Software Test 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.

Embedded Systems Software Test Engineer

This position is associated with testing of embedded software that controls vehicle operation and functions. Testing methods include bench testing, automated software testing, and full or partial machine testing. Job responsibilities include:

  • Test planning and documentation
  • Feature by feature evaluations of vehicle functions in various environments and the test protocol required to assure compliance to operational requirements
  • Evaluation of operational parameters for electronic and physical hardware and controllers
  • Development and execution of software test plans
  • Write work orders for procurement and setup of test equipment
  • Troubleshoot test start-up and monitor issues during test execution to meet schedule
  • Monitoring of automated test stand activity as required including development of automation scripts
  • Create reports to summarize results of tests and implement and work with other development teams to iterate to acceptable validated solution


  • Bachelor's or Master's of Science degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering. Other degrees considered if relevant experience exists.
  • Experience with CAN J1939 communication protocol
  • Experience with Intrepid VSpy CAN interface tools or similar tools
  • Ability to interpret software requirements, state diagrams, and test plan documentation
  • Ability to interpret hardware schematics for wiring and electronic controllers

Desired Attributes

  • General machine knowledge of off-road equipment or machinery
  • Self-motivated, quick learner, with an any-problem-can-be-solved attitude
  • A strong mathematical and analytical problem solving skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment

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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