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John Deere Materials Engineer in Waterloo, Iowa

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Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa - Waterloo

Function: Manufacturing Engineering

Title: Materials Engineer - 77144

Your Responsibilities

As a Materials Engineer for John Deere Power Systems located in Waterloo, IA, you will provide verification of materials received meet mechanical and microstructural quality requirements. In addition, you will:

  • Manage existing laboratory equipment and justify/purchase new equipment

  • Provide technical support to the production departments for special processes (e.g., heat treatment, MPI, casting, welding) for problem solving and quality improvement

  • Conduct failure analysis of materials of limited complexity and determines Root Cause and recommended corrections

  • Provide support to the Machining and Assembly business units while also supporting other engineering sub- functional teams

    Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • 1 or more years of experience conducting metallographic sample preparation

  • 1 or more years of experience with light microscope skills (metallograph, stereomicroscope and image analysis)

  • Possess the ability to flex within a multi- functional engineering and manufacturing environment

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software

  • Understand the basic mechanical operation of combustion engines and bolted joints, and has been exposed to hands- on use of hand tools and power tools

  • 1 or more years of exposure and use of industry standards such as ASTM, SAE, ISO, etc.

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Work experience in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulics, Power Systems, etc.)

  • Practical heat- treat experience

  • Magnetic Particle Inspection experience

  • Basic Failure Analysis experience

  • Experience with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing

  • Experience with materials engineering and engineering mechanics

  • Engineering knowledge of materials properties

  • Technical knowledge to conduct destructive and non- destructive testing and evaluation of materials


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

  • Master's or Bachelor's of Science degree in Materials/Metallurgical Engineering

    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.