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Vermeer Corporation Functional Testing Project Engineer in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do More®.

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

The Functional Testing Project Engineer manages the design, acquisition, commissioning, and maintenance of functional test equipment in manufacturing. This role works with Product Development, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations, and Quality to development functional tests and diagnostic programs, designs test fixtures and equipment, and completes specifications and procedures for new products and existing products. This position directs test engineering projects and teams as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Lead by exhibiting the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused and stewardship while modeling the associated behaviors. Supervise, organize, mentor and coach assigned team members in performance of their duties while influencing others to carry the Vermeer culture forward. Establish and monitor individual and team goals which are aligned with the organization’s strategies and objectives to drive key business results. Use expertise to ensure department is serving its internal and external customers and meeting defined expectations.

  2. Ensure the successful execution of test solution projects from inception, through deployment, as well as long-term support.

  3. Manage project scope (requirements and change requests) ensuring it meets agreed to commitments.

  4. Define, develop, and lead multiple test engineering projects from prototype development through production implementation.

  5. Ensure test equipment is qualified for use and added to calibration and preventative maintenance schedules. Troubleshoot and repair equipment.

  6. Develop and maintain prioritized task and project lists for direct reports.

  7. Educate and train team members and support staff on test equipment.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field.

  • Minimum 5 years' previous job experience and/or training.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstration of good project management skills including good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Deep knowledge of test equipment engineering fundamentals, including hydraulic systems, electrical systems, design, and manufacturing processes.

  • Design functional test equipment that will collect data on manufactured assemblies to allow statistical analysis and information on quality issues to be fed back to for root-cause correction.

  • Ability to work effectively with all internal and external personnel to manage, design, build, sell, service and operate machines.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with co-workers and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness.

  • Ability to provide accurate, professional, and error-free documents in a timely manner.

  • Ability to effectively manage projects and teams (internal or third party) to complete projects on time and within budget.


Up to 25% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions in human resources at (641) 621-8767 or at

Why Vermeer?

Our reach is global, our impact is personal. By joining Vermeer, you won’t just be making the right step for your career. You’ll be making a real, personal impact on our people, our customers and our world.

Impact Our People: You’ll find teams of hardworking people who take pride in their work, pride in each other and pride in the principles that guide them. Our team members are diverse, talented and driven to continuously learn, improve and innovate, both for our company and for their careers.

Impact Our Customers: Whether our customers are operating small stump cutters in their backyard or giant surface mining equipment in Australia, they make progress happen. Our team members are constantly turning up new possibilities and collaboratively innovating to keep our customers and the people they serve on the leading-edge of progress around the world.

Impact Our World: At Vermeer, we believe in giving back and helping people and communities. We’ve held that belief from our founding in 1948. Our reach extends from offering impressive benefits that help our team members and their families live well, to supporting our local communities through volunteer and community investment programs. Our impact is also experienced by the way our customers use Vermeer products to make a difference. Vermeer equipment is used all around the world to keep people connected to life necessities, such as water and electricity, harvest the feed that nourishes a vibrant food supply and effectively manage precious natural resources that improve our quality of life.