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Vermeer Corporation 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 Project Engineer manages design, test, and production and assists the design team in product development process. This position directs engineering projects and teams as assigned, advises and assists in developing training and serves as a liaison between manufacturing, purchasing, service, sales, dealers and customers.

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

  1. Lead through the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused, and stewardship and model the associated behaviors. Manage assigned team members in performance of their duties. Establish and monitor individual and team goals which are aligned with the organization’s business strategies and objectives and ensure department is properly serving its internal and external customers and meeting defined expectations.

  2. Supervise product development and design activities through direct contact with design personnel including, but not limited to, designing parts and detail using computer aided simulation programs, ensuring required testing is performed on new and redesigned equipment, interpreting FEA/testing results, etc.

  3. Define, develop and lead multiple engineering projects from prototype development through production implementation, including field follow-up.

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

  5. Educate and train dealers and sales teams on products to increase product knowledge.

  6. Review and approve service, operators, and maintenance and parts manuals to ensure any product changes and updates are captured.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Ag, Industrial, Electrical Engineering or related Engineering field with at least 5 years previous job experience and/or training; and/or combination of equivalent education and experience is required.

Other Skills and Abilities

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

  • Deep knowledge of engineering fundamentals, including continuous improvement and lean, FEA evaluation, stress analysis, hydraulics, electrical systems, design and manufacturing processes.

  • Ability to achieve goals in the product development process, which include gross margin, cost, reliability and performance for each particular project to support the strategic goals of the organization.

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

  • Ability to integrate machine performance, costs, manufacturability and reliability which is a direct link to the Company profitability.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers and 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 project development and engineering teams to complete projects on time and within budget.

  • Ability to proficiently operate agricultural tractor, shop hand tools, portable power units and other applicable machines.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration

Fundamentals of Engineering Examination and PE preferred.


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.

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.