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Vermeer Corporation Senior Engineer- Design (Forage Innovations) in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do More ® .

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

The Senior Engineer - Design invents, designs, documents, builds and tests new solutions for assigned industry and also performs the management roles for these tasks. This role supports design in production, sales, service, troubleshooting and updating. This position is also responsible for analyzing and providing realistic recommendations on structural components to ensure that design meets the design goals and customer needs. This position requires interaction with manufacturing, purchasing, service, sales, dealer and customer aspects of the Company.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Demonstrate the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused, and stewardship and model the associated behaviors.

  2. Lead design efforts including, but not limited to: Calculating unknown loading and directions, reviewing existing digital models and provide guidance for creation or modification to use as a basis for Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Develop bill of materials for purchased items, machining, weld and assembly prints using SolidWorks software for manufacturability, cost effectiveness and safety.

  3. Analyze production or service issues and create solutions.

  4. Manage product development through scheduling and prioritizing project tasks to support Design Engineers and assist Engineering Technicians with all aspects of building and testing prototypes.

  5. Mentor team members to ensure their performance exceeds or meets expectations.

  6. Test design changes made by technicians.

  7. Instruct other users on SolidWorks, PDMWorks, ECN tools and best practices.

    Education and/or Experience

  8. 4-year college degree with a major in Mechanical, Industrial, Agriculture or Electrical Engineering with a minimum of 6 years’ related experience.

  9. Or other college degree (2-year or 4-year) with a minimum of 12 years’ related experience.

    Computer Skills

    Proficient with multiple software packages including, but not limited to, SolidWorks, Microsoft Office products including, but not limited to, Excel, Access and Word, product design software, PowerPoint, MathCAD, Glovia, Outlook, e-mail and nCode Glyphworks.

    Other Skills and Abilities

  10. Ability to identify the root cause of defective parts of product design solutions, including manufactured and purchased component sizing.

  11. Ability to operate strain gauge installation materials, fork lift, simple mechanics tools and wrenches, assembly hand tools, drill press, lathe, band saw and assembly power tools.

  12. Ability to proficiently operate Vermeer equipment, shop hand tools, portable power units and other applicable machines.

  13. Ability to function productively with all internal and external personnel to manage, design, build, sell, service and operate machines.

  14. Ability to create robust design, identify changes early in the design progress and to recognize design commonality.

  15. Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers and co-workers and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness with customers and peers.

  16. Ability to produce accurate, professional and error-free documents in a timely manner.

  17. Demonstration of good verbal and written communication skills.

  18. Strong knowledge of engineering fundamentals, including continuous improvement and lean, FEA evaluation, stress analysis, statistics, strength of materials, hydraulics, electrical systems, design and manufacturing processes.

  19. Ability to effectively manage project development and the resources of an engineering team to meet the needs and schedules of internal customers and respond immediately to production questions and crisis with solutions.

  20. Ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail.

  21. Ability to understand manufacturability to ensure that the right configuration and materials are developed while integrating machine performance, costs, and reliability which is a direct link to the Company profitability.


    Up to 20% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.

Work Location

ONSITE: A team member’s day-to-day work is best done on a Vermeer campus. If work content can be occasionally completed at an offsite location, discuss potential arrangements with your manager.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions in human resources at (641) 621-8767 or at

Why Vermeer?

Our reach is global, our impact is personal. By joining Vermeer, you won’t just be making the right step for your career. You’ll be making a real, personal impact on our people, our customers and our world.

Impact Our People: You’ll find teams of hardworking people who take pride in their work, pride in each other and pride in the principles that guide them. Our team members are diverse, talented and driven to continuously learn, improve and innovate, both for our company and for their careers.

Impact Our Customers: Whether our customers are operating small stump cutters in their backyard or giant surface mining equipment in Australia, they make progress happen. Our team members are constantly turning up new possibilities and collaboratively innovating to keep our customers and the people they serve on the leading-edge of progress around the world.

Impact Our World: At Vermeer, we believe in giving back and helping people and communities. We’ve held that belief from our founding in 1948. Our reach extends from offering impressive benefits that help our team members and their families live well, to supporting our local communities through volunteer and community investment programs. Our impact is also experienced by the way our customers use Vermeer products to make a difference. Vermeer equipment is used all around the world to keep people connected to life necessities, such as water and electricity, harvest the feed that nourishes a vibrant food supply and effectively manage precious natural resources that improve our quality of life.