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RFA Engineering Structural Analyst Engineer - FEA in Dubuque, Iowa

RFA Engineering ( is seeking an entry level and highly motivated candidate to be part of our engineering team in the Dubuque, Iowa area. You will work with our experienced engineering staff to deliver highly technical analysis reports for our clients using state of the art engineering tools.

Structural Analysis Engineer - FEA

The job duties for these positions associated with the structural analysis of designs for product development include:

  • Provide engineering analysis support using Ansys / Abaqus to perform modal, linear, non-linear static, dynamic analyses in the design and development of Steel structures

  • Use of HyperWorks (HyperMesh and HyperView) for pre- and post-processing

  • Use of nCode Glyphworks and DesignLife to do field data analysis and study fatigue

  • Provide design engineering team with accurate design recommendations of corrective action

  • Work with test engineers as required to develop efficient testing plans

  • Perform after-test correlation with FE models to improve analysis methodology

  • Write clear, detailed analysis plans, final reports, and other validation documentation

  • Work in a team environment.


  • MSME with 0-2 years experience or related BS Engineering degree with additional experience required

  • 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 or Ansys

  • Previous experience with HyperWorkks (HyperMesh and HyperView), nCode, Creo (Pro/Engineer)

  • Strong understanding of linear and Non-linear finite element analysis

  • Design experience or exposure to large machinery

  • Desire to work in a fast paced engineering environment focusing on robust designs, quality of product, and accuracy of results

    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

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