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John Deere Des Moines Skilled: Experimental Mechanic in Ankeny, Iowa

Experimental Mechanic position

Primary Function:

Performs one or more of the following in a team environment on experimental tractors, machines and/or implements in a laboratory and/or field: (1) Lays out and fabricates experimental parts and production templates working from ordinary formed views, dimensioned work planes and work axis and/or straight views. (2) Assembles and operates units to check function. (3) Builds complicated mechanical, hydraulic and/or electronic tests for mechanical and structural failure. (4) Sets up and completes performance tests of units in field operation. (5) Diagnoses trouble, overhauls and adjusts major mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic work in field tests.

Types of Machines, Tools and Equipment Used or Operated:

Machines such as: punch presses, arc welders, brazing equipment, brake, shear, nibbler, rolls, drill press, grinder, saw, arbor press, spot welder, mechanic’s tools, measuring instruments, meters, gages, test vehicles, instrumentation equipment, tractors, implements, transport vehicles, trucks, various hand tools, etc.

Job Details:

Work is not closely supervised.

Maintains a safe work environment.

Details are dependent on duties assigned but in general consists of one or more parts of the primary function plus one or more of the following:

  • Follows written or verbal instructions.

  • Coordinates work as directed with product engineering and/or sales personnel.

  • Assists with details and plans for field testing of equipment.

  • Work is performed on bench, floor, machine or test equipment in laboratory or field.

  • Plans procedures and determines methods of performing operation.

  • Diagnoses trouble and makes all repairs and adjustments as required to complete test.

  • Builds required holding devices needed for performance of job.

  • Disassembles units after tests and checks for misalignment and wear.

  • Fabricates parts by cutting, bending, machining, etc. and/or welding and performs assembly work.

  • May instruct and direct other team members.

  • Records findings, analyzes function and makes recommendations.

  • Makes complete written reports including details of crop and field conditions, performance, quality and amount of work performed.

  • Lubricates, adds coolant and cleans equipment.

  • Cleans work area and performs other miscellaneous duties inherent to the job. May also perform duties such as:

  • Prepares and loads equipment for movement to test site.

  • Makes personal contacts with dealer and branch personnel to finalize arrangements for tests.

  • Performs setup on machine for test, including assembly, adjusting, fueling and lubrication.

  • Operates equipment under field test conditions.

  • Install and/or operate instrumentation for tests.

John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.