Design Engineer

Design engineers design and develop agricultural equipment and system products that allow farmers to improve the yield of their land. They also serve as a technical resource by participating in design reviews and providing input on new projects.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Design major components and/or subsystems
  • Develop and evaluate product designs based on customer needs, manufacturability, cost and safety
  • Develop design specifications, collaborating with product management, sales and marketing, manufacturing, product development, testing and customers for projects assigned
  • Develop test plans and direct testing of the design
  • Ensure all requirements are completed to meet prototype and test schedules
  • Set product quality and tolerance specifications for designs
  • Design and/or select hydraulic, power transmission and structural components needed to implement design
  • Perform engineering design calculations
  • Operate design software to design, lay out, produce drawings and develop bills of materials
  • Work with the manufacturing department to develop tooling and new manufacturing processes as assigned
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to customers, vendors and other departments or facilities
  • Research new products, technologies, materials, construction methods, testing procedures and competitive equipment in the industry
  • Participate in product design reviews and provide input based on experience and knowledge
  • Provide technical support as needed to purchasing, suppliers, manufacturing, dealers and customers

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially agricultural mechanics
  • industrial technology
  • welding
  • computer skills
  • advanced mathematics

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in agricultural, chemical or mechanical engineering or a related engineering discipline is required. Knowledge in machining, steel fabrication and welding are also essential.

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