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Lead Assembly Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Jun 9, 2022

Location: Davenport, Iowa, US, 52809

Company: John Deere

At John Deere, we run so life can leap forward. This powerful purpose is our promise to humankind that we will dream, design and deliver breakthrough products that sustain our world for generations to come. The world is counting on us to feed billions of people and build vital infrastructures in villages, towns, and megacities. We live up to the legacy our founder forged in a one-room blacksmith's shop nearly two centuries ago by creating a culture that brings out the best in all of us. A culture where great ideas thrive because every voice is heard.


Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa  - Davenport  
Function: Manufacturing Engineering
Title: Lead Assembly Manufacturing Engineer - 86159 

Onsite/Remote: Onsite Position 

Your Responsibilities


As a Lead Assembly Manufacturing Engineer for John Deere Davenport Works in Davenport, IA you will provide Assembly Manufacturing Engineering (ME) support and troubleshooting for current operations in the Articulated Dump Truck business. You will engage with our workforce to overcome operational difficulties (assembly or fabrication), 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:


  • Establish routings, SOE (sequence of events), work standards, layouts, tooling, assembly costs, OMS (operator methods sheets) and control plans for revisions to current operations
  • Identify opportunities and implement continuous improvement projects impacting safety, quality, efficiency, cost and ergonomic improvements for department
  • Leverage and implement technology to improve our access to and utilization of data to drive business improvement
  • Design tools and fixtures and support the maintenance of production tooling & fixtures
  • Design cell layouts to improve material flow and part presentation in department
  • Support, communicate and implement Engineering changes
  • Train new operators to ensure that they are successful in their manufacturing method to achieve our safety, quality, delivery and efficiency goals. 
  • Assist in the investigation and resolution of warranty and customer field issues
  • Drive lean manufacturing and waste elimination through established 5S policies and procedures


Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need (Required skills/experiences)


  • Good communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with salaried and wage personnel in a team environment to navigate challenging situations
  • A self- starter who asks for and offers help when needed, meets challenges with resourcefulness and enthusiasm
  • Original thinking and an ability to identify problems and generate creative solutions 
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes and working in a production environment
  • Experience with shop floor documentation, i.e. Sequence of Events (SOE), Labor Standards and Operator Methods Sheets (OMS)
  • Experience with line and process design, material presentation, line balancing and visual management tools
  • Ability to effectively influence others, without authority 
  • Ability to work overtime and weekends, if needed

What Makes You Stand Out (Desired skills/experiences)


  • Demonstrated formal or informal leadership skills 
  • Experience initiating and managing large capital changes to drive improvements 
  • Experience learning and applying technology, systems, data mining, and analysis tools to drive business improvements 
  • Experience successfully navigating ambiguous situations 
  • Experience with torque tooling, fluid fill systems, and test stands
  • Experience working with incentive pay systems, especially gainsharing programs such as CIPP (Continuous Improvement Pay Plan)
  • Experience with AutoCAD and Creo View software
  • Industrial engineering experience with layouts and time studies 



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


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering related field or applicable experience



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.





Nearest Major Market: Davenport
Nearest Secondary Market: Moline

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