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John Deere 1st Shift Maintenance Engineer/Team Lead in East Moline, Illinois

At John Deere, we run so life can leap forward. This powerful purpose is our promise to humankind that we will dream, design and deliver breakthrough products that sustain our world for generations to come. The world is counting on us to feed billions of people and build vital infrastructures in villages, towns, and megacities. We live up to the legacy our founder forged in a one-room blacksmith's shop nearly two centuries ago by creating a culture that brings out the best in all of us. A culture where great ideas thrive because every voice is heard.

Primary Location: United States (US) - Illinois - East Moline

Function: Operations

Title: 1st Shift Maintenance Engineer/Team Lead - 77111

Your Responsibilities

As a 1st Shift Maintenance Engineer / Team Lead for John Deere Harvester Works , you will provide engineering analysis, technical expertise, project management/coordination, and advanced troubleshooting support of the factory's machinery and infrastructure. In addition, you will:

  • Assign and monitor the work of skilled-trades personnel to accomplish customer requests, preventative maintenance, and project work

  • Plan for maintenance of equipment that improves reliability, efficiency, quality and safety

  • Diagnose machine malfunctions to root cause, recommend solutions, and support the execution of the repair/improvement plan

  • Provide expert review and analysis of equipment spare parts lists, preventive maintenance plans, and documentation

    Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position

What Skills You Need (Required skills/experiences)

  • 3 or more years of general maintenance, mechanical engineering, or factory automation experience

  • Ability and willingness to support a multi-shift or extended-shift operation

  • 3 or more years of equipment troubleshooting experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Ability and willingness to work occasional overtime, including weekends

  • Effective communication, both verbal and written

What Makes You Stand Out (Desired skills/experiences)

  • Experience in a maintenance leadership role in a union environment

  • Technical experience with design/diagnostics of mechanical/electrical/hydraulic systems

  • Automation and controls troubleshooting experience with Allen-Bradley components and Rockwell Automation PLC software

  • 1 or more years of experience interfacing with machines through multiple communication protocols (e.g. Ethernet, DeviceNet, Serial, Profibus, Modbus, etc.)

  • Experience working within SAP PM module

  • Experience with machinery and equipment safety standards (e.g. OSHA 29 CFR 1910, NFPA 79, NFPA 70E, etc.)


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, preferably mechanical, electrical, or related field

    What You'll Get

    At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go. 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. We offer comprehensive relocation and reward packages to help you get started on your new career path. Click here ( to find out more about our Total Rewards Package.

    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.

    An Equal Opportunity Employer, John Deere requires a diversity of people, perspectives and ideas to address the complex challenges of its global business. 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, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.