Analytical 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.

Analytical Engineer

The job duties for these positions are associated with the structural analysis of designs for product verification and validation and include:

  • Use of Abaqus for modal and static analyses of designs
  • Use of HyperWorks (HyperMesh and HyperView) for pre- and post-processing
  • Use of nCode to study fatigue
  • Provide design team with design recommendations
  • Write clear, detailed analysis plans, final reports and other documentation
  • Work with design engineers and test engineers to develop efficient designs
  • Work in a team environment.


  • BSME or related degree with experience required, MSME preferred
  • Strong computational and 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 using commercial FEA software such as Abaqus
  • Previous experience with HyperWorkks (HyperMesh and HyperView), nCode, Creo 2.0 (Pro/Engineer)
  • Strong understanding of finite element analysis
  • Design experience 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 designs, assembly line issues, cost reduction, and new product design.

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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