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Factory Automation ME

Date: Apr 20, 2021

Location: Waterloo, IA, Iowa, United States, 50701

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  - Waterloo, IA  
Function: Manufacturing Engineering
Title: Factory Automation ME - 72905 


This position may be located at Drivetrain Operations or TCAO per the hiring manager's discretion. This position may be on 1st shift (0700 AM – 330 PM) or 3rd shift (1030 PM – 0700 AM). This may be dependent on the successful candidate's background, experience, and proficiency.


Your Responsibilities


As a Factory Automation Manufacturing Engineer for John Deere located in Waterloo, Iowa, you will lead design, development, integration, implementation, and support of small to large automated Factory Automation (FA) solutions. This posting may be on either 1st shift (0700 AM – 330 PM) or 3rd shift (1030 PM – 0700 AM). In this role you will:


  • Design/update electrical systems, prints, and programs for machines, shop floor tooling, and equipment including human-machine interfaces (HMI) and programmable logic controllers (PLC).
  • Create and maintain interfaces for communicating with shop-floor tools, PLC controls, SCADA, and MES systems.
  • Lead and execute intermediate to complex professional controls engineering tasks which may integrate several areas of engineering and require limited management or coordination of cross-functional teams, outside design professionals, and contractors.
  • Respond to critical production down situations affecting manufacturing and maintenance activities.
  • Support integration (installation and networking) of shop floor machines, equipment, and tooling into site MES and PLCs.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

What Skills You Need


  • Background in Engineering (Electrical, Controls, Computer, etc).
  • Skilled in PLC and computer programming, Structured Query Language (SQL), and the engineering tools associated.
  • Knowledge of electrical design and the codes, common practices, and engineering tools required.
  • Knowledge of MES solutions (SAP-MES, AMES, JDAAT, Ignition, Wonderware, SepaSoft, etc.) process control, process scheduling, mistake proofing of manufacturing processes, and shop floor device connectivity.
  • Project management experience demonstrating effective communication, teamwork skills, problem solving, and multiple concurrent project workload management.

What Makes You Stand Out


  • 3 or more years of experience in one or more related engineering areas: electrical, controls, computer, etc.
  • 3 or more years of experience with engineering tools, systems, and databases.
  • 3 or more years of experience in electrical design and the use of electrical drafting software.
  • 3 or more years of experience in PLC and/or PC programing.
  • 2 or more years of experience in project management – moderate to large scale complex projects.


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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