Field Test Technician – Autonomous Tractors

  • Iowa

Sage Ag Inc

We are currently seeking Field Test Technicianto join our team in Urbandale, IA (About 10 miles west of Des Moines). However, you will spend most of your time (approximately 70-80% traveling nationwide) so you can call home anywhere! In this position, you will be working with a major agricultural machinery manufacturer in an experimental field test environment monitoring the operations of autonomous tractors performing tillage work. You will be working independently and as a team with engineers and technicians on the cutting edge of agricultural machinery technology. As a Field Test Technician, you will help develop, support, and maintain the next generation of smart farm machines and play a key role in enabling further product development by supporting the test activities of proprietary equipment and/or software programs.

We offer a competitive salary based on experience ($55,000 – $65,000 per year), medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401K with company match, paid time off, bonuses, and all paid travel expenses.

What you will be doing:

• Ensuring a highly automated machine is operational and operating in a safe manner within imposed
• Independent and autonomous worker willing that can be a critical thinker and have strong risk
assessment abilities.
• Responsible for communication with test cooperators (farmers) while ensuring their satisfaction with
the job being done.
• Responsible for set-up of the highly automated vehicle – such as Recording field boundaries and making
path plans.
• Understand and perform basic script and command prompt execution.
• Professional communication skills
• Troubleshooting equipment, debugging, defect reporting.
• Technically capable of updating display and vehicle controller software.
• Gathering critical machine CAN information, crop condition, and test data
• Gathering imaging data and uploading data to software engineers
• Performing frequent software updates to autonomous vehicles and imaging equipment
• Responsible for executing and/or coordinating the maintenance and repair of large ag equipment

What we are looking for:
• Minimum of 250 hours of agricultural machinery operation
• Minimum GPA of 2.5 in an Ag major; preferably AST or Ag Engineering, or related major with equivalent
production Ag experience
• Mechanically inclined
• Strong knowledge of precision agriculture equipment
• Strong technology and computer troubleshooting skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Willing to travel for six weeks or more at a time
• Valid U.S. Driver s License w/ clean driving record
• Out-going and positive attitude
• Proficient with Microsoft Office
• Ability to work in a team environment & alone
• Ability to work long hours, some night operation will be necessary
• Ability to keep accurate & detailed records of work performed


Job Duration: Full Time
Location: Urbandale, IA – Traveling throughout the US
Compensation: $55,000-65,000 yearly (DOE), All travel expenses paid by Sage Ag Inc.
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, PTO, 401k with company match, company vehicle provided.
Kassi Dunlap

Job Category: Agricultural Technology Agriculture Autonomous Vehicles

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Urbandale. Date posted: 05/27/2024

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