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RFA Engineering Manufacturing Engineer - Agricultural Equipment in Waterloo, Iowa

RFA Engineering ( is seeking candidates to be part of our engineering team at our customer's facility in Waterloo, IA. As a member of our team, the selected candidates will work with our engineering staff and our customer's staff to support the production of highly engineered John Deere agricultural equipment, 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 Description

  • Develop machining processes for new and existing parts

  • Develop CNC machining programs using CAM Software

  • Support projects that introduce new CNC equipment into the factory from planning through beginning production

  • Support, plan and implement CNC processes for product development

  • Develop complex NC machining processes

  • Work with maintenance production and engineering to communicate and resolve issues

  • Support order fulfillment in troubleshooting daily issues

  • Develop and implement new NC machining processes and perishable tooling improvements

  • Innovate and implement processes for cost reduction, quality and safety improvements

  • Develop and test new processes and technologies through creating a plan and executing

  • Develop and maintain the NC groups archival and documentation resources


  • Bachelor?s degree in Ag Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing or related technical degree or equivalent working experience.

  • SAP background is a plus.

  • Understand principles of manufacturing tooling, tool design and quality.

  • Understanding of GD and T, product modeling and print interpretation.

  • Proficient with 3D CAD and CAM software (TDM, FeatureCAM, Pro/NC and/or Vericut) or equivalent

  • Proficient with NC Programming

  • Proficient with Lathes and Machining Centers in the areas of steel or iron machining

  • In-depth understanding of tooling and tooling systems

  • Good computer and office software skills

  • Experience with in-process gauging

  • Experience with multi-axis machining

    Desired Skills, Knowledge & Relevant Work Experience

  • Excellent communication skills

  • High attention to detail

  • Motivation and Initiative

  • Background in Robotic/Automation

Why work for RFA?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 in 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