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John Deere Factory Automation Engineer in Waterloo, 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- Waterloo

Function: Manufacturing Engineering

Title: Factory Automation Engineer- 86240

Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position

Your Responsibilities

As a3rd Shift Factory Automation Engineer for John Deere Engine Works located in Waterloo, Iowa, you will provide controls engineering / factory automation support for off shift operations. In addition, you will:

  • Work as a team with maintenance and skilled trades to support down equipment to minimize lost production time.

  • Update electrical prints, programming and other documentation for shop floor equipment including human-machine interfaces (HMI) and programmable logic controllers (PLC).

  • Maintain and troubleshoot Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) in a production environment.

  • Assist with CI (continuous improvement) projects as time allows that are factory automation related to support safety, quality, or efficiency initiatives.

    Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • Fundamental understanding of automation and electrical control circuits.

  • Experience programming Ladder Logic in Allen Bradley PLC Controllers.

  • Good communication and troubleshooting skills.

  • Knowledge of electrical design and applicable safety codes (NFPA 70E, NEC), common practices, and engineering tools required.

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Knowledge of software/tools (Kepware, Visual Basic, Power BI, etc.).

  • Understandingnetwork connectivity requirements for equipment, and VLAN Network Topology.

  • Experience with Cognex, Fanuc or Keyence Vison Applications.

  • Experience with Fanuc Robotics Applications.

  • Experience maintaining or troubleshooting VFD Drive or Servo applications.

  • Experience in electrical design and the use of electrical drafting software.

  • Experience in Structured Query Language (SQL) and Databases.

  • Experience in a programing language (Python, C++).

  • Experience in PLC and HMI programming.


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

  • 4-year degree in Engineering, Manufacturing Technology, or equivalent work experience

    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.