Mechanical Engineer

Location: Owatonna, MN

Daniel Peterson, Mechanical Engineer

 "I work at CDI because it is a fantastic environment to learn and grow while being involved in interesting and important work.  I like the work I do at CDI.  The HVAC industry is an incredibly diverse field with many avenues for personal growth.  I like the atmosphere.  CDI has a team that respects one another and strives “egolessly” towards those goals.  You should work at CDI if you like being at a place that values hard work, integrity and customer focus."

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Position Responsibilities: 

  • Develops technology in an effort to establish ‘state of the art’ in product performance, manufacturability, and customer value.
  • Applies heat transfer, fluid dynamic, acoustic and other mechanical engineering acumen for design, selection, prototyping and testing of products, components, systems, or sub systems as assigned.
  • Assumes a leadership role in facets of product design technology as assigned or as need becomes evident. 
  • Develops technology training plans and ensures that others are trained as appropriate.
  • Achieves cost reductions through alternative design practices, component and methods selection alternatives, and product simplification.
  • Works collaboratively with the Materials and Manufacturing groups to select component, supplier, and process alternatives.
  • Assumes a leadership role in technology development and product enhancement/development initiatives.


  • Working knowledge of CAD 3D model development and model manipulation/animation is beneficial.
  • Computational skills involving higher level math including calculus, algebra and trigonometry, and statistical methods including regression analysis and quality charts.
  • Working knowledge of HVAC equipment operation and design practices.
  • Ability to read prints and interpret and apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing including tolerance analysis.
  • This position demands an ability to communicate messages and technical information in both verbal and written formats.
  • Skill at effectively instructing or persuading is a regular requirement   


  • BS degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Manufacturing Engineering, or equivalent experience and demonstrated performance.
  • College level training in Materials Properties or Metallurgy, Thermodynamics, Strength of Materials, Calculus and Differential Equations, and Statistical Analysis.
  • HVAC industry training

Why Join the CDI Team?

  • Local Family Owned Company
  • Performance and wage review after 90 days of employment
  • Paid Holidays right away
  • Start accruing PTO on Day 1
  • Option to carry over up to 120 PTO hours each year
  • Safety shoe and safety glasses reimbursement with no waiting period upon hire, then annual payments going forward
  • Year-end cash bonuses available
  • Profit sharing and 401K contributions
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Short/Long Term Disability, and so much more!
  • Free Popcorn!

    Thank you for your interest in a position at Climate by Design International located in sunny, southern Minnesota!