing top talent to take its people and company to the next level. Competitive salary, generous benefits and a comprehensive relocation plan are just a few components of the total compensation package offered at Polaris. Are you ready to join a company where you will work hard and play hard, and be rewarded for your performance?

Polaris and TAP are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled