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RFA Engineering Mechanical Engineer - Validation of Off-Highway Equipment in Eden Praire, Minnesota

RFA Engineering (www.rfamec.com) is seeking a growth oriented Validation (R&D) Engineer that wants to join our clients team at their facility in Sioux Falls, SD. The selected candidate will build and validate innovative off-highway equipment from conceptual ideas through testing evaluations for rapid product development. The candidate will also work to ensure new designs meet the needs of manufacturing, sales, dealers, and end-users for all of our clients products.

This is a full time position with an opportunity for direct hire by our customer.

Job Description

  • Manage detailed conclusions from accelerated product development testing outcomes and suggest improvements as needed.

  • Plan, coordinate, conduct, and oversee full machine evaluations and field test activities.

  • Responsible for completing documentation through all phases of planning, execution, and reporting to engineering.

  • Designs and directs engineering and technical personnel in fabrication of testing and test control apparatus and equipment.

  • Manage multiple aspects of new products and project enhancement goals with a sharp focus for reliability, durability endurance testing for product performance, innovation development time and project and process improvements and consistently communicate results to the leadership team.

  • Verify design inputs correlate to design intent within the constraints of cost, materials, and manufacturing capabilities.

  • Directs and exercises control over operational, functional, and performance phases of tests.

  • Work closely with Materials and Manufacturing departments to reduce fabrication and assembly errors, improve communication on key components and evaluate and suggest improvements to the production manufacturing process.

  • Become proficient in the safe operation and maintenance of machinery to aid in design reviews, tests, evaluations, and trouble shooting.

  • May use data acquisition equipment to measure hydraulic and pressures, temperatures throughout the machine, mechanical stresses in structures, and to gather CAN bus information.

  • Report test results in a timely and clear manner; help in the definition and execution of any follow up testing.

  • Accountable for scheduling of work performed in the testing facility and for R&D project build completions, and direct the work of the Testing area team members with supervisor responsibilities.


  • B.S. Mechanical or Agricultural Engineering.

  • 7+ years of machine design and validation experience required.

  • Focus on complete machine fabrication and assembly product validation, techniques and procedures.

  • Data acquisition experience for structural and hydraulic equipment, with test report process documentation.

  • Ability to work with others in a professional manner while unsupervised.

  • Strong technical report writing skills.

  • A working knowledge of mechanical, hydraulic, and powertrain systems.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Experience in working in a team environment and soliciting cooperation when needed.

  • Ability to assemble design prototypes, implement design changes, and facilitate issue resolution within described timeframes.

Why work for RFA?About RFA EngineeringRFA 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)

  • Holiday Pay

  • Bereavement Leave

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

  • Education Assistance

Equal Opportunity and Veteran Friendly