Lead HVAC Lab Technician

Date: Jul 7, 2024

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, offering a comprehensive line featuring the best-known brands in North America and China, we also manufacture water purification and water softening products for residential and light commercial applications.


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

The Lead HVAC Lab Technician provides support and input to Engineering team in the evaluation, development and innovation of new products. Provides leadership and training for new Lab Techs, and works with Engineering team to develop and test heat pump systems and equipment by performing the following duties.

We Offer

Climate controlled facility.  Medical, Dental, and vision start on Day 1!  Our comprehensive benefits package also includes life insurance, short- and long-term disability, 401k, tuition assistance, and employee discounts on Aquasana water filtration products.




  • Works at a high level and has complete technical understanding of all lab test setups and procedures.
  • Can work with team engineers to develop protocols and schedules for testing, efficiency and productivity.
  • Direct at least two support personnel on project teams to review and process data.
  • Works on multiple projects and keeps these projects moving in a timely fashion through the lab.
  • Review project instructions and prints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, objectives, test equipment, nature of technical problem and possible solution.
  • Set up, assist and test units per diagrams and instructions to investigate design proposals for improving equipment performance or other factors and to obtain data for development, standardization and quality assurance.
  • Observe and record results relevant to testing and evaluation.
  • Build prototypes and test equipment per drawings.
  • Log and distribute copies of results to Engineering and file.
  • Responsible for safe practices and professional appearance of the work area.
  • Gain a thorough working knowledge of other ANSI, UL, and EC standards. 
  • Properly use and service all lab equipment (both test and prototype development).
  • Provide guidance and instruction to other lab techs as needed.
  • Develop skills required in model making, sheet metal layout and fabrication, welding, machining, soldering and metal working in the proto-type lab.
  • Conduct test certification program under direction of test agency representative.
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Experience in heat pumps or refrigeration systems preferred.
  • Experience in electronic controls or control systems preferred


  • Associate Degree in Engineering or Related Field with 7+ years of related work experience preferred. In lieu of degree will consider those with 10+ years of related work experience and High School Diploma or GED.
  • Has experience working with products that use refrigerants such as heat pumps, chillers, VRF’s, or mini splits and an understanding of the equipment required to service systems using refrigerants
  • EPA Type Universal Certification or willingness to become certified
  • Has a working knowledge of basic algebraic functions and demonstrates same on a daily basis
  • Can act with limited supervision on applying and trouble-shooting initial unit set up  
  • Uses independent decision making and analysis
  • Can analyze problems, present solutions and implements decisions
  • Easily recognizes when parameters are wrong, indicating that a unit is not functioning properly
  • Understands what data needs to be collected, how that data is to be collected, and uses the proper forms for logging the required data. Understands what the data being recorded means to the performance of the unit under test.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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