Staff Electric Drive Systems Engineer

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Primary Location: United States (US) - Illinois (US-IL) - Moline 

Note:  This position can be located in:  Moline, IL; Waterloo, IA; Dubuque, IA; Fargo, ND; or Cary, NC
Function: Product Engineering
Title: Staff Electric Drive Systems Engineer - 38593

Your Responsibilities

As the Staff Electric Drive Systems Engineer, for the John Deere Electric Drive & Services Group, you will plan, coordinate, and carry out the product analysis, design, and/or testing activities for electric drive components and systems in Deere products worldwide.  In addition, you will:

  • Be the technical lead for overall electric drive component projects and execute the Critical Component Delivery Process (CCDP) and Enterprise Product Delivery Process (EPDP) to deliver production components and systems into vehicle EPDP programs while meeting budget, schedule, and quality metrics.
  • Serve as mentor and technical advisor to other engineers on the team.
  • Deliver electric drive solutions across multiple Deere platforms, working with platform engineers to integrate the electric drive components into the vehicle.
  • Be responsible for the development of appropriate simulation models representing electric drive components, systems, vehicle interactions, and control algorithms and mentoring others in model generation and results interpretation.
  • Assist platform engineers to commission new systems and vehicles, including troubleshooting vehicle system problems and giving technical guidance to product platforms.
  • Identify potential electric drive component improvements and new applications with differentiating value to customers, working with vehicle platforms.
  • Support program activities broader than product design, including: electric drive safety practices and compliance, manufacturing, customer support, supply management, and marketing.

Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • 7 or more years of Product Engineering experience, with electrical or mechanical engineering focus
  • 5 or more years of Product Design experience
  • Experience working constructively with suppliers in the application and design of electric drive system components
  • Experience generating product/system requirements documents of significant magnitude, creating technical reports suitable for long-term archiving
  • Experience pursuing technical solutions in the conceptual, modeling, and prototype/production hardware design phases
  • Strong communication skills, including verbal, written and listening
  • 5 or more years leading technical projects and project teams to meet project performance, schedule, and budget goals
  • Experience mentoring engineers, interns, Engineering Development Program (EDPs) participants
  • Skilled user of lab equipment, such as dynamometers, oscilloscopes, current sensors and other tools for design and debug of electric drives

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Expert ability to apply electronic components in harsh environments as seen in vehicle applications
  • Work experience in component development of power electronics, connectors and conductors
  • Experience with John Deere vehicle platforms, such as tractors, combines, sprayers, and implements
  • Expert user of circuit and system simulation/modeling tools, such as MATLAB/Simulink
  • Knowledge of vehicle systems interfacing with electric drives (i.e. diesel engines, gearboxes, vehicle controllers, hydraulic lubrication, and water-glycol cooling)
  • Knowledge of EPDP sub-process areas broader than product design, examples include: safety and compliance, manufacturing, customer support, supply management, and marketing
  • Advanced technical degree in electric drive field or competence and skill equivalent to a Master's degree in electrical or mechanical engineering

Education (or equivalent work experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or related discipline

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.


John Deere
Full time
Moline, Illinois 61265-8098, US