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Controls Engineering Technologist- 1st Shift 1

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Date: Jan 25, 2019

Location: Ashland City, TN, US, 37015

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Primary Function

Controls Engineering Technologists design and implement control systems on capital projects, modify existing control systems for continuous improvement projects, and support manufacturing. Projects are assigned by the Controls Engineering Manager and are both group-based as well as individual.  This position requires individuals to lead by example, design and modify electrical schematics, develop PLC and HMI code, install new electrical components, and troubleshoot existing equipment. 


  • Supports Manufacturing Engineering department on projects as directed by Controls Engineering Manager. 
  • Provides technical assistance and resolution when controls or engineering problems are encountered.
  • Manages, designs, and implements both capital and improvements projects from beginning to end.
  • Provides technical support to existing equipment as well as new equipment purchases and installs.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvements and implements solutions while standardizing and documenting the solutions.
  • Optimize PLC Logic to lead to increase production and/or reliability.
  • Develops upgrade plans for obsolescent equipment controls.
  • Improves existing control equipment to become more reliable and production/maintenance friendly.
  • Supports program modifications for a centralized data collection system.
  • Benchmarks and implements new technology in partnership with key stakeholders.
  • Selects the controls equipment in order to complete system design and support system development.
  • Communicates frequently with internal and external stakeholders regarding various issues.


  • Preferred Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Related Field
  • Electrical control system design experience, preferably using AutoCAD Electrical
  • Experience programming Allen-Bradley PLC, GuardLogix, HMIs, and Motion Controls
  • Knowledge of Functional Safety Circuits and Safety Standards
  • Strong problem-solving and proven project management ability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to create technical documentation
  • Wise decision-making working independently, within a team, or leading a team
  • Ability to stay focused on task and goals while constantly delivery high-level results


Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Related Field

Years of Experience

Minimum of 3 years of related work experience or training

We Offer

We Offer – Ashland City

Great people make our organization great and because of that, we offer an onsite A. O. Smith Company merchandise store for our employees, employee discounts on water filtration products, a competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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