Sr. Product Development Engineer - Coatings

Date: Jun 21, 2024

Location: Florence, KY, US, 41042

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

We are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water heating and water treatment technologies in the world. We are a $3.5 billion company with 140+ years history and we employ more than 12,000 individuals globally who pride themselves on providing the world with innovative water technology. We are committed to Continuous Improvement, not just in our factories or processes, but in our people.

Primary Function

  • Lead projects regarding the design and development of new product manufacturing, from lab scale to pilot scale and into full production scale.
  • Lead projects regarding the design and development of quality tests and methods, including advanced material characterization.
  • Lead projects in product application and process improvement following PDCA cycle.
  • Identify projects of value to the company and communicate details to the development group.
  • Develop, write and review work instructions and procedures. Lead communication and training initiatives.
  • Lead projects regarding the use of alternative raw material sources, quality assessment projects from other AO Smith plants and similar projects relating to optimizing quality and manufacturing.
  • Conduct project meetings and prepare reports to communicate the status of the project within and beyond the project team.


  • Collaborate with others on writing patents, papers, or trade secrets.
  • Ability to mentor/coach lab technicians
  • Assist in regulatory control and reporting, safety initiatives and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Assist in all aspects of management system compliance (such as ISO9001, ISO14001)
  • Assist in manufacturing process improvements where needed, especially in regard to impact of quality.


  • Bachelor's Degree in ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, or closely related field is required
  • 5+ years of related work experience in coatings and materials, engineering and/or product development.
  • Intermediate/advanced experience with Excel is required; all other MS Office applications is strongly recommended. 
  • Minitab and SAP experience is recommended. 
  • Supervisory experience strongly recommended. 
  • Innovative, hands on, knowledgeable in coating development, manufacturing, application, as well as material characterization and analysis. 
  • Excellent communication, excellent record-keeping ability, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects while completing them on-time.
  • Ability to provide high-quality results through effective assignment of tasks to laboratory technicians.
  • Action oriented and excellent problem solving skills.
  • Excellent understanding and practice of chemical and plant process safety



We Offer

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.




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