Engineering Manager, Electrical Controls

Date: May 23, 2024

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.

Recognized by The Tennessean as one of the top Nashville area Workplaces, Lochinvar (A business unit of A. O. Smith) is a leading producer of energy-efficient boilers, water heaters, pool heaters and commercial package systems.  We focus solely on serving our customers and offer them a product that delivers unmatched quality, performance, and application flexibility.

Primary Function

This position directs, coordinates, and exercises functional authority for planning, organization, control, integration, and completion of electronics control development related to water heating products, including gas ignition, temperature control, safety control, comfort control, combustion control and user interface systems.


In addition, this position provides technical guidance to controls development projects as required and directed by the Director Product Development


  • Guide and execute assignments from the Director Product Development related to electronic controls development activities conducted by controls engineers.
  • Provide frequent status updates to the Director Product Development, including and most importantly obstacles as they arise.
  • Lead the controls development to define and develop products in accordance with the Lochinvar Product Development System. 
  • Manage all controls related projects with internal teams and external suppliers and partners.
  • Lead the assigned engineering team members effectively and efficiently to achieve the objectives and goals agreed to for the projects. 
  • Coordinate and participate in customer focus groups and training seminars during the introduction of new products.  This may include leading technical discussions and presentation of instructional and informational materials to large and small groups of both technical and non-technical representatives.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the electronics controls group on a daily basis to assign responsibilities and provide technical support where needed. 
  • Monitor team progress to ensure assignments are completed and goals are attained.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Perform competitive product analyses as required to help define the project scope.
  • Interface with other Engineering staff to provide design input throughout the product development process.
  • Coordinate project team activities in the preparation of project expense estimates as well as monitor and control expenditures within limitations of the established project budget.
  • Coordinate agency pre-testing assessments for agency certification purposes with the team; plan ahead to provide submittal paperwork, provide input to schedule test dates, review existing certifications, and interface with agencies to obtain timely cost effective agency approval.
  • Assist the Vice President of Engineering in the selection and hire of team staff.
  • Support, provide supervisory guidance and assist direct reports to assure success in the project as well as employee developmental needs.  


  • Bachelor's degree (B. S.) from Four‑year College or university in Electrical Engineering.  Must have at least 8 years’ of electronic controls development experience dealing with industrial products and/or appliances.
  • Must have at least two years of experience in project team participation or management and a proven history of timely and successful product development.
  • Must have broad Knowledge of appliance-level controls (software, hardware, applications (ie iOS, Android) and connectivity / IoT).
  • Must have at least two years’ experience managing people with strong team building and team development skills.
  • Must have experience in working with external suppliers on hardware and software development.
  • Must demonstrate good communication and people skills. 
  • Proven background in use of theoretical skills to solve practical applications preferred.  Demonstrated team leadership skills are preferred.

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. 



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