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Project Engineer

Display Case

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?

Reporting to the Research and Advanced Development Manager, the Principle/Project Engineer will be the leader of the design for assigned projects. They will be a core team member and work as a liaison between the core team and engineering design team to develop a unified solution. They will help to translate the voice of the customer from Marketing/Product Management into quantifiable design requirements to ensure project and product success. They will also develop documentation (i.e. PRD’s, DFMEA’s, DVP&R’s, etc.), non-standard tests and other forms of effective communication to highlight risks and overall status of projects.


  • Be a champion in all areas of Zero Zone’s strategic vision, purpose and priorities with particular focus on Commitment to Organizational Excellence and Product Platforms.
  • Own the Theory of Operation of design and direct design engineering efforts to fulfill project requirements which fulfill the Voice of Customer (VOC). This will include associated documentation.
  • Work as a core team member of projects and act as liaison between the core team and engineering.
  • Conduct design reviews with an emphasis on DFx to ensure the best product possible.
  • Utilize best practice tools to engage in Continuous Improvement (CI) activities for both the product and the business.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What Are We Looking For?

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required of you in this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Refrigeration Engineering or 10+ years of experience in project engineering role.
  • Experience in CAD, CFD and FEA packages.
  • Experience with ASHRAE, Intertek or other Agency is preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment with a keen ability to continually identify continuous improvement opportunities throughout the organization.
  • Ability to write comprehensive reports, business correspondence, and test procedures as needed.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
  • Proficiency in any of the following computer packages; MS Word, MS Excel, CAD Packages (SolidWorks, Pro-E, or AutoCAD)
  • Working knowledge of any of the following disciplines; refrigeration, thermodynamics, economic/cost analysis, sheet metal, plastics, and fabrication, preferred.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Understanding of GD&T and statistical capability analysis.
  • Experience in translating customer requirements to technical requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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