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Senior Product Development Engineer

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Date: Apr 14, 2019

Location: Johnson City, TN, US, 37601

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

About Us

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and more than 16,000 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.


With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the global reach to serve customers worldwide. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees.  Our Johnson City location in Eastern Tennessee is home to the Engineering and Manufacturing of our Residential Water Heaters, a category in which we have #1 market share. 

Primary Function

Performs advanced engineering tasks with limited direct supervision. Acts as lead mentor to the engineering design team in development projects throughout the entire cycle from initial concept through successful completion. Identifies projects of value to the company. Identifies company needs and leads brainstorming activities to meet those needs. Ensures compliance with established safety and design standards


  1. Manages all aspects of a complex and significant engineering project, from start to finish, so that it is completed on time and within budget
  2. Uses and applies advanced engineering principles within a particular field of specialization.  
  3. User of CAE tools such as Solidworks, MATLAB, LabView, Minitab, EES, CFD, FEA. 
  4. Develops and applies engineering standards and procedures, and provides advice on issues within the engineering field.
  5. Helps to effectively communicate technical material to internal business units.
  6. Demonstrates excellent analytical skills for reviewing costs and preparing budget reports.
  7. Balances & prioritizes multiple projects within schedule and budget.  May help coordinate projects with outside funding.
  8. Identifies company needs and leads brainstorming activities to meet those needs.
  9. Develops systems and documentation for specific programs that ensure that products and services provided meet all contractual and program quality requirements.
  10. Leads project meetings and prepares reports to communicate the status of the project within and beyond the project team.


  • A Bachelor's degree in engineering or another related discipline is a must-have
  • A minimum of 4-5 years of work experience in product design engineering is required; new product design, existing product redesign and evaluating the feasibility and cost of designs is necessary.
  • 6 Sigma or FMEA experience a plus
  • Working knowledge of ANSI, UL Standards or the National Fuel Gas Code is preferred.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Strong project management and demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of manager, clients, customers, and the general public
  • Ability to analyze and resolve issues quickly through root cause analysis
  • Knowledge of  SAP and MRP systems is a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is needed; CAD and solid modelling experience is preferred 


We offer a competitive base salary and bonus plan along with a comprehensive benefits plan which includes medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs, tuition assistance, paid certifications and skills training, and an onsite fitness center.


We also offer the opportunity to be part of something that has the potential to change lives.  Our Enterprise Excellence approach focuses on customer value while developing systems and structure to engage employees in problem solving every day.  In the effort to create win-win solutions, we strive to better the lives for every employee, every customer, and every shareholder.  We do this with integrity and a passion for growing better together.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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