Electric Drive Engineer

Date: Aug 11, 2017

Location: Cary, NC, US, 27513

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Primary Location: United States (US) - North Carolina (US-NC) - Cary 
Function: Product Engineering
Title: Electric Drive Engineer - 28947

Your Responsibilities

As an Electric Drive Systems Engineer you will plan, coordinate, and carry out the product analysis, design, and/or testing activities for electric drive components and systems used on vehicles worldwide. Electric drive system components include motors, generators, power inverters, safety protection devices, control systems, conductors, and connectors. In addition, you will:

  • Execute component development projects using Deere’s formal development process for  programs of moderate scope.
  • Provide technical analysis and design of electric drive systems consisting of electric machines, power conversion electronics, and harnesses.
  • Translate system requirements into component requirements and document requirements rigorously.
  • Analyze, design, and test components and/or significant sub-systems of the overall electric drive system
  • Work to achieve commercial goals for electric drive components and strive to reduce development time and expense by leveraging knowledge, components, and suppliers across the enterprise
  • Contribute to identifying potential electric drive applications with differentiating value to customers, working with vehicle platforms
  • Work with Deere vehicle engineers, Tech Center India (TCI) engineers, consultants and suppliers for system analysis, design, and development. This will include interfacing with other engineering analysis functions such as heat transfer modeling, dynamic modeling, noise and vibration analysis, finite element analysis, etc.
  • Develop appropriate models representing the dynamics of the electric drive components, systems, vehicle interactions, and control algorithms

What Skills You Need

  • Experience with simulation/modeling tools such as MATLAB/Simulink
  • Experienced user of lab equipment such as dynamometers, high speed data capture, current sensors and other tools for design and debug of electric drives components
  • Ability to constructively work with suppliers in the application and design of electric drive system components
  • Ability to work constructively with teams having diverse skills and from different cultural backgrounds
  • Manage projects of moderate scope
  • Understanding of electric drive components and systems with ability to design electric drive systems achieving vehicle program technical and financial goals in a production environment
  • 1+ years of technical work experience relating to the design or testing of electric drive systems
  • 2+ years of Product Engineering experience
  • 1+ years of Product Design experience
  • 1+ years of work experience relating to the design or testing of ED components such as electric machines, power electronics, connectors and conductors

What Makes You Stand Out

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

  • Knowledge of diesel engine systems and control
  • Knowledge of mechanical drives that interface with electric motors and generators
  • Knowledge of power electronic inverter construction and cooling
  • Knowledge of different electric machine types and forms
  • Knowledge of testing electric drive systems and components
  • Experience in project management


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering in circuit theory, electromagnetics, control systems, electronics
  • Lab experience in electric drive technology including power electronics and electric machines
  • Advanced technical degrees in electric drive fields is desired

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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