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Senior Combustion Engineer

Date: Sep 28, 2022

Location: Waterloo, Iowa, US, 50613-8000

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.


John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa  - Waterloo  
Function: Product Engineering
Title: Senior Combustion Engineer - 89134
Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position


Your Responsibilities


As a Sr. Combustion Engineer for JDPS located in Waterloo, IA, you will lead testing and support development of Compression Ignition combustion technologies using a combination of modeling work and test work. In addition, you will...

  • Define combustion system requirements and contribute definition of component requirements including interface specifications. 
  • Contribute to new design concepts, advanced test methods, process improvements, and measurement capabilities.
  • Communicate results of completed work to the engine engineering community and engage functional area experts to coordinate testing that supports model capability development.
  • Ensure project results are documented including trade-off analysis, processes, conclusions, system requirements, and maintain database of solutions.
  • Provide technical guidance to internal and external projects, and ensure critical knowledge is captured and shared.



Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need (Required skills/experiences)


  • Technical understanding of combustion, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and modeling techniques.
  • Technical understanding of diesel engine performance and emissions characteristics 
  • Strong understanding of combustion system development, analysis, and measurement techniques
  • Practical experience testing Diesel engines: development, troubleshooting, dynamometer test laboratory hardware, and emission measurement equipment. 
  • Basic understanding of diesel aftertreatment systems and their interaction with engine performance. 
  • Experience in applying Design of Experiments and statistical analysis techniques.
  • Working understanding of GT-Power, Matlab, Simulink, and combustion analysis tool sets. 
  • Ability to clearly communicate thoughts and ideas to coworkers and provide testing direction to test engineers & dyno operators 
  • Ability to organize test plans, procure parts for testing, and complete data analysis 
  • Ability to clearly present results, conclusions, and recommendations

What Makes You Stand Out (Desired skills/experiences)


  • 5 years of Diesel engine development or performance & emissions experience
  • Prior experience in conducting single cylinder engine experiments for combustion development 



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


  • MS degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or physics.

What You'll Get

At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go while working in an inclusive team environment. 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. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive reward package to help you get started on your new career path, including:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Highly competitive base pay and performance bonuses
  • Savings & Retirement benefits (401K and Defined Benefit Pension)
  • Healthcare benefits with a generous company contribution in the Health Savings Account
  • Adoption assistance
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Tuition assistance
  • Fitness subsidies and on-site gyms at specific Deere locations
  • Charitable contribution match
  • Employee Purchase Plan & numerous discount programs for personal use


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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.


The terms of the applicable benefit plans, and all company actions administering or interpreting these plans, continue to control. Deere & Company reserves the right to suspend, amend, modify, or terminate the Plan(s) in any manner at any time, including the right to modify or eliminate any cost-sharing between the company and participants. Changes, which can be made at any time, are made by action of the company's board of directors, or to the extend authorized by resolution of its board of directors, or by the Deere & Company Compensation Committee. In the event of a conflict between the language of the official Plan Documents and this document, the language of the official Plan Documents will control.



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