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RFA Engineering Automation R&D Engineer in Dubuque, Iowa

RFA Engineering ( is seeking an experienced candidate to be part of our engineering team in the Dubuque, Iowa area. You will work with our engineering staff to provide highly engineered autonomous solutions for our clients 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.

Automation R&D Engineer

This position is associated with the design and development of technology systems for next generation autonomous equipment. The engineer will be working with multiple divisions and engineering teams to drive concepts from prototype to production. Job responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with multiple business units to design and deliver demonstrated technology based systems to the Product Delivery Process

  • Develop existing technology into new A2A solutions

  • Exhibit project leadership, strong communication and teamwork skills within team environment

  • Breakdown projects into meaningful milestones and execute projects to schedule

  • Apply knowledge of company products, policies and practices to deliver technology solutions in a profitable way

  • Analyze assignments and determine engineering specifications which must be fulfilled to deliver technology solutions that meet customer application requirements

  • Document the design solution requirements for building of prototypes for proof of concept

  • Develop and/or execute test or analysis plan for proof of concept and product verification and validation

  • Collaborate and communicate with team members on system design concepts, status and decision making


  • Master's of Science degree in Computer Science, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering

  • 3+ years experience with controls and software

  • Prior use of Design Systems Modeling and 3D Multibody Dynamics

  • Experience of IMU, computer vision, radar, and Lidar

  • Experience with CAN J1939 communication protocol

  • Experience with Matlab / Simulink toolset and deep learning algorithm

  • Ability to generate state diagrams, block diagrams, and flowcharts

  • Experience with digital signal processing and analysis

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

    Desired Attributes

  • General machine knowledge of industrial equipment or machinery

  • Experience with C/C++ programming language

  • Understanding of vehcile systems (Engine, Hydraulics, etc.)

  • Hydraulics systems experience

  • Experience with dynamic systems modeling

    Why work for RFA? About RFA EngineeringRFA 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 InsuranceSupplemental Vision InsuranceCompany Paid Life InsuranceCompany Paid Long-Term DisabilityShort-term DisabilityRetirement Savings Account (Traditional 401k & Roth 401k)Flexible Spending Plans for Medical Expenses and Dependent CareExtra Time BonusesPaid Time Off (PTO)Holiday PayBereavement LeaveEmployee Assistance Programs (EAP)Education Assistance

    Equal Opportunity and Veteran Friendly