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Position Summary:
This employee principally tests, modifies, and repairs prototype equipment in the Product Proving Department. He or she will also be cross-trained to weld, machine, and assemble components. The employee also performs other duties as assigned.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Operate Ditch Witch® equipment in field-test conditions.
  • Document and report test information to engineers and designers.
  • Modify and repair equipment. This includes working on mechanical, electric, and hydraulic systems using power and hand tools (hoists, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.).
  • Eventually be cross-trained to perform other departmental duties, including welding, machining, and assembly.
  • Work independently some of the time, with limited supervision.
  • Meet or exceed typical expectations for production, quality, and safety.
  • Have a good attitude and work well in a team setting.


Work Environment:

  • Working outdoors (at test fields or construction sites, in all kinds of weather conditions).
  • Manufacturing plant conditions (indoors, with variable temperature and humidity, noise, and dirt).
  • Temperature extremes, both hot and cold.
  • Use of personal protective equipment as specified in the Safety Policy, plus specific departmental requirements as needed (respirator, hard hat, electric insulating gloves/boots, etc.).
  • Physical hazards such as powered vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic, sharp objects, moving machinery, electrical arc-welding equipment, and materials handling.
  • Working with hazardous materials, including gasoline, diesel, solvents, oils, grease, and pressurized gases and fluids.
  • Variable duties, work loads, and priorities. Changes often happen with little advance notice.
  • Workdays of up to 14 hours, and work on different shifts and weekends as necessary.
  • A high level of teamwork and cooperation with supervisors, engineers, designers, and co-workers.
  • Occasional overnight travel.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Have experience operating heavy mobile agricultural or construction equipment, along with the ability to learn to operate tractor trenchers, pedestrian trenchers, boring equipment, etc.
  • Have an appropriate background in mechanical work and equipment operation, preferably including experience troubleshooting and repairing mechanical, electric, and hydraulic systems on heavy equipment.
  • Demonstrate appropriate reading, clerical, and basic math skills.
  • Be able to regularly handle items weighing up to 25 pounds, and occasionally handle items weighing in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Have a good work record including attendance, safety, teamwork, performance, and behavior.
  • Be able to obtain a C.D.L.