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John Deere Senior Staff 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 - East Moline

Function: Engineering (CA)

Title: Senior Staff Engineer - 92677

Onsite/Remote: Remote Position

This position is eligible for a flexible work schedule arrangement at the present time. The arrangement may be delayed for training or other job acclimation purposes and remains subject to change.

This position is eligible for remote work at the present time. The arrangement may be delayed for training or other job acclimation purposes and remains subject to change.

Your Responsibilities

The electrification group within John Deere is continuing to look at ways of improving value to our customers. If you have experience in rotating components, bearing systems, or load data analysis the electric machine group would be interesting in you considering our team. The team’s work involves a wide range of product within John Deere from traction drives through accessory application. We are looking for the right skill set to help us integrate electric machines into our systems. We also look forward to you bringing a fresh look on how you can help us achieve these goals.

As a Senior Staff Engineer for John Deere, you will direct and mentor mechanical design of emachines (motors, generators and electromagnetic devices) and drive robust resolution of high priority challenges within ISG projects. In addition, you will:

  • Facilitate the interpretation of internal customer needs and vehicle system requirements to translate into component level requirements and specifications

  • Lead the implementation of mechanical standards relative to shaft designs, mounting and packaging relative to electric machines as they apply to the product. Acts as an advisor & mentor to other team members on these items

  • Develop innovative solutions for the support of scalable modular architecture. Support the integration of electrification components into drivetrain components, improving power density of electrification parts through improved electric machine design and cooling capability

  • Work with Supply Management and key electric drive component suppliers to ensure that components meet the product cost, quality, and performance requirements

  • Work with internal and external sources to define and execute product verification and validation activities using design analysis, simulation, lab tests, field test, etc., to ensure the design meets the application requirements for safety, performance, quality, reliability and cost

VISA Sponsorship is NOT Available for this position

What Skills You Need

  • 6 or more years of experience working with rotating components, machine design, test, or implementation

  • 6 or more years of experience developing innovative technical concepts and solutions from early concept to field support including working with suppliers to improve their processes to meet Deere component needs

  • Technical skills for design and analysis of rotating machines and related components

  • Strong visualization ability along with written and verbal communications skills

  • Ability to travel up to 25% or more depending on home location

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Knowledge of drive components (such as shafts, splines, gearing and housings)

  • Experience in the analytical details of rotating machine design (continuous and peak load evaluation, bearing design and selection along with structural requirements)

  • Exposure to various emachine types, internal components, insulating materials, and processing methods

  • Experience resolving field warranty problems relative to components such as bearings, cooling systems, and insulation systems

  • Experience in working across groups with co-workers to share knowledge and work toward common goals

  • Demonstrated experience in design for reliability and demonstration by accelerated test methods

  • Prior supervisory experience

  • Advanced technical degree or equivalent field and work experiences


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

  • BS in mechanical, electrical, or a related field of study

  • Continuing Education in mechanical engineering and/or engineering management

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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