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John Deere Analytical Lab Materials Engineer in Moline, Illinois

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.

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

Function: Manufacturing Engineering

Title: Analytical Lab Materials Engineer - 72921

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.

Your Responsibilities

As a Analytical Lab Materials Engineer for John Deere ISG located in Moline, Il, you will:

  • Conduct thermal and chemical characterization of polymeric, elastomeric and composite materials in support of our suppliers and internal business processes (OFP, PDP and TDP).

  • Provide formal reports to internal customers that interpret analytical results for a broader, non-technical audience.

  • Work within a global, multifunctional team to conduct failure analysis investigations that provide recommendations and corrective actions to internal and external customers.

    Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • Understand polymer and organic chemistry with a focus on industrial applications.

  • Understand the relationship between material performance and rheological properties as generated through melt flow, intrinsic viscosity and gel permeation chromatography.

  • Conduct chemical exposure/compatibility testing between polymeric materials and commonly used Ag chemicals and automotive fluids.

  • Perform periodic equipment calibrations and maintenance guided by written procedures and work with vendors to resolve any technical issues.

  • We need an excellent communicator, both verbal and written, who thrives on solving problems and working in a team environment.

  • 1 or more years of experience with Melt Flow, FTIR, DSC, TGA, TMA, DMA, SEM/EDS and XRF testing procedures, equipment, and associated software.

  • 1 or more years of experience with Organic and Polymer Chemistry.

  • 1 or more years of experience with computer software: MS Office.

What Makes You Stand Out

  • 1 or more years of experience with contamination analyses and reporting.

  • Maintain 5S practices for the lab, manage chemical & gas inventories and gather approvals for all new chemicals prior to delivery.

  • Experience with fractography using macro/microscopic photography.

  • Experience with MS SharePoint administration.

  • Experience using VBA to write macros in Excel.


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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Organic or Polymer Chemistry or equivalent work experience in a 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.

    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 or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.