Project Engineer (Heat Pump)

Date: Feb 18, 2024

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37087

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

AOS/Lebanon, TN

We are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water heating and water treatment technologies in the world. We are a $3.8 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.

Our Commercial Product Engineering team develops Commercial Water Heaters, a category where we are the industry leader with over 50% market share. We are committed to Continuous Improvement, not just in our factories or processes, but in our people

Primary Function


We are looking for a Sr. Project Engineer – New Product Development (Heat Pump) to join our team that will be located at our Heat Pump Engineering Center of Excellence in Lebanon, Tennessee.


What is unique about this role?

  • Work on latest technologies and develop heat pump water heater
  • The ability to own Engineering projects from concept to manufacturing
  • We have support throughout the Engineering process with our Simulation team, CAD Design team, and Lab Tech team
  • Company growth and a defined career ladder allows our Engineers to move up a Technical Expert path or a management path


  • Manages all aspects of a complex and significant engineering project, from start to finish, so that it is completed on time and within budget.
  • Applies engineering standards/procedures and provides advice on challenges within the engineering field.
  • Ability to balance/ prioritize and handle multiple projects when needed
  • Be a great team player and effective in accomplishing group tasks and brainstorming activities
  • Effectively communicate technical material to internal business units and other cross functions.
  • Provide detailed test programs/plans and guidance to assigned Lab and CAD personnel.
  • Conductance, documentation, and evaluation of product specific tests
  • Review product design for compliance with engineering principles, company standards, agency requirements and customer needs/expectations
  • Coordinate activities to efficiently resolve technical developments, rescheduling issues, and engineering design and test problems as they arise.
  • Request /evaluate and approve product design changes, specifications, and drawing releases through PCP (Product changes processes in SAP system)
  • Interact with other Engineering Staff to provide input regarding areas of your expertise.
  • Prepare project expense estimates and control expenditures within the limitations of the project budget.
  • Supports field service engineering, respond to field questions, and incorporate improvement in future products
  • Conduct yourself professionally in accordance with AOS values


  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field plus 5 years of experience (OR) Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field plus 3 years of experience (OR) Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
  • 3+ years of Refrigerant Cycle experience dealing with HVAC air conditioning systems and/or heat pumps.
  • Detailed understanding of HVAC system functions including refrigeration, heat transfer, airflow, and ventilation
  • Experience with application of various components used within HVAC systems such as evaporator coils, compressors, condensers, and fans.
  • Air conditioning and/or Heat Pump design and hands on testing experience.
  • Experience with Design/simulation/analysis tools such as Solidworks, LabVIEW, EES, CFD, FEA and ERP software (SAP or similar).
  • Excellent analytical skills for reviewing costs and preparing budget reports
  • Great communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel 10 - 15% for product testing at other sites, review of field installations, and to attend meetings with other A. O. Smith Engineering teams.


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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