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CAD Supervisor

Date: Nov 2, 2022

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

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 $3.5 billion company with 140+ years history and employ more than 12,000 men and women globally.  We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.

Recognized by The Tennessean as one of the top Nashville area Workplaces, Lochinvar (a business unit of A. O. Smith) is the leading producer of energy-efficient boilers, water heaters, pool heaters and commercial package systems.  We focus solely on serving our customers and have a solution for all your water heating needs, and because of this, have seen double digit company growth 34 of the past 36 years. 

Primary Function

Coordinate, plan and assign all engineering and drafting work in the department.  Act as project manager for plant projects or portions of plant projects.  Generate complex mechanical and electro-mechanical models and drawings with minimal direction.  Investigate, recommend and assist in material selection and manufacturing process decisions of each piece part and assembly.  Coordinate with other internal departments affected by design development.  Meet project goals, particularly functionality, manufacturability, reliability and cost goals. Create and maintain item masters and bills of material utilizing PLM system.


  • Supervise Designers and Drafters which entails coordination of workflow in addition to conducting performance evaluations.   Review and approve output from Drafters.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and training to other CAD personnel. Remain informed of the latest software updates and modeling techniques.  Mentor other members of the CAD team on modeling, dimensioning, and tolerancing techniques.
  • Coordinate the documentation of new product development through conception, design and layout, certification, pilots and full production under guidance from the Project Engineer.  Work with other departments as necessary to accomplish this documentation in accordance with project schedules. Supervise the pilots and initial production runs for verification of drawings, assemblies and bills of materials.
  • Designs and details complex machined, fabricated, sheet metal and or purchased components from engineering input.
  • Develop assembly drawings for complex assemblies with multi-layered bills of materials utilizing 3D Cad software and PLM system.
  • Generates 3D solid models of parts and assemblies to ensure proper fit, form and function. Performs interference and tolerance stack up analysis.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Process Engineering Change Requests/Orders utilizing PLM system in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Ensure item and bill of material attributes are accurate and maintained in PLM system.
  • Has a clear understanding of policies and procedures within the department for assigning part numbers, redlining bills of material, revising drawings and working Engineering Change Requests into Engineering Change Orders while utilizing PLM system.
  • Provides documentation support to other departments such as marketing, sales and or manufacturing as required
  • Assist engineers with new product conception, design, and layout utilizing good verbal and organizational skills with minimal supervision.  Assist in buildup of prototype during pre-pilot stage of project.
  • Recommend procedural changes within the department to facilitate productivity and consistency. Serve as a liaison with other departments as necessary to formulate these changes.
  • Assist the CAD Department or MIS Department in the evaluation, selection and training of new software acquired and implemented by the Engineering Department.
  • Responsible for general housekeeping and maintenance of working areas.
  • Develop skills in the area of personnel management and problem solving.
  • Understands and demonstrates safety policies and procedures.
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Associate degree in related field
  • 3+ years or related work experience or training
  • 2+ years of supervisory/leadership experience


Additional Qualifications

  • Product knowledge and proven skills to meet all requirements of a Senior Cad Designer. Has a good understanding of Data Management or PLM systems
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents such as, Engineering Change Request, Red lines, ANSI standards, operating and maintenance instructions, Corporate rules and regulations as well as departmental procedures.
  • Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts such as trigonometry, geometry, algebra and basic equations.  Ability to apply mathematical operations to task for determination of area, percentages, volume and tolerance build up.  Ability to read measuring instruments to calculate overall dimensions, fit and build-up.
  •  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to manipulate computer keyboard, mouse and other office equipment with hands and arms.

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: Nashville

Job Segment: Drafting, PLM, CAD, Project Engineer, Manager, Engineering, Management