Harper Industries was founded in 1998 by the staff ownership group, purchasing the assets of DewEze Manufacturing from the publicly held Owosso Corporation. Its products assist customers in the areas of ag, turf and mobile hydraulics. Harper’s sales have increased by an average of more than ten percent since the inception of Harper - total sales for Harper will exceed $24M in 2014. For more specifics on Harper’s products, visit www.harperindustries.com. Harper’s products are seen as the preferred products in the various markets they serve.

In addition, Harper Industries contract manufactures products under the Horsch name. Horsch is a German seeding and tillage company and Harper maintains a share of ownership of Horsch activities in North America.

Job Title

Ag Product Engineer

Overview of Position

The purpose of this job is to manage the design and development of ag products such as bale beds, bale slicers, and cake feeders. This role will be responsible for developing, executing, and documenting of new product development processes and current product maintenance for existing ag products. This role will have responsibility for current and new product engineering deliverables including performance, reliability, quality, cost, weight, and serviceability targets. This role will report to the Vice President of Engineering.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from a 4-year accredited university or a 2-year technical degree is preferred

  • Proficiency using Microsoft programs such as Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word are required

  • Proficiency using data acquisition systems (EDaq, SOMAT, etc.) is preferred

Required Experience:

  • Strong leadership ability and good communication skills

  • Ability to work with diverse people in an engineering team

  • Ability to work in a team setting, as well as individually and demonstrate a positive attitude

  • Good mechanical aptitude with ability to develop product validation concepts

  • Ability to work flexibly in a dynamic environment

  • Understanding of CAD (computer aided drafting) software

Desired Experience:

  • Direct experience with ag equipment or other off-highway products

  • Knowledge of hydraulic power systems and components

  • 2 years in engineering assignments to gain a mastery of complex engineering concepts.

Special Job Dimensions:

  • Direct experience with managing engineering projects

  • Familiarity with new product development for off-highway equipment

  • Connections and relationships with several prototype suppliers

Special Job Dimensions:

  • Travel may be required on an as-needed basis. Less than 20% expected
General Job Responsibilities

Summary of Duties:

  • Uses technical expertise and product knowledge/experience to design solutions to meet corporate product development strategy

  • Analysis of mechanical systems using Finite Element Analysis (FEA), structural analysis, fatigue, etc. for improving product development practices

  • Analysis and specification of hydraulic, electro-mechanical, and electro-hydraulic systems.

  • Strong knowledge of steel weldments and general machining practices and equipment

  • Development of accurate drawings for communicating design intent to different cross functional groups including manufacturing, purchasing, and outside vendors

  • Work closely with the product management team and sales team for defining new product specifications and designing new products.

  • Work with prototype technicians to construct prototype designs

  • Interface with service department for solving issues seen by customers in the field

  • Understanding of manufacturing practices to develop products for ease of manufacturing

  • Use of CAD (computer aided drafting) for solution development

  • Responsible to stay abreast of latest technological advancements to allow for development of innovative product designs to gain competitive market advantages for Harper

  • Potential to travel to customer job sites, and field test locations related to the development of engineering projects and problem resolution

Position open: Immediately

Beginning Salary: Based on experience

Bonus: -

Application Instructions

For additional information or to apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, 3-5 references the following email: careers@harperindustries.com