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Controls and Robotics Engineer

Date: Feb 21, 2021

Location: Johnson City, TN, US, 37601

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and, as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3.0 billion company with more than 15,000 employees worldwide. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.  A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.  It values people who are able to analyze problems and take rapid, decisive action. 

Primary Function

Located between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Smoky Mountains to the west, our Johnson City, Tennessee manufacturing facility has nearly 1000 employees and manufactures well over a million residential water heaters on an annual basis.  We are looking for a Controls and Robotics Engineer that will have primary responsibility for PLC's (primarily Allen-Bradley) and shared responsibility for robotics (primarily Fanuc) within the manufacturing plant.


  • Provide technical guidance to support production throughput, efficiency, first pass yield, cost reductions and safety improvements
  • Provide technical support for new equipment purchases
  • Support Manufacturing Engineering by involvement in the specifications, quoting and design review process, reviewing all controls documentation and establishing strong relationships with suppliers’ controls teams
  • Project Management: requires managing projects throughout the entire process, from concept through specifications, design, quoting, capital write-up and submittal, approval, purchase agreement, expenditure tracking, installation, capitalization and closure, including status presentations
  • Develop control systems, procedure and audit systems
  • Update standardized control specifications for different levels of machine controls
  • Support program modifications and centralized storage of updated software and programs
  • Troubleshoot software and programming issues
  • Work closely with operations and maintenance to define capital needs to replace, rebuild, or automate equipment/processes
  • Responsible for the training and development of maintenance/manufacturing technicians and operators
  • Develop upgrade plans for outdated equipment controls and improve existing controls for improved reliability and operation
  • Support manufacturing team for existing equipment/processes including but not limited to: robotics, controls, stamping, bending, assembly, welding, and glassing
  • Foster an environment conducive to high employee engagement
  • Multi-task in a fast-paced manufacturing plant environment
  • Along with production and maintenance assure process parameters, operational methods and preventive maintenance are optimized
  • Ensure documented work procedures are established, understood and followed
  • Champion and model the A. O. Smith Guiding Principles, Code of Business Ethics and Values
  • Support strategic plant and company initiatives and special projects


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering: Mechanical, Electronics/Controls, Electrical, Welding, Industrial OR equivalent work experience
  • 7+ years of experience working as a Controls and/or Robotics Engineer
  • Prior mechanical and electrical skills - Mechatronics
  • Requires strong PLC/PAC Programming background and Automation experience with Allen-Bradley controls, RS Logix 5000 and Studio 5000 software, with RS View Studio panelview software
  • Siemens PLC programming experience/troubleshooting a plus
  • Robotics experience: Fanuc, ABB, and Yaskawa Motoman Robots; welding robots, pick and place, etc.
  • Manufacturing expertise to include project management and engineering; maintenance and quality in a lean environment
  • Ideal candidate will have experience with various applications interfacing robots with existing systems and controls
  • Firm knowledge of OSHA and TOSHA rules and regulations
  • LEAN experience desired
  • Strong organizational and communication skill
  • Proficiency in MS Office and AutoCAD/SolidWorks; MS Project/Smartsheet experience required

We Offer

Competitive base salary, bonus plan 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: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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