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John Deere Development Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa

There are over 7 billion people on this planet. And by 2050, there will be 2 billion more... many moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. Making sure there is enough food, fiber and infrastructure for our rapidly growing world is what we're all about at John Deere. And it's why we're investing in our people and our technology like never before! Here the world's brightest minds are tackling the world's biggest challenges. If you believe one person can make the world a better place, we'll put you to work. RIGHT NOW.

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

Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa - Waterloo

Function: Product Engineering

Title: Development Engineer - 92834

Onsite/Remote: Onsite Position

Your Responsibilities

As a Development Engineer for John Deere Product Engineering Center located in Waterloo, IA , you will:

  • Coordinates work direction from engineering team to on-site shop resources, ensures test tractor fleet is updated and ready for the next test​​​​​​

  • Work with utility tractor engineering managers to establish shop priorities and communicate priorities to shop personnel

  • Communicate to design engineers the tractor assembly issues identified by assembly technicians.

  • Diagnose tractor performance issues and communicate to appropriate design team members

  • Manage part procurement & logistics to support tractor rebuilds/updates

  • Create Work Orders required to complete tractor rebuilds/updates

  • Support remote tractor builds and rebuild activities (e.g., field test sites)

VISA Sponsorship is NOT Available for this position

What Skills You Need

  • 3-D modeling or viewing software (i.e., ability to use Creo View)

  • Proficiency with Excel

  • General knowledge of tractor operation and applications

  • Ability to work independently and across teams to keep program development activities on schedule.

  • Ability to identify potential resource and/or program conflicts and engage the appropriate individuals to quickly resolve them

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Experience in a machinery or automotive shop environment

  • Experience working on agricultural machinery

  • Experience working in a test lab environment

  • Experience with electronic, hydraulic, and/or mechanical troubleshooting

  • Experience working in, leading, and/or influencing without direct authority in a union environment

  • Engineering experience

  • Experience using John Deere Service Advisor


Ideally you will have a degree or equivalent related work experience in the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering technology, or equivalent experience

What You'll Get

At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go while working in an inclusive team environment. Here, you'll enjoy the freedom to explore new projects, the support to think outside the box and the advanced tools and technology that foster innovation and achievement. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive reward package to help you get started on your new career path, including:

  • Flexible work arrangements

  • Highly competitive base pay and performance bonuses

  • Savings & Retirement benefits (401K and Defined Benefit Pension)

  • Healthcare benefits with a generous company contribution in the Health Savings Account

  • Adoption assistance

  • Employee Assistance Programs

  • Tuition assistance

  • Fitness subsidies and on-site gyms at specific Deere locations

  • Charitable contribution match

  • Employee Purchase Plan & numerous discount programs for personal use

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The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines.

The terms of the applicable benefit plans, and all company actions administering or interpreting these plans, continue to control. Deere & Company reserves the right to suspend, amend, modify, or terminate the Plan(s) in any manner at any time, including the right to modify or eliminate any cost-sharing between the company and participants. Changes, which can be made at any time, are made by action of the company's board of directors, or to the extent authorized by resolution of its board of directors, or by the Deere & Company Compensation Committee. In the event of a conflict between the language of the official Plan Documents and this document, the language of the official Plan Documents will control.

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