Andrew J. Thielen, P.E.
Mechanical Engineer -- HVAC/Plumbing Specialist
VCard | Curriculum Vitae
An accomplished mechanical engineer, Andy Thielen incorporates nearly 30 years of experience in designing HVAC, plumbing and other mechanical systems. As part of the Crane Engineering Building Science team, he provides expert consultation to clients in the construction industry on all mechanical systems, including HVAC and plumbing systems. Andy performs root cause failure analysis, HVAC and plumbing system design, and building recommissioning for contractors and building owners.
Andy has designed industrial HVAC and piping systems for leading manufacturers in the chemical, food, beverage, and medical device industries. In addition to excellent project management skills, he brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the company given his most recent role as owner of an engineering firm, specializing in redesigning mechanical systems for energy efficiency and reliability. His prior employment includes administration of mechanical and commercial energy codes for the state of Minnesota and at private engineering firms, various project management and engineering roles and has been named a special inspector by various municipalities in Minnesota.
A licensed professional engineer, Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Dakota. He has served as an adjunct professor in the Industrial Engineering department at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He has also developed extensive continuing-education materials on building code requirements and HVAC and plumbing issues for trade audiences and is a certified plumbing instructor in the state of Minnesota.
Andy is a registered professional engineer in Alabama, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Texas. He is a member of the Minnesota chapter of IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials). He was the primary editor on the Minnesota Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Commercial Energy Codes, in place from 2008-2014.