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Vermeer Corporation Paint Engineer 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 Paint Engineer develops, maintains, and improves the integrity of all painting processes to ensure safety, quality, delivery, manufacturing flexibility, and operating costs are continually improved.

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. Identify and develop new technologies and process design changes that improve coating performance, quality, production efficiency, and enhance safety/ergonomics.

  3. Utilize process FMEA/hazard study methodology to document risks, appropriate controls, actions taken, and lessons learned to eliminate or minimize risks and improve capability of new and existing processes.

  4. Ensure painting & coating operations are in compliance with applicable state, federal, and international regulatory requirements. Maintain air emissions and chemical-usage record keeping, tracking, and reporting.

  5. Manage projects to include initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work either individually or with a team of stakeholders (internal and/or external resources/partners) to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria within a specified timeframe.

  6. Train and assist managers and operators in methods, operation, set up, and maintenance of new and existing equipment and processes to ensure performance is to prescribed standards.

  7. Provide a link between manufacturing operations and new product engineering on product launches to ensure safety, ergonomic, compliance, paint quality, durability, and performance expectations are achieved.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology or Mechanical/Industrial Engineering.

  • Minimum of 4 years' engineering experience in the manufacturing industry.

  • Minimum of 3 years' experience working with liquid and powder coating processes and equipment as well as lean manufacturing and/or paint system design experience is preferred.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to sponsor and lead annual gross margin events and meet standard for improving gross margin.

  • Ability to provide cost efficient alternative construction techniques, improve production methods and cycle times using effort rated time studies.

  • Ability to generate and complete engineering enhancement changes to ease manufacturing and assembly.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and coordinate projects through multiple segments including, but not limited to, service, engineering, welding, assembly and machine shop.

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

  • Ability to operate shop equipment.

  • Ability to recognize and correct ergonomic and safety issues.

  • Demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of assembly and welding techniques, Just-In-Time manufacturing processes, and statistical process variation. Ability to read and understand mechanical, electrical and hydraulic drawings.

  • Ability to understand problems from a customer's perception and produce a mutually acceptable result leading to a reduction in quality-related customer complaints and/or issues.

  • Ability to understand internal/external customer needs.


Up to 5% 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. 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.