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Manufacturing Engineer

Refrigeration Systems

Who Are We?

Have you ever gone into a grocery store or convenience store for things like milk, bagged salads, or frozen pizza? The coolers and freezers you find those and other food products in are what we do!! Zero Zone is a manufacturer of reach-in and open refrigerated and frozen food display cases as well as the refrigeration systems that work behind the scenes to cool the cases, keeping the food fresh! We also make powerful industrial refrigeration systems for food warehousing, pharmaceuticals, and even ice rinks!

Our company is structured across 2 divisions – the Display Case Division, located in North Prairie, WI, Waukesha, WI, and Mukwonago, WI and the Refrigeration Systems Division, located in Ramsey, MN and Dyersville, IA.

What Are We Like?

At Zero Zone, you will be a valued member of the Zero Zone team, able to take ownership of your own career path. We believe in hard work, teamwork, collaboration, and respect, and we have grown through dedication to our Purpose: “Preserving customer valuables through refrigeration.” For over 60 years, we have been a leader in refrigeration, and our people are well known for exceptional customer service. We also believe we are the COOLEST coworkers (pun intended)! This is an opportunity for you to make a difference in the refrigeration industry with one of the top leading manufacturers in the country! Come grow with us!!

What Can We Offer You?

  • Vacation and Personal Hours (after only 30 days!)
  • Competitive Wages
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, STD, LTD, AD&D, HSA/FSA, EAP)
  • 401k and Profit Sharing
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Casual Dress Code
  • Wellness Programs and Incentives
  • Steel Toe Reimbursement
  • Employee Engagement Programs
  • One-time Home Computer Reimbursement
  • And more!

What Will You Do?

The Manufacturing Engineer will utilize a variety of skills and knowledge to assist the Leadership team in developing, maintaining, and improving production processes and methods to meet customer specifications and increase productivity. They will apply their knowledge of product design, lean manufacturing, assembly and test methods, as well as quality control standards to ensure production objectives occur through positive interpersonal skills.

NOTE: This position does not qualify for visa sponsorship.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Analyze work force utilization plans, space requirements, workflow, and design layout of production process and workspace for maximum efficiency
  • Formalize all available product knowledge and information to provide production with effective processes, documentation, work instructions and quality control plans
  • Study sequence of operations to be performed and flow of materials
  • Provide revisions to product structure routings, manage creation of templates and analyze accuracy of standard production labor hours
  • Maintain quality control check points and continuous improvement program to decrease re-work and errors
  • Project owner for new product introduction transfers to Manufacturing and ongoing change requests
  • Technical support resource for ongoing/day-to-day manufacturing operations and continuous improvement programs
  • Support new product estimators throughout the quoting process to establish labor, equipment, tooling, and outside services cost estimates
  • Confer with Production and Engineering concerning product design to ensure efficient production methods
  • Estimate production times and related costs to provide information for management decisions
  • Participate in job reviews with production personnel
  • Employ lean manufacturing tools and methods in execution of responsibilities and provide leadership by utilizing a lean approach to continuous improvement
  • Assist the EHS Engineer in safety programs and audits


  • Minimum 2-year degree in Industrial Engineering, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Degree, Industrial Manufacturing or equivalent
  • Knowledge of quality at the source techniques, root cause analysis, corrective action, continuous improvement, 5S, and Lean manufacturing
  • Proficient in CAD/SolidWorks
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, team-oriented approach and ability to establish rapport and trust quickly
  • A desire to learn and grow your career opportunities
  • Accountability and resourcefulness
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Occasional travel maybe required
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skill


  • Great project management, ability to plan and organize, set priorities, and manage multiple projects
  • A strong propensity for being hands-on and work closely with factory production personnel.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Effectively communicate with coworkers on projects


  • Maintain a positive work atmosphere, Zero Zone expects all employees to behave and communicate in a manner which will facilitate good relationship with customers, clients, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of the job.
  • Come to work fit for duty and able to conduct job responsibilities in a safe manor.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work performed includes:

  • Regularly required to talk or hear, stand, and walk.
  • Continuously required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 45 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Safety shoes required and safety glasses required.
  • Must be willing to work additional hours if needed.

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