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John Deere Mechanical 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: Mechanical Lab Materials Engineer - 72922

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 Mechanical Lab Materials Engineer for John Deere ISG located in Moline, IL, you will:

  • Characterize the mechanical properties of polymeric, elastomeric and composite materials in support of our suppliers and Deere’s internal business processes (OFP, PDP and TDP).

  • Translate the needs of internal customers into precise testing requirements and deliverables.

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

    Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • Understand and put into practice the ASTM and ISO standards relevant to mechanical characterization of polymeric materials.

  • Coordinate with external labs to expand available testing capabilities, modify existing test fixtures and design and fabricate new test fixtures to meet the requirements of internal customers.

  • Manage the color approval process and accelerated weathering operations for polymeric materials.

  • 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 mechanical testing equipment (MTS or Instron), testing software (Bluehill, TestSuite, LabView, etc.) and test specimen preparation specific to the mechanical characterization of polymers.

  • 1 or more years of experience with Xenon Arc Accelerated Weathering equipment and spectrophotometry equipment and software.

  • 1 or more years of experience with plastic and metal machining processes (CNC, vertical-knee mill, lathe, bandsaw, drill press, etc.).

  • 1 or more years of experience with computer software: MS Office, CAD/CAM packages such as Creo, ProE, AutoCAD, SprutCAM, etc.

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Supervise machine shop operations, maintain equipment, provide training, manage shop & tooling supplies, and maintain 5S practices.

  • Work with equipment vendors to maintain equipment calibrations and resolve any technical issues in a timely manner.

  • Experience with Color evaluations - both visual and instrumental evaluations.

  • 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 or associate degree in Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering 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.