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Otter Tail Corporation Product & Tooling Design Engineer - Minnesota in Clearwater, Minnesota


Company Overview:

Experience matters. Since 1948, T.O. Plastics has manufactured quality custom thermoformed parts and packaging and provided exceptional service to customers around the world. One of the top 100 thermoforming companies in North America, T.O. Plastics delivers value by focusing on customer needs and by offering a full range of services from design-to-distribution. At T.O. Plastics, we are dedicated to excellence and we leverage our experience and core competency to develop customized, cost-effective solutions for businesses in diverse markets. T.O. Plastics has facilities in both Clearwater and Otsego, Minnesota.

It is our Mission to “delight and serve our customers with innovative thermoform solutions”.

Position Summary:

The position of Product Design Engineer is to coordinate the efforts of Sales, Customers, Prototype, Quality Control and Estimation, Purchasing Materials and Production to assure products have the necessary documentation in the form of print specifications to assure quoting, part number structure, tooling and processes to produce products that will meet customer specifications and maintain print files to assure repeatability following all ISO SOP’s in production.

Safety is # 1 at T.O. Plastics: Our expectation is that upper management:

  • Strictly follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods.

  • Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions.

  • Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

  • Make regular suggestions in our “Suggestion Box” to be documented and implemented for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety, and

  • Actively participates in a safety process or projects such as the safety committee, safety inspections, and the implementation of good safety practices.

Essential Functions:

  • Generate product designs to meet customer needs primarily within our Horticulture value stream.

  • Develop thermoforming tool designs in support of our product designs. These designs include forming molds and trim tooling

  • Establish tooling and manufacturing process to full utilization of equipment and efficient set up of products to ensure we are operating at optimum efficiency.

  • Drive continuous improvement within the thermoforming operation with a focus on tool designs and tooling optimization to support new and existing designs.

  • Utilize available technologies to enhance the design, build and optimization of tooling in the thermoforming operations.

  • Work with Quality, Manufacturing, and other design teams to ensure initial project prints are constructed and approved for production.

  • Project Management to ensure timely completion of projects and programs

  • Be the primary technical interface to the customer through the design and development phase of programs

  • Act as the subject matter expert on Design for Manufacturability for customers to ensure long term sustainability in manufacturing.

  • Management reporting for new product schedules and feasibility analysis

  • Work closely with inside resources to ensure project specifications meet timelines.

  • Assist Prototype and Quality Control to assure prototype model testing to validate designs.

  • Aid in providing support for product risk/return and failure analysis

  • Work with internal departments to support regulatory, ordering, inspection, manufacture and promotion of new products and product modifications.

  • Support all ISO documentation and procedures to ensure compliance.

  • Provide engineering support to other departments as required (i.e. Marketing, QA/QC, Regulatory, etc.).

  • Team member of the Material Review Board and responsible for related decisions and explanations of current parts to print levels

  • Team member for analysis on any product return and supporting documentation required.


  • Minimum of B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent preferred.

  • S. in Mechanical Engineering desirable

  • Solid Works proficiency required.

  • CNC programming skills in MasterCam a plus

  • Experience with Thermoforming /Tooling for In-Line, Rotary and Single Station.

  • Experience in an ISO environment

  • Experience in Medical Packaging and Clean Room Environments

  • Must be knowledgeable in standard engineering drawing practices

  • Knowledge of precision machining a plus

  • Knowledge of SolidWorks

  • Knowledge of CadKey and MasterCam a plus

  • Basic computer knowledge with MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Etc.)

  • Experience in management reporting – timeline implementation

  • Planning and prioritizing skills relating to long and short-range goals.

  • Ability to coordinate several projects at once

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Ability to communicate and coordinate efforts cross- functionally

  • Ability to be assertive and control engineering processes.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to work effectively as the leader in a group environment that fosters cooperation between its members

  • Must be able to present in a professional manner Engineering requirements to internal and external customers

  • Must be able to coordinate functions with various departments and outside vendors

  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment and facilitate positive interpersonal relations with co-workers.

  • Math skills derived with the educational background listed above will fulfil the requirements for math required to perform this function. As a degreed Engineer, mathematics is an integral part of the Engineering function and is required to perform the requirements of this position.

  • Engineering has to interpret customer expectations and use reasoning to determine acceptable procedures, specifications to assure quality levels can be attained, and systems have the necessary information to be effective. Working in conjunction with other functions common sense and reasoning play an integral role in this function. This function must be able to communicate and use reasoning to assure smooth operations and customer satisfaction. Interrelationship with all function members is essential and the use of good common sense in the application of new product specifications and assurance of compliance are essential to assure organizational goals are attained.


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.

  • Office environment where noise levels meet standards and are conducive for performing the outlined tasks

  • On production floor- will require the use of safety protection as directed by area.

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.

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk or hear. Handling of parts will require lifting under fifty pounds.

Eye sight correctable to 20/20, must not be colorblind.