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John Deere Tool Designer in Waterloo, Iowa

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: Manufacturing Engineering

Title: Tool Designer-89763

Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position

This position is eligible for a partial telework arrangement at the present time. The arrangement may be delayed for training or other job acclimation purposes and remains subject to change.

Your Responsibilities

As a Tool Designer for John Deere Waterloo Works located in Waterloo, IA, you will.

  • Design and model custom parts, assemblies, and create fabrication prints from limited written and verbal direction that will be used to create fixtures and/or gages for our production machining and assembly operations

  • Collaborate with a diverse group of team members and stake holders in a fast-paced environment to create safe, ergonomic, high quality, and effective designs and print packages that can be fabricated with standard machine tools and/or additive manufacturing

    Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • 3 or more years experience with Creo 4 (or later) designing custom fixtures and/or gages

  • Proficient using MS Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

  • Proficient specifying component raw materials and heat treat/surface finish based on tool application

  • Proficient selecting/sizing/specifying purchased items for designs based on tool application

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work overtime as required

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Experience designing custom fixtures or gages for the agriculture industry

  • Leading a team

  • Working knowledge of pneumatics and hydraulics w/ ability to create schematics and perform calculations to size/specify component

  • Ability to perform basic stress/deflection calculations to validate projects, and/or, FEA experience

  • PDM Link experience

  • SAP experience

  • SAPGUI experience

  • Proficient with MS Access

  • Create and/or edit VBA code

  • Software programming experience (Python, SQL, or similar)

  • Prioritize skills and experiences from most important to least


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

  • Associate or bachelors degree in engineering or technology discipline or a bachelors degree in a related discipline or 10 more years equivalent experience in the tool, die, or mold industry

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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    The John Deere Health Benefit Plans for Salaried and Wage Employees comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.