Kelly Services Test Engineer in Ankeny, Iowa

Every day, Kelly Services connects professionals with opportunities to advance their careers. We currently have an exciting long term 3 year contract opportunity as a Test Engineer for a top fortune 500 company in Ankeny, IA.

Title: Test Engineer

Duration: 3 years

Location: Ankeny, IA

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contract Engineering opportunity in the Cotton Harvesting Product Verification and Validation (PV&V) Group.

  • This position is for a test engineer to support the verification of the function of parts and systems used on cotton harvesting equipment.

  • Some but not all of the key tasks will include:

  • Using data acquisition equipment to measure hydraulic and air system flows and pressures, temperatures throughout the machine, mechanical stresses in structures, and to gather CAN bus information.

  • Design, development, execution, analysis, and reporting of various lab and field tests.

  • Report test results in V2Net in a timely and clear manner; help in the definition and execution of any follow up testing.


  • 1-2 years’ experience with data acquisition and test.

  • Strong technical report writing skills.

  • A working knowledge of mechanical, hydraulic, and powertrain systems including structural analysis.

  • A strong knowledge of engineering theory and principles.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with other disciplines to understand complex systems and to conduct tests that evaluate the potential capability of these systems to function properly.

  • Ability to process large amounts of technical information, summarize the data, and clearly present that information to drive review and resolution of test plan activities in a timely manner.

  • Experience in working in a team environment and soliciting cooperation when needed.

  • SOME TRAVEL IS REQUIRED. Up to 25% travel required. Flexibility and ability to adapt regarding hours/travel/priorities.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Design experience with the design, development and/or test of mobile equipment, preferably agricultural harvesting equipment.

  • Knowledge of the safe operation and maintenance of agricultural equipment.

  • Knowledge of mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical/electronically controlled components and systems.

  • Working knowledge of EDAQs or similar data acquisition tools.

  • Expert knowledge of data collection and analysis with nCode.

  • Ability to define and design test fixtures.

  • 3-5 years practical experience in the design, development, or testing of electronically controlled engines, powertrains and hydraulic systems.

  • Expert knowledge of structural test and analysis, including the use of stress testing and/or ADV testing to evaluated the life of structural members.

  • A working knowledge of the CAN bus and how to extract information from it.

  • A working knowledge of advanced electronic systems used in agriculture for monitoring and tracking the harvest and post-harvest processing of product.

  • A working knowledge of the EETS system used for field test problem tracking.

  • A basic understanding of reliability and statistics.


  • 4-year B.S. degree in engineering or technology, or equivalent experience.

Important information: This position is recruited for by a remote Kelly office, not your local Kelly branch. Applicants must be legally permitted to work in the United States. Please contact Michelle Niemira ( ) for immediate consideration.

Why Kelly?

  • As a Kelly Services employee, you will have access to numerous perks, including:

  • Exposure to a variety of career opportunities as a result of our expansive network of client companies

  • A competitive hourly pay rate with weekly checks

  • Access to newly expanded Medical Plan options

  • Online continuing education via the Kelly Learning Center

  • Several employee discounts

  • And more!

Why Kelly ® ?

Kelly puts you in charge of your career, with access to cutting edge projects and technologies in industry leading organizations. Top companies throughout the world have trusted Kelly as a premier source of engineering talent and services since 1965. And engineering job seekers know Kelly as a firm with an unmatched reputation for quality, integrity and professionalism. Whether you seek the variety and flexibility of working on short term project engagements, or prefer contract-to-hire or direct hire placement with our clients, apply with Kelly to explore opportunities that suit your specific professional interests.

AboutKelly Services ®

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