Hydraulics Engineer, Product Development

Date: Dec 1, 2023

Location: Ankeny, Iowa, US, 50023

Company: John Deere

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.


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Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa  - Ankeny  
Function: Engineering (CA)
Title: Hydraulics Engineer, Product Development - 100965
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 Hydraulics Engineer, Product Development for the John Deere Crop Care Hydraulics team located in Des Moines, IA you will be working on Application Equipment that protects and nurtures the world’s crop production.  This position will be a part of the Engineering team for self-propelled Sprayers and Floaters. As a team member you will innovate, evaluate, and implement solutions to meet product requirements, cost targets and project schedules on Sprayer and/or Floater Enterprise Product Delivery Process (EPDP) Programs as well as new feature projects. In addition, you will:


  • Translates internal and external customer needs to engineering specifications for hydraulic / mechanical systems
  • Supports marketing, manufacturing, quality, supply management, and other global teams with engineering expertise to assist programs and resolve current production issues
  • Produces, evaluates and documents possible design solutions to provide required function, cost, quality and performance based on specialized knowledge of engineering applications. This may include possible involvement of other functional engineers, supply management and supplier personnel.
  • Compiles and furnishes necessary information to document the design solution required for building of prototypes and adoption of the design
  • Develops or collaborates in development of test or analysis plan for product verification and validation; assists with data interpretation, conclusions, and data-based decisions


VISA Sponsorship is NOT Available for this position


What Skills You Need


  • Skill in using computer aided design and/or engineering tools
  • Experience working within a product delivery process
  • Understanding of and experience with hydraulic systems and at least some relevant components: valves, pumps, motors, etc
  • Understanding of and experience with stress/strain, fatigue and common mechanical design considerations
  • Can effectively use calculation tools to translate physical problems to mathematical descriptions
  • Ability to effectively communicate with technical and non-technical individuals

What Makes You Stand Out


  • John Deere engineering team and process experience, including Enterprise Product Delivery Process (EPDP)
  • Experience working in a matrix team environment
  • Use of Creo CAD toolchain
  • Experience and capability using Automation Studio for hydraulic circuits
  • Experience and capability using Matlab
  • Experience with Agricultural equipment, especially Application Equipment
  • Experience with control systems in Agricultural or Construction equipment



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



What You'll Get

At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go while working in an inclusive team environment. 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. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive reward package to help you get started on your new career path, including:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Highly competitive base pay and performance bonuses
  • Savings & Retirement benefits (401K and Defined Benefit Pension)
  • Healthcare benefits with a generous company contribution in the Health Savings Account
  • Adoption assistance
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Tuition assistance
  • Fitness subsidies and on-site gyms at specific Deere locations
  • Charitable contribution match
  • Employee Purchase Plan & numerous discount programs for personal use


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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.


The terms of the applicable benefit plans, and all company actions administering or interpreting these plans, continue to control. Deere & Company reserves the right to suspend, amend, modify, or terminate the Plan(s) in any manner at any time, including the right to modify or eliminate any cost-sharing between the company and participants. Changes, which can be made at any time, are made by action of the company's board of directors, or to the extent authorized by resolution of its board of directors, or by the Deere & Company Compensation Committee. In the event of a conflict between the language of the official Plan Documents and this document, the language of the official Plan Documents will control.



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