Vermeer Corporation Engineer II - Research and Development 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 MoreTM.

Job Summary

The Engineer II - Research and Development (R & D) synthesizes and applies in-depth knowledge with current research data to investigate and communicate capability, constraints, and risk associated with new technologies. Investigations include evaluation of technology alignment with customer problems / needs requirements, industry competitive requirements, and potential IP. This position may develop prototypes and design verification and validation tests that are carried out by less experienced technical personnel, interns, and co-op team members. Highly educated in one or more specific technical skills, this position will work collaboratively with other technical disciplines to analyze, develop, architect, and test novel hardware and software solutions.

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

  1. Develop objective data driven technology reports by design of experiments, managing the investigation process, verification of customer needs / requirements, and validation of technology readiness for product application.

  2. Collect, synthesize, and apply in-depth subject matter and current research data to investigate and communicate capability, constraints, and risk associated with applying new technologies to Vermeer new product developments.

  3. Provide technical leadership for high-complexity technology investigative projects, including project management, task management, and mentoring of less-experienced engineers. May include direct reports.

Education and/or Experience

  • 4-year college degree in the field of Computer Science, Software, Mechanical, Electrical or Aerospace Engineering with a minimum of 2 years related experience.

  • Or other 2 or 4-year college degree with a minimum of 7 years related experience.

Computer Skills

  • Proficient in describing control system requirements using a variety of methods and tools, including visual modeling tools, control diagrams, schematics, C or other embedded programming languages, and/or SolidWorks.

  • Strong proficiency in scientific data analysis and use of software tools and technologies to perform analysis such as Python, Matlab, SAS/STAT, OpenMx/R.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with navigational sensors including GPS, accelerometers, magetometer, gyroscopes and fusion algorithms.

  • Familiarity with robotics and control system theory.

  • Familiarity with perception sensors including, LIDAR, Cameras, and RADAR.

  • Familiarity with data acquisition hardware and software.

  • Familiarity with Linux operating system.

  • Familiarity with system engineering processes.

  • 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.

  • Demonstration of good verbal and written communication skills.

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

  • Ability to influence others that do not report to the position to produce results.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration

PE License preferred


Up to 25% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.

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.

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.