Manufacturing Engineering Technician III

Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Posted: 06/24/19 Employment Type: 2 years + Industry: Other Job Number: JDJP00020099



Provides support for and/or assistance with products or engineering processes. Technicians at this level typically perform appropriate tests using existing procedures for process control and failure analysis, Provides routine analysis for materials, manufacturing process and methods, assist with problem identification and resolution, root cause analysis, corrective action tracking, reliability analysis and verification/validation test plan 
development. Provides guidance on test procedures to engineers and support personnel. Requires knowledge and understanding of lab testing equipment and technologies. Duties: Operates and/or calibrates analytical equipment to perform a variety of routine chemical, physical or metallurgical tests. Maintains production tooling system and completes shop orders to ensure that tooling is produced for production use. Monitors and participates in the implementation of improvements for cutting, stamping, welding, machining and assembly processes. Maintains the dimensional control of purchased components through measurements with support of electronic three-dimensional or other instruments of similar precision. Creates manufacturing programs for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines or others of similar nature. Maintains chemical concentrations in paint washers to ensure that painted parts meet desired specifications. Supports the metallurgy lab and assists the failure analysis process by cutting parts, ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, performing paint tests and testing oil samples to ensure compliance to quality standards. Inputs, communicates and/or maintains engineering change or other manufacturing information to the appropriate personnel and/or database.


Position Title


Materials Engineering Technician 3

Specific Position Requirements


Would like a Bachelor's in Material Science
Would highly prefer local or Midwest candidates
Must be US citizen or green card holder

JDPS Materials Engineering Laboratory Technician


MAJOR PURPOSE:  This job is for a Materials Engineering lab technician whose everyday assignments and tasks may vary from routine to infrequent.  Duties are relatively broad in scope and may require evaluation by the position holder.  The holder of this position will perform materials engineering supporting tasks or complex laboratory analytical functions with limited engineering oversight.



  • Completes tasks involving preparation or analysis of material samples/components/processes with minor engineering oversight for moderately complex activities. 
  • Develop, recommend and implement laboratory analytical or process changes needed to maintain or improve product quality on a tactical or strategic basis.
  • Work with maintenance and production personnel to troubleshoot laboratory equipment, process, or analytical problems.
  • Participate on project teams to leverage knowledge and experience to improve factory performance in safety, quality, cost, and delivery.
  • Create and maintain process instructions or develop analytical processes to meet production needs.
  • Create and maintain laboratory procedures and processes.
  • Maintain “Sustain” level of 5S in the Materials Engineering lab.



  • Strong understanding of part prints, process instructions, and Deere/industry standards.
  • Basic to moderate knowledge of iron/steel making processes and application to materials analysis.
  • Basic knowledge of production and analytical equipment, and maintenance activities needed to produce or verify a quality product.
  • Solid mechanical aptitude and a strong drive to grow this skill set.
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills.


WORK EXPERIENCE:          “The ideal candidate will have,”

  • Experience in process control and analytical analysis to be interfaced with this position.
  • Experience in John Deere design and manufacturing environment is desired
  • Experience with an engineering and laboratory environment.
  • Participation as a contributing team member on substantial process problem solving teams.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership and mentoring experience.
  • Experience with production systems and databases.
  • Experience with using Microsoft Office Suite and other electronic engineering software tools.



  • 2 year associate technical degree or equivalent work experience
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