Tracy Schrauben
Quality Manager
John Deere

“I'm passionate about manufacturing because it’s such an exciting place to work! I love seeing people come together daily for the common purpose of safely delivering high-quality products to the customer on time. Tough challenges arise regularly, and teams come together to solve them through collaboration and innovation.”

As Manufacturing Engineering Manager for John Deere’s Global Crop Harvesting Product Development Center, Tracy led the assembly and weld manufacturing engineering team for the implementation of a new combine. During this time, she pioneered the execution of smart tools and technology to improve quality and efficiency. The technology and manufacturing systems were relatively immature for John Deere and completely foreign to the Harvester Works factory. Tracy adopted a systematic, risk-based approach to spend capital in the most critical areas. Tracy’s efforts and resilience to stick with a plan not only resulted in quality improvements for her line, she laid the groundwork for horizontal deployment of mistake-proofing throughout the factory. Thanks to her leadership, the company’s combine factory is now recognized as a companywide benchmark for integrated mistake-proofing technology. 

Tracy works diligently to identify top projects for improvement and then mobilize a team to ensure success. With a strong work ethic and spirit of continuous improvement, Tracy takes the development of her team very seriously. Whether she is coaching new employees or sharing knowledge with others, Tracy is devoted to inspiring those around her to shine. As one of the original sub-committee co-chairs for John Deere’s Women in Operations (WiO) employee resource group, Tracy helped shape what the group is today. Additionally, she was the first Development Team lead for the Women’s REACH resource group at the John Deere Ottumwa Works factory. From providing women with resources for development to facilitating opportunities for mentorship, Tracy’s involvement with the WiO and other resource groups has been vital to recruiting and leadership opportunities for women across the organization. In addition to being a certified John Deere coach and active mentor, Tracy serves as a co-group mentor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). 

With a passion for improving the environment, Tracy created a factory beautification and wildlife restoration plan for vacant land near John Deere’s Ottumwa Works factory. Her care for the world around her extends to others through her involvement in volunteer activities supporting the United Way, Introduce a Girl to Engineering events, the Humane Society and her local Girl Scout troop. 

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