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John Deere Part-Time Student-Manufacturing Engineering-Waterloo IA in Waterloo, Iowa

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

Function: Manufacturing Engineering

Title: Part-Time Student-Manufacturing Engineering-Waterloo IA- 84799

Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position

The Part-Time Student Program is primarily designed to augment the Companys regular full-time staff and is for students who work in parallel to their school schedule.

Your Responsibilities

As a Part-Time Student-Manufacturing Engineering for John Deere Waterloo Works located in Waterloo, Iowa, you will assist the heat treat department primarily with processing furnace samples to verify process quality.

You will distribute test pieces to the factory floor that will be placed in heat treat trays. Upon completion, you will collect, section, polish and perform metallurgical analyses on test pieces. You will determine if test pieces are within or out of specification and will be required to contact the manufacturing engineer and/or hold the suspect material.

Responsibilities will also include filling out forms for metallurgical analysis requests, submitting daily part audits, reviewing furnace process data to identify root cause of quality issues, data entry and database updates.

Other activities may include:

  • Process development for heat treatment processes

  • Assist with creating work instructions for operators

  • Assist with troubleshooting production process, machine, and quality issues

  • Provide technical support to the production department for problem solving and quality


  • Assist with random part audits

  • Small project work for the manufacturing engineering staff

  • Maintain existing laboratory equipment

This position will require daily afternoon/evening work.

What Skills You Need

  • Ideally you will be pursuing an Associate or Bachelor degree preferably in a technical field; others may apply

  • Must be registered as a full-time student at a local accredited university (Hawkeye, UNI, Wartburg, etc)

  • Graduation date of May 2023 or later

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above

  • Must be able to commute to the work location on a daily basis

  • Work 16-20 hours/week during the academic year

  • Work 35-40 hours/week during the summer semester

  • Available to work afternoons and evenings

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Basic knowledge of heat treatment of ferrous metals

  • Knowledge of material properties and metallurgical analysis

  • Basic understanding of statistical process control

  • Demonstrated experience with advanced spreadsheet, VBA, and statistical analysis tools is a plus

  • Some technical knowledge of manufacturing processes, ability to work with hand tools, polishing equipment and some laboratory equipment, and basic knowledge of spreadsheet applications and database applications

  • Pursuing a degree in one of the following areas: metallurgical engineering, materials engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing technology, industrial technology, or a related field of study .

    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.