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Assembly ME

Date: Apr 20, 2021

Location: Davenport, Iowa, United States, 52809

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.


Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa  - Davenport  
Function: Manufacturing Engineering
Title: Assembly ME - 72713 


Your Responsibilities


As a Manufacturing Engineer for John Deere Davenport Works, a premiere factory for the Construction and Forestry Division, you will engage with our workforce to overcome operational difficulties for assembly, work with a cross functional team to execute continuous improvement projects and contribute to the overall One Davenport team. You will join a dynamic team and operate in a challenging production environment where valuing others, diversity and inclusion are critical to the success of our team and business. In addition, you will:


  • Participate in startup meetings and production meetings
  • Identify opportunities and implement continuous improvement projects in support of departmental goals for Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Efficiency
  • Train new operators to ensure that they are successful in their manufacturing method to achieve our Safety, Quality, Delivery and Efficiency goals.  
  • Support, communicate and implement Engineering changes 
  • Define and update work standards, routings, layouts and work instructions
  • Design tools and fixtures and support the maintenance of production tooling & fixtures.
  • Assist in the investigation and resolution of warranty and customer field issues
  • Support and lead cross functional teams
  • Lead and participate in proactive Quality and Manufacturing planning (FMEAs, PVAs, DPARs, Virtual Builds etc.)
  • Design and implement manufacturing process monitoring and risk mitigation solutions
  • Communicate with the Natural Work Group and leadership to understand problems, propose and execute solutions, and provide updates
  • Leverage and implement technology to improve our access to and utilization of data to drive business improvement 
  • Drive lean manufacturing and waste elimination through established 5S policies and procedures
  • Foster a positive work environment through employee engagement activities, communications, and a strong say: do ratio
  • Act as an ambassador of John Deere and provide a positive brand experience when interacting with students and customers visiting the factory


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 

What Skills You Need


  • Meets challenges with resourcefulness and enthusiasm 
  • Effective interpersonal skills for navigating challenging situations and communicating & collaborating effectively 
  • Gathers and analyzes information skillfully, eliminating problems at their root 
  • Original thinking and an ability to identify problems and generate creative solutions 
  • Plans and prioritizes work effectively, adapting for changing conditions 
  • Ability to create and thrive in an inclusive and collaborative team environment 
  • Self-starter, who asks for and offers help when needed 
  • Ability to effectively influence others, without authority 

What Makes You Stand Out


  • Demonstrated formal or informal leadership skills 
  • IE experience with layouts and time studies 
  • Electrical background to help troubleshoot issues
  • Executes effectively and independently 
  • Experience successfully navigating ambiguous situations 
  • Experience initiating and managing changes to drive improvements 
  • Experience learning and applying technology, systems, data mining, and analysis tools to drive business improvements 
  • If your experience or skill look a little different from what we have outlined and you think you can rock this role, we’d love to learn more about you 



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


  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing, Operations, Engineering, or Other


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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