Cerebral Staffing

Cerebral Staffing

  • Ankeny, IA

  • $52.50-56.25 per hour

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

Join Cerebral Staffing, LLC on site at our client John Deere in Ankeny, IA as a Performance Engineer!

Location: | Onsite and must be willing to travel – there will be a lot of travel toward the last half of the year supporting field test sites.

Duration of Role: 2+ years

Pay: $52.50 – $56.25 / hourly


This position is for a Performance engineer to support the verification of the function of parts and systems used on cotton harvesting equipment. Some but not all of the key tasks will include:

  • Plan, coordinate, conduct, and oversee full vehicle evaluations and field test activities of cotton harvesters.
  • Provide field test site support throughout the harvest season in southern US.
  • Become proficient in the safe operation and maintenance of cotton harvesters to aid in design reviews, tests, evaluations, and trouble shooting.
  • Responsible for completing test Activities through all phases of planning, execution, and reporting to closure.
  • Participate in, contribute to, and document design reviews and Event disposition.
  • Assist in the shipping and tracking of test equipment, including machines, and office related tasks as required.
  • Report test results in a timely and clear manner; help in the definition and execution of any follow up testing.
  • May provide lab test support.


  • 4-year degree in engineering, technology, or equivalent experience.
  • Up to 30% travel required. Most travel will be in the last half of the year. Flexibility and ability to adapt regarding hours/travel/priorities
  • Experience working in a team environment and soliciting cooperation when needed.
  • Strong technical report writing skills.
  • A knowledge of engineering theory and principles.
  • A working knowledge of mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical systems.
  • Strong personal skills and the ability to work with farmers, technicians, and engineers, to get work done.
  • Ability to work with others in a professional manner while unsupervised.


  • Farming experience
  • Experience with design, development and/or test of mobile equipment, preferably agricultural harvesting equipment.
  • Experience with data acquisition tools.
  • Knowledge of the safe operation and maintenance of agricultural equipment.
  • A working knowledge of the CAN bus and how to extract information from it.
  • A working knowledge of advanced electronic systems used in agriculture for monitoring and tracking the harvest and post-harvest processing of product.

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