Engineer-Product Development

Date: Nov 14, 2023

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

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

The Engineer serves as the key point of contact for resolving product issues in a timely manner. The Engineer is accountable for initiating design changes and BOM changes, as needed, for their respective product(s). The Engineer will also participate and lead product enhancement efforts and cost reduction activities, as well as continuous improvement initiatives. The position can include conducting tests, recording data, and analyzing data obtained from testing to ensure design requirements are met.


  • Perform advanced engineering tasks under supervision by a senior engineer.
  • Become familiar with industry groups as well as patent and trade secret processes.
  • Complete engineering assignments requiring a broad knowledge in an engineering specialty.
  • Analyze production methods to ensure time and cost goals are met.
  • Support engineering functions for a product or product family from design through production.
  • Develop and apply engineering standards and procedures and provide advice on issues within the engineering field.
  • Enter and modify product data in ERP system as well as initiate, review, and approve Engineering Changes in the ERP system.
  • Provide occasional support to manufacturing and acquire familiarity with manufacturing operations.
  • Communicate with other engineering functions including, product, process, production, quality, and reliability teams.
  • Plan, conduct and coordinate engineering assignments which typically include several smaller projects or one major project; also participate in planning objectives for projects.
  • Participate in brainstorming activities for specific needs.
  • Participate and lead in cost reduction activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Role Specific Responsibilities


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field
  • 3 months of related work experience (refrigeration/heat pump/HVAC experience a plus), which may include co-op or internship experience - preferred
  • Demonstrate some expertise in an adjacent or related field.
  • Experience with CAE tools such as Solidworks, MATLAB, LabView, Minitab, EES, CFD or FEA.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook).
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate cross-functionally in a team environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships internally and externally.
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific terms, technical journals, technical procedures, government regulations and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from large and diverse audiences to include: groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to perform calculations of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.  Ability to apply concepts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, volume, fractions, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Must have basic knowledge of use of mathematical relationships to evaluate data and make informed decisions.
  • REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define and solve problems independently, 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. Sufficient technical aptitude to understand and influence complex technology issues.
  • COMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office, to include but not limited to Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, plus knowledge of the Internet and prior experience in drafting with the use of CAD based programs and/or Microsoft Visio.

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

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