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Competency lead

Date: Mar 11, 2019

Location: Ankeny, IA, US, 50023

Company: John Deere

There are 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 in our 175-year history. 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.

Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa (US-IA) - Ankeny 
Function: Product Engineering
Title: Competency lead - 51263

Your Responsibilities

As a Competency Lead for Application Equipment (Agricultural Sprayers and Floater/Spreaders), you will perform design, development and verification of passive and active suspension systems. This includes spring mass/dampers, isolators, and actuators to optimize vehicle behavior with respect to machine critical functions such as boom control and operator comfort.  In addition, you will:

  • Develop analysis plans, analyze and characterize current suspension designs and vehicle dynamics
  • Develop new design concepts, work with a larger team of experts in analysis, structural and systems design to execute concepts and design work
  • Maintain internal and external relationships and actively participate in Platform and Enterprise community of experts
  • Lead solutions related to vehicle dynamics, suspension and chassis design, identify and organize resources
  • Act as a technical advisor
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of industry and technical innovations in the technical discipline

Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • Deep and broad understanding of vehicle dynamics and relevant analysis techniques (MBD)
  • Experienced in design of passive and active suspension systems; Suspension Kinematics and Steering Geometry Design - Suspension Component Design (Springs, Dampers, Ball Joins, Anti-roll bars, bushings, etc.)
  • Experience in performing complex engineering assignments
  • 4 or more years of suspension system engineering, component design and Analysis
  • 4 or more years of technical experience relating to design or diagnostics of mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic systems
  • 4 or more years of experience with engineering tools, systems and databases
  • 1 or more years of product test and analysis experience
  • 1 or more years of product design experience

What Makes You Stand Out

Other areas of experience or interest that will help us place you on the right team include:

  • Fundamental understanding of agricultural machine forms
  • 4 or more years of experience in capacity for ride tuning
  • Deep Customer Understanding and able to translate customer needs into functional requirements
  • 4 or more years of technical leadership within a unit or platform
  • 4 or more years of PV&V (test planning, test development, test management)
  • Knowledge of the Enterprise TDP, ISDP and EPDP processes Work Experience

Education (or equivalent work experience)

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

  • Bachelor's degree in Ag Sciences, Mechanical or Agricultural Engineering
  • Advanced degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • Design for Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

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.

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 or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


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