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Prototype Assembly Technician

by Mar 14, 2023

Ames, IA - Full Time

 Job Posting: 3/14/2023                     FLSA Status: Hourly, non-exempt 

Location: Ames, IA                              Supervisory: No

Team: Engineering                              Reports to: Mechanical Design Mgr. 

The Culture

Ag Leader was born from a passion and determination to transform agriculture forever. In 1992, Ag Leader changed the industry by bringing real-time yield data to farmers’ fingertips. Today, more than 25 years later, Ag Leader has become a global team that provides year-round solutions to help farmers plan, plant, apply, and harvest more efficiently and profitably. We are improving the lives of farmers. We are increasing the efficiency of production agriculture around the world. And we aren’t slowing down. Ready to use your talent to implement change? Join our team of innovators revolutionizing agriculture. 

The Opportunity

We are looking for a person to join our Mechanical Design Team as a Prototype Assembly Technician. The team creates, iterates, and implements innovative Ag Leader products from first concept to initial production sales orders. In this position, you will work closely with teammates to develop, build, test, and document prototype cable assemblies in support of product development. You will have the opportunity to positively affect the design and manufacturing quality of all newly developed/modified cable assemblies. These cable assemblies are then used to interface with agricultural equipment in products that improve our customers’ lives. 

The Right Person Will

  • Have strong communication skills and be able to relate to coworkers and company leadership

  • Work effectively independently and in a team

  • Contribute to an environment of continual improvement

  • Exhibit respect and seek truth in all situations

  • Take the opportunity to learn, grow, and improve as an engineering team member

  • Delight in problem-solving no matter the problem

  • Possess strong organizational skills and maintain high attention to detail

  • Give and receive constructive feedback

  • Commit to bringing their best every day


  • Fabricates prototype cable assemblies using only engineering drawings and documents.

  • Identifies errors and makes minor text-based edits/corrections to technical drawings as needed.

  • Creates detailed, well-organized, and clear cable assembly work instructions to be used by Manufacturing in the fabrication of production cables assemblies.

  • Fabricates all Manufacturing Gold Standard cable assemblies.

  • Tests and/or inspects product and workmanship to maintain quality standards.

  • Uses historical knowledge and best practices to identify and suggest improvements to increase quality and reduce overall cost.

  • Assists in cable tester test harness creation and setup in tester program.

  • Secondarily provides support to Manufacturing as workload allows.

  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • High School diploma, GED, or higher

  • 3+ years’ experience building Ag Leader cables is preferred

  • Intimate knowledge of existing Ag Leader cable assemblies preferred

  • Experience using and making changes in Agile PLM software is preferred

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Outlook

  • Ability to assemble a cable or similar assembly from an engineering drawing with no written instructions

  • Ability to identify raw materials used to complete job function

  • Ability to use manual and semi-automated hand tools (i.e. crimpers, drivers, wrenches, wire strippers,…etc)

  • Must be able to stand and/or sit or any combination of either for at least 8 hours per day with allowed periodic breaks

  • Must be able to lift and carry containers or product weighing at least 25 pounds

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