At Polaris our DNA started with co-founders Edgar Hetteen, his younger brother Allan and his close friend David Johnson who had somewhere to be and no way to get there. 65 years later, you still see that drive, ingenuity, and pioneering spirit in everything we do.

Development Technician

Location: Roseau, Minnesota US


Job Number: 5719

Requisition Number: R7572

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External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.


We have a great opportunity for a Development Technician to join our Snow Engineering team. In this role, you will be focused on whole vehicle development with an emphasis on chassis architecture, ergonomics, and overall vehicle performance. Work to ensure that the final product package is optimized to exceed the customer's expectations in the following areas: safety, performance, quality, handling and comfort.


  • Lead the fabrication and assembly of concept and development vehicle builds.

  • Utilize, install, and troubleshoot data acquisition equipment to capture information relevant to vehicle performance, calibration, and/or issue resolution. Ensure development and field test units have proper data acquisition equipment installed.

  • Ability to do basic and/or advanced instrumentation for data acquisition sensors such as strain gauges, load cells, accelerometers, thermocouples, etc.

  • Analyze and process data collected to draw conclusions and report back to engineering team with recommendations.

  • Provide input on whole vehicle layout, system and sub-system packaging as well as ergonomics and rider positioning.

  • Ride and evaluate vehicles through all phases of product development and launch to give feedback to the broader Engineering team on performance and capabilities.

  • Work with system engineers to support calibration and development tests.

  • Organize and lead development activity in the field - create and execute trip plans and report results back.

  • Work with validation engineers to perform and/or support items from the validation plan (DVP&R).

  • Perform lab and field testing and work to develop solutions as required to resolve product issues.

  • Support preproduction builds and oversees Pilot build activity.

  • Support quality verification testing.

  • Keep good records and write test reports for tests conducted.

  • Maintain strict confidentiality.

  • Maintain a clean, safe work area and meet OSHA requirements.

  • Good self-starter, willing to work overtime as needed.

  • Must be willing to travel periodically to do product evaluation and development.

  • Able to communicate professionally and drive projects to timely completion.


  • 2-Year degree in a technical field

  • Experience and knowledge of riding mountain snowmobiles in off-trail, mountain terrain

  • Basic computer skills required

  • Valid driver's license required Must be capable of operating Snowmobiles in extreme conditions

  • Must be capable of driving trucks with trailers (>26,000 GCVR) and obtain Class A license certification

  • Must be capable of operating fork lifts

  • Strong mechanical aptitude

  • Strong problem-solving skills and methodologies

  • Power sports experience preferred

  • Data acquisition & diagnostic tool experience preferred

  • Fabrication & welding preferred

  • Minimum 3 years mechanic or technician experience preferred

  • Ability to travel to Canada and internationally as required

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2020 sales of $7.0 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Roseau

State: Minnesota

Community / Marketing Title: Development Technician

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