Otter Tail Corporation Manufacturing Engineer in Clearwater, Minnesota

The individual best suited for this role will have previous experience successfully leading a variety of Kaizen activities as well as capital projects. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a proven track record for effective project management skills for delivering projects on time and within budget. Another crucial skill for this position would be having formal training and advanced knowledge of Lean methodologies and Operational Excellence. A thorough knowledge of CAD software packages using SolidWorks, ProEngineer or Autodesk Inventor. A 6 Sigma Green Belt would be a plus.


  • High energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and a drive to succeed

  • Demonstrated results leading change, optimizing processes and implementing new program

  • Formal training and advanced knowledge of Lean methodologies, and Operational Excellence

  • Evidence of ongoing training as required to keep skills current and relevant

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities

  • Ability to effectively manage large amounts of data, draw informed fact based conclusions, and make timely decisions

  • Proficient with CAD drawing using either, SolidWorks, ProEngineer, or Autodesk Inventor

  • Ability to manage complex programs and use structured problem solving methodologies

  • Ability to effectively manage, develop, and deliver results with a diverse matrixed team

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience working with cross functional teams and communicating with individuals from the production floor to the executive level

  • Strong negotiation and persuasion skills

  • Advanced Microsoft Office and other computer application skills

  • Experience working with ERP systems

Successful candidates will possess effective project management skills with a proven track record of delivering projects on time and within budget; the ability to understand and apply Lean analytical and statistical tools; and excellent problem solving, interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills

Work Environment:

The Manufacturing Engineer position requires a balance of sitting/office work and walking/standing on the production floor and warehouse. The position requires a balance of hands on work and office work. The production environment at times can be hot, loud, and demanding. Safety glasses, hearing protection, and certain clothing restrictions are required on the production floor. The production floor and warehouses require mobility and are a fast-moving environment.


To be considered for this position, candidates must upload a current resume and must be eligible to work in the US.

QualificationsRequired years: Direct involvement and leadership in Lean manufacturing/Continuous Improvement environment years: Experience in a related manufacturing environment using automated equipmentPreferredPrevious thermoforming experiencePrevious experience in two or more of the following roles: Manufacturing Engineer, Process Engineer, Quality Engineer, or similar roles with significant equipment and machine experience22Licenses & CertificationsRequiredPreferredSix Sigma