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Product Control Applications Engineer, Early Career (Johnson City, TN)

Date: Jun 26, 2022

Location: Johnson City, TN, US, 37601

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Primary Function

The Product Control Applications Engineer in product research and development is responsible for assisting with the design and development of electronic/electromechanical devices/controls and control systems used in residential and commercial water heaters and boilers with focus on safety, quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction. This individual will be involved throughout the design process, beginning with conceptual design through the implementation stages, and continuing with product support after a product is introduced in the marketplace. The position involves conducting tests, recording data, and analyzing data obtained from testing to ensure design requirements are met. The Engineer will also participate in the preparation of proposals and estimations required for project approval and may also aid in technical support of products related to electronic controls.


  • Develop water heater control strategies in collaboration with A. O. Smith Platform Electronics and other A. O. Smith Divisions.
  • Create water heater control specifications and Statements of Work based on customer requirements.
  • Assist with water heater development, from concept to certification, including hardware and software used in product development test and certification equipment, project planning, and project supervision.
  • Design and execute product application test plans; document and report results; and provide design solutions as needed.
  • Identify, analyze, and resolve test equipment design issues.
  • Create test equipment specifications and Statements of Work based on customer requirements.
  • Design and develop electromechanical devices and hardware to meet regulatory agency safety requirements.
  • Test all designs ensuring total performance and product success.
  • Investigate problems and requirements of projects and develop plans for solutions.
  • Document all procedures for installation and maintenance for full functionality.
  • Troubleshoot, test, and adjust electronic systems, as needed.
  • Assist with preparing test plans, instructions, and procedures.
  • Participate in FMEA, DFMEA, and design reviews.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) from an ABET-accredited, four-year college or university in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields such as Computer Science or Mechatronics.
  • Minimum of three months' work and/or internship experience.
  • Fundamental understanding of problem solving, troubleshooting, and root case analysis.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with communications such as RS-485, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.
  • Interest APP development, testing, programming.
  • Rudimentary knowledge of reliability.
  • Basic understanding of computer programming languages
  • Knowledge and understanding of electrical engineering fundamentals, including basic interpretation of electrical schematic, wiring, and block diagrams and familiarity with basic test instrumentation such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.


Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Computer Science

Years of Experience

No previous related work 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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