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Customer Service Technical Specialist

Date: Apr 16, 2021

Location: FERGUS, ON, CA, N1M2X1

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Primary Function

To provide highly complex technical/troubleshooting assistance, product information, warranty assistance, and parts order processing which requires in depth technical product knowledge of a minimum of three product lines of water heaters. Primarily deals with service professionals or engineers, some facility management and homeowners. Customers with high demands on single and multiunit applications. Customers are general contractors, service professionals, facility maintenance personnel, architects, engineers and other professionals responsible for ensuring equipment is ordered, installed, maintained, and functional. Technical Specialists work to assist callers in repair rather than replacing equipment. Product specific paid training is provided. The liability to provide top quality technical support is much greater due to the product’s capacity, the environment that it is in, and the type of questions asked.


  1. Provides world class customer service in a fast-paced customer service center (an average of 60 customer contacts per day) which includes:
    1. Answering incoming calls and emails, as well as following up on previous issues with customers solving highly complex electric and gas water heater equipment issues on a minimum of three product lines,
    2. Documenting call, installation, and product information.
    3. Researching highly complex product/part information, inputs/documents, and maintains/updates records using multiple web-based systems.
  2. Remains educated and up to date on codes affecting water heater equipment and installations, as well as current and new products’ technical aspects on a minimum of three product lines of water heaters and related equipment.
  3. Assess caller’s abilities and refer non-service professionals to service providers when needed while following warranty processes.
  4. Provides specification information for callers considering purchase including size and related equipment information based on end user needs.
  5. Refers callers for purchasing as needed.
  6. Inputs product registrations.
  7. Utilizes drawing system to view specifications about a product; example switch pressures.
  8. Review and generate wiring diagrams.
  9. Review and generate water, fuel, and venting piping diagrams.
  10. Reviews proofs of purchase for legitimacy.
  11. Serves as the first contact our customers and potential customers have with our company.  It is critical to communicate effectively and accurately with consumers while maintaining a professional image and customer friendly disposition.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.
  13. Makes warranty related decisions for highly complex water heating and related equipment approx. $10,000 following established departmental processes.


  • 3 years Customer Service experience
  • 2 years of experience as a Tech Support Specialist at A.O. Smith, AND a minimum of four completed internal water heater certifications (one of which must be tankless gas or boiler)
  • OR a minimum of 6 years of experience as a service technician of water heaters, HVAC, boilers or other related equipment
  • Prefer previous call center experience.
  • Prefer a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be able to type a minimum of 40 words per minute
  • Requires mechanically inclined individuals with previous plumbing, electrical, HVAC, boiler, or other related equipment experience.
  • Requires in depth working knowledge of the design, function, installation, operation and repair of multiple lines of water heaters.
  • Requires familiarity with national Fuel Gas Code, National Electrical Codes, National Building Codes, and AMSE standards.
  • Requires working knowledge of combustion and the environment in which the water unit is located.
  • Demonstrated proficient verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Software and hardware operation as well as keyboarding experience
  • Willing to work a 40 hour schedule within open hours of operation, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday - Friday; rotational 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday.


Associate Degree

Years of Experience

Minimum of 5 years related work experience

We Offer

Competitive base salary 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.

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