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Automation Maintenance Technician

Date: Jan 27, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37914

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

A. O. Smith Corporation, founded in 1874, is a $3 billion publicly-traded global water technology leader (NYSE: AOS) with over 15,000 employees globally.  We are one of the world’s leading manufacturers and best-known brands of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers, as well as a global leader in the manufacturing of water treatment systems for household and light commercial applications.  


Our manufacturing facility in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a critical internal supplier of over 13,000 residential water heater jacket and tank sheets (cut to length and punched) on a daily basis to our Johnson City, Tennessee manufacturing and assembly facility.

Primary Function

The Automation Maintenance Technician will install, troubleshoot, and repair electro-mechanical equipment and support automated industrial production equipment in a safe and efficient matter.  Since this plant is becoming increasingly automated, we are looking for an Automation Maintenance Technician that desires to be in a constantly changing environment with improved technologies.  The Automation Maintenance Technician will be required to remain current with new technology in the plant, and it will be a joint effort between A. O. Smith and the Automation Maintenance Technician to identify and complete continuing education and training needs as they arise.


  • Ability to work Safely and Efficiently in an Automated Industrial Environment
  • Perform preventative, predictive, corrective, and emergency maintenance on industrial equipment with a strong emphasis on but not limited to electrical/electronic controls and automated systems and how they interact with mechanical equipment
  • Conduct maintenance and higher-level troubleshooting on industrial machines and automated systems
  • Troubleshoot software and programming issues
  • Lead, audit and create Preventative Maintenance procedures/practices.  Plan and Document work utilizing SAP
  • Develop work plans for emergency repair of critical assets
  • Provide technical support for modified, updated, and new equipment
  • Help train manufacturing and maintenance personnel in the safe/efficient operation and maintenance of automated equipment


  • 2+ years of experience working in an industrial maintenance environment or similar, with a focus on Electro-Mechanical controls; a combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Associates Degree with an emphasis on Maintenance/Engineering based studies is preferred but not required
  • Has knowledge and experience working with Allen Bradley (AB) automated components, and Rockwell PLC software including current editions of Logix5000, and other supporting software
  • Ability to read and understand complex work instructions provided by the equipment manufacturer, or assigned engineer
  • Have experience with the following: Electrical and electronic principles, preventative maintenance procedures, blueprint and schematic reading, industrial electrical, industrial controls 
  • Valid driver's license

We Offer

Great people make our organization great and because of that, we offer a competitive compensation 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

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