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Factory (OFP) Quality Engineer

Date: Jun 24, 2022

Location: East Moline, Illinois, US, 61244

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) - Illinois  - East Moline  
Function: Quality Engineering
Title: Factory (OFP) Quality Engineer - 86342 

Onsite/Remote: Onsite Position 

Your Responsibilities

As a Factory (Order Fulfillment Process) Quality Engineer for John Deere Harvester Works located in East Moline, IL, you will provide weld and assembly engineering support and troubleshooting for current operations in the Combine business unit. In addition, you will:


  • Directly support manufacturing operations of a weld and assembly department in a shop floor environment.
  • Use production and customer warranty data to investigate, contain, and resolve quality non- conformances within the production process and supplied components.
  • Manage daily quality calls from multiple product lines, determine root cause and implement both short-term and long-term corrective actions for defects found in a timely manner.
  • Provide clear and timely communication to management, operations, and cross-functional teams for active quality issues.
  • Lead quality planning and execution discussions, including risk analysis, risk mitigation, control plans, dimensional analysis, and strategic quality improvements.  Maintain current and historical quality performance documentation metrics.
  • Lead and actively participate in Continuous Improvement (CI) process on the shop floor – improving and implementing departmental Safety, Quality, Efficiency, Delivery, Ergonomic and Cost reduction projects.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams, suppliers, and product design to drive inherent quality into our processes and products.


Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position. 

What Skills You Need


  • Experience demonstrating technical aptitude in one of the following areas: welding, assembly, manufacturing, or product validation.
  • Experience with root cause analysis, process and failure mode effects analysis, corrective action, mistake proofing or digital process control tools.
  • A self-starter with the ability to execute multiple tasks in parallel with little supervision.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and summarize trend data to make sound decisions.
  • Ability to interpret production trend or defect data and convert into meaningful quality inspections and process control.
  • Product quality experience – interpreting measurement reports or similar dimensional inspection toolsets, control plan development or process/product-based risk mitigation.
  • Ability to work over-time, variable shift, and some weekends to support business needs.



What Makes You Stand Out


  • Production quality or manufacturing experience in a weld department.
  • Experience in quality, manufacturing, operations in a shop floor environment.
  • Experienced working with external suppliers or customers to contain and resolve quality non-conformances.
  • Experience with structure design, processes, and tooling.
  • Knowledge of drawing and schematic interpretation, product models, GD&T.
  • Experience in one or more related engineering areas:  design, manufacturing, quality, development, industrial or reliability.
  • Experience with engineering tools, systems, and databases such as SAP, CREO, AutoCAD, MES, JDAAT.
  • ASQ certification as QE, Auditor, or Six Sigma Certified.




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


  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline




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.





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