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John Deere Virtual Design & Verification (VDV) Engineer in Ottumwa, Iowa

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) - Iowa - Ottumwa

Function: Product Engineering

Title: Virtual Design & Verification (VDV) Engineer - 81467

Onsite/Remote: Onsite 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.

Your Responsibilities

As a VDV Engineer for Ottumwa Works located in Ottumwa, IA, you will….

  • Develop and correlate Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) to virtually validate and improve function of machines

  • Develop methods to quantify DEM results to compare design solutions

  • Develop and correlate FEA models to virtually validate and improve durability of machines

  • Work with product engineers to determine solutions for issues identified through virtual and physical testing

    Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • Knowledge and understanding of crop flow through agricultural products

  • 2 or more years of product development experience in design or testing

  • Familiarity with computer aided design tools; Creo preferred

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Strong mechanical background demonstrating the ability to understand and model systems in analysis tools

  • 2 or more years of simulation & analysis experience (FEA, DEM, CFD, and/or DSM (Dynamic Systems Modeling))

  • Knowledge and understanding of crop flow through Hay and Forage products


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

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Engineering (preferably Mechanical or Agricultural/Biosystems)

    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.