Product Development Engineer

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 identity or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Primary Location: United States (US) – Iowa – Ankeny

Function: Engineering (CA)

Title: Product Development Engineer – 95828

Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position

This position is eligible for a flexible work schedule 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 Product Development Engineer for John Deere Des Moines Works located in Ankeny, IA, you will, research and specify spray patterns to meet targeted broadcast and broadcast application requirements. In addition, you will:

  • Collaborate with nozzle suppliers and research institutions to design and test nozzles to defined requirements.
  • Collaborate with Production Systems and Product Marketing globally to develop and maintain a nozzle portfolio which meets customer and business needs.
  • Design and verify performance of spray nozzle actuators for targeted broadcast and broadcast applications.

VISA Sponsorship is NOT Available for this position

What Skills You Need

  • Ability to design and write spray pattern tests and interpret results
  • Translate application goals into nozzle performance requirements
  • Understand drivers of spray drift and mitigation techniques
  • Ability to design precise injection molded nozzles and tooling
  • Ability to design and verify high speed solenoids or nozzle actuators
  • Ability to design and verify high speed measuring systems for small liquid flows
  • Ability and willingness to travel both domestic and internationally, up to 25%

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Strong collaboration skills with Blue River Technology and research institutions
  • Experience designing spray nozzles
  • Experience researching spray drift and mitigation
  • Experience with droplet formation and atomization mechanics
  • Experience with spray pattern analysis and measurement techniques and reports
  • Experience with high speed solenoids or actuators for metering small flows
  • Experience with high speed measuring systems for small flows
  • Experience with formulation design and properties of agricultural pesticides and nutrients
  • Experience with polymer specification and selection for chemical and wear resistance
  • Experience with design of precise injection molded parts and tooling


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

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering

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

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.

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 extent 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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