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Vermeer Corporation Engineer I - Embedded Software in Ames, 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

The Engineer I - Embedded Software applies in-depth knowledge of software engineering industry best practices, standards and technologies to develop, integrate, test, and debug embedded software for machine control systems. This position analyzes software requirements and develops algorithms, architecture, and code for real-time systems.

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

  1. Exhibit the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused and stewardship while modeling the associated behaviors.

  2. Develop, integrate, test, and debug moderately complex embedded software for Vermeer machine control systems, including supporting production and service.

  3. Provide technical leadership for moderate-complexity systems, potentially including mentoring less-experienced engineers.

  4. Assist in the definition, analysis, and allocation of software requirements, along with developing machine-level testing approaches and procedures.

Education and/or Experience

  • 4-year college degree in Computer Science, Computer or Software Engineering, Mechanical, Industrial, Agricultural or Electrical Engineering.

  • Or other 2 or 4-year college degree with a minimum of 4 years related experience.

Computer Skills

  • Proficient in C, C++, and/or other embedded programming languages, including a demonstrated ability to use source code editors, IDEs, compilers, and other specialized engineering software.

  • Experience with visual programming environments, such as MathWorks Simulink, National Instruments LabVIEW and/or Danfoss PLUS+1 GUIDE.

  • Experience with a model-based design tools, such as MathWorks MATLAB.

  • Ability to proficiently operate desktop, laptop computers and application software with experience using Microsoft Office products including, but not limited to, Word, Excel and Access.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge in control system theory and applications. Preferred knowledge in the control system design for off road vehicles, CAN and J1939 protocols.

  • Ability to design, test, and implement Human-Machine Interface and Virtual Instrument components and controls.

  • Ability to understand needs of customer and incorporate into function of machine.

  • Ability to analyze, develop and write specifications that direct software code development.

  • Familiarity with Agile software development methodologies.

  • Knowledge in the areas of electronic circuits, microcontroller architectures, and principles of operation.

  • Experience with test equipment such as power supplies, oscilloscopes, and signal generators.

  • Ability to maintain a positive, professional relationship when working with co-workers, customers and the public.

  • Ability to communicate timely and effectively, both orally and in written documents.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.

  • Ability to lead others that do not report to the position to produce results, including technicians and production personnel.


Up to 15% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.

Work Location

HYBRID: Some of a team member’s day-to-day work may be best done at a location other than a Vermeer campus. Discuss specific 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.