Design Engineer - Hydraulic Systems - Cotton Harvesting

Location: Ankeny, IA

Department: Iowa

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

RFA Engineering ( is seeking growth oriented experienced candidates to be part of our engineering team in the Ankeny, Iowa. You will work to provide highly engineered designs for our client using state of the art engineering tools.

This is a full time position with a full benefit package listed below, that is indefinite in duration with the opportunity of professional growth, direct hire by our customer, and additional opportunities within our own organization. 

Job Duties

  • Hydraulic component and system design for a split of current product improvements and new product development.
  • Warranty resolution for hydraulic system related issues.
  • Work with manufacturing, product verification and validation, and suppliers to develop efficient and cost effective designs.
  • Production line support for hydraulics related issues.
  • Generate and Understand Hydraulic Schematics.
  • Use of Creo for modeling of hoses, tubes, and components, preferred.
  • Creation and support of 2D drawings and specification documentation.
  • Perform quality, routing, and assembly checks on system design.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Agricultural Engineering or related degree.
  • 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 Creo
  • Experience with EPDM, Windchill, or PDMLink.
  • Experience with Hydraulic System Design or hydraulic systems exposure with use of hydraulic components (cylinders, electrohydraulic valves, orifices) in designs.

Why work for RFA?

About RFA Engineering
RFA Engineering has provided machine design and engineering services to industry leading customers since 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 both at our Engineering Center near Minneapolis, 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)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Education Assistance

Equal Opportunity and Veteran Friendly

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