Vehicle HVAC Engineer

Location: Dubuque, IA

Department: Iowa

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

RFA Engineering ( is seeking several growth oriented entry level to experienced candidates to be part of our engineering team in the Dubuque, Iowa area. You will work with our experienced engineering staff to provide highly engineered designs for our clients using state of the art engineering tools.

Vehicle HVAC Engineer

The job duties for these positions are associated with custom HVAC component and systems design for next generation off-road mobile equipment and include: 

  • Concept and develop mechanical HVAC components and systems
  • Communication with suppliers and customers on product selection and integration
  • Use of Creo 2.0 and Windchill to support 3-D Modeling of components, sheet metal and possibly hydraulic or electrical routings
  • Creation and support of 2D drawings and specification documentation
  • Work with manufacturing, product verification and validation, and suppliers to develop efficient and cost effective designs based on CFD and physical testing results
  • Compile and furnish necessary information (engineering decisions and reports of pertinent design analyses data) to document the design solution required for building of prototypes and adoption of the design with possible involvement of other functional engineers.
  • Support prototype builds with developed components


  • BSME, or Mechanical Design or related degree with experience
  • 2-5 years HVAC design experience with industrial, commercial, or vehicle systems
  • Strong mechanical aptitude demonstrated through work experience or hobbies
  • Excellent communication both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment

Desired Attributes 

  • Experience in 3-D Modeling Software; Creo 2.0 (Pro/Engineer) experience (Proficient)
  • Previous experience with Windchill or PDMLink
  • Strong understanding of GD&T
  • Design experience and /or exposure to off-road mobile equipment
  • Ability to address quality issues, determine root cause and drive to a corrective action
  • Desire to work in an engineering environment focusing on robust & cost effective designs

Why work for RFA?

About RFA Engineering
RFA Engineering has provided machine design and engineering services to industry leading customers dating back to 1943. Our primary focus is project based product development of off highway equipment including agricultural, construction, mining, recreational, industrial, and special machines.  Our work includes concept development, product design, documentation, problem-solving, simulation, optimization, and testing of components, systems and complete machines. Our engineering staff is located at our Engineering Center in Minneapolis, MN, Satellite office in Dubuque, IA, and at numerous customer sites throughout the U.S.

We Offer Competitive Benefits:

  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Supplemental Vision Insurance
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Company Paid Long-Term Disability
  • Short-term Disability
  • Retirement Savings Account (Traditional 401k & Roth 401k)
  • Flexible Spending Plans for Medical Expenses and Dependent Care
  • Extra Time Bonuses
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Holiday Pay
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Education Assistance

Equal Opportunity and Veteran Friendly


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