Sumitomo Rubber USA manufactures and sells a wide range of automotive tires in the US and internationally. Located in Tonawanda, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) our growing workforce produces over 4 Million tires annually for a variety of applications such as passenger cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles.

The transition to Sumitomo Rubber USA brings exciting new opportunities for the Company's existing and prospective employees in Western New York. Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., whose Global Headquarters is located in Kobe, Japan, has a rich and successful history dating back to 1909. This trend is set to continue with the Company's formal entrance into North America through the former Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd. facility, and through planned investments into the Company's infrastructure, manufacturing processes, and work force.

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Motorcycle Test Engineer
Title:Motorcycle Test Engineer
Job Grade:E04/E05
Location :Huntsville, AL

Motorcycle Test Engineer

Huntsville Proving Grounds (HPG)


Position Summary: Supports all Huntsville Proving Grounds and off-site tire testing for motorcycle tire development. Responsible for conducting safe motorcycle tire tests. Performs and supports the testing of development tires through test riding and timely reporting. Operates to a test schedule issued by HPG leadership. Perform any and all duties necessary to satisfy the functional requirements of HPG.


Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Provides comprehensive testing service through tire testing and reporting, under the direction of the Sr MC Test Engineer.
  • Do whatever is necessary to support and participate in all test related activity- MC/PCR/LTR.
  • Provides guidance and direction to HPG support staff.
  • Develops new tests in all disciplines to:

 a) Improve current methods to better define test results.

                b) Understand and study new aspects of tire performance.

  • Active involvement in the preparation, organization and presentation of IATF audit systems. Work to specific safety and quality guidelines.
  • Liaison with other SRI test groups in order to stay aware of new developments in testing methods and techniques and apply these to customer requirements as appropriate.
  • Assist the maintenance of HPG facility, equipment, and vehicles – on road and off road.
  • Responsible for building security and facility upkeep.
  • Issues comprehensive reports on the results of testing performed in a timely manner.
  • If necessary work with OEM’s through joint testing on prototype tires and vehicles, providing feedback and information to the product development groups.
  • Organizes demonstrations of testing techniques and product performance for customers, dealers and OEM’s, together with facility tours.
  • Initiates and performs tests to research the various tire parameters that influence ride properties with the emphasis on developing an understanding of the interaction of these properties on vehicle refinement.  From this activity develops evaluation methods to aid in future tire development.
  • Provides training to HPG facility users in appropriate operation of track equipment and safety guidelines.


Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required, technical or engineering degree preferred.
  • Special trades training in the area of motorcycle or automotive repair is a plus.
  • 5 years professional experience with organized and sanctioned motorcycle racing or 5 years relevant work experience in the field of motorcycle testing, preferably in a test track work environment.
  • Excellent knowledge and use of instrumentation – data acquisition.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good PC proficiency utilizing Microsoft Excel & Word software applications.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to perform a variety of multilevel tasks.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Up to 30% of required overnight travel.


Sumitomo Rubber USA LLC offers competitive compensation and benefits packages. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply at


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