Knoxville Operator

Date: Sep 11, 2023

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37914

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

Responsible for the safe output of quality cut-to-length steel.  Maintain output to production standards while staying within acceptable scrap and rework standards.  Work in a team oriented atmosphere with continuous improvement goals of achieving and maintaining a world-class production facility.


  • Set up and operate the machines as required.
  • Perform tooling changes, troubleshoot malfunctions, and perform maintenance tasks.
  • Monitor machines’ output, using modern statistical process tools, to produce the sheets that are dimensionally correct and defect free.
  • Perform machine operator preventative maintenance and lubrication per charts and schedules.
  • Assist in training of assigned personnel as required.
  • Packaging of finished goods.
  • Maintain production supplies, pallets, gloves, etc.
  • Maintain forklift certification.
  • Perform receiving quality checks on inbound materials and apply modern statistical process controls to track supplier performance.
  • Perform physical inventory, cycle counts, and computer related activities.
  • Maintain work area in a safe and clean state.
  • Apply Kanban First In – First Out principles and continuous improvement programs.
  • Maintain work area in a safe and clean state.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Role Specific Responsibilities


  • Previous work experience in metal fabrication desired, but not required.
  • Participation in the cross-training programs established for this facility to enable continuous, uninterrupted production of quality material.
  • Experience in a continuous improvement environment preferred.


Associate Degree in Related Field

Years of Experience

Minimum of 3 years of related work experience or training

Physical Requirements

    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.

    Nearest Major Market: Knoxville

    Job Segment: Wastewater, Water Treatment, Facilities, HVAC, Engineering, Operations