Product Development Specialist

Information Session

Learn more about this unique partnership on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:00pm in Tama Hall on Hawkeye's Main Campus.

Get information on the product development specialist career at John Deere, an overview of the John Deere hiring process, Hawkeye's Electronics Engineering Technology program, and training requirements.

At John Deere, Product Development Specialists work in teams with engineers on a variety of challenging product development and testing assignments. They work on instrumentation, development, and testing for diesel engines, transmissions, axles, and agricultural equipment featuring advanced technology.

Students in the John Deere Product Development Specialists program will:

  • earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology

  • receive advanced electronic and mechanical training during their 500 hour internship at a manufacturing plant.

John Deere Application Process

  1. Be accepted into the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Hawkeye.

  2. Complete the application for the John Deere School to Work program.

  3. Complete John Deere's test, interview, background check, physical, and drug test process.

  4. John Deere will select qualified students for admittance into the John Deere School to Work program.


Students who complete the program have preferential hiring for full-time employment as positions are available at John Deere.

Forgivable Loan Program

If selected as a John Deere School to Work program student you may apply for the John Deere Forgivable Loan Program through the Hawkeye Foundation. The loan is used to cover up to two-thirds of your tuition and fees for your program. After you complete your program and have been employed at John Deere for three years, your loan will be forgiven.

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