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Project Engineer - New Product Development (Heat Pumps)

Date: Aug 10, 2022

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation


A. O. Smith’s Commercial Product Engineering team develops Commercial Water Heaters and Boilers, a category where we are the industry leader with over 50% market share.  As part of our greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 10% by 2025, 17 of 18 of our North America Water Heating Division product development projects “in development” or “pending resources” are either zero carbon or high-efficiency (condensing) gas products, which typically support a 50% improvement in energy efficiency.


We are looking for a Project Engineer – New Product Development (Heat Pumps) that will be located at our Heat Pumps Engineering Center of Excellence in Lebanon, Tennessee, where we have our testing chamber located.   However, this role will work closely with the Commercial Engineering team in South Carolina as the focus will be on Commercial Water Heaters and Boilers.

What is unique about this role?

  • Liaison between Heat Pump Center of Excellence in Tennessee and NPD Commercial Water Heater/Boiler Engineering team in South Carolina
  • 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


  • Conduct Project Identification meetings with Marketing/Senior Management to define project scope and provide a written description of the project.
  • Plan/implement an engineering program using the Project Management System as guide to achieve the goals of the project. 
  • Liaison with all departmental contacts as required to gain input when needed, and effectively communicate the status of project activity routinely through scheduled project reviews/reports.
  • Provide detailed test programs and guidance to assigned lab and CAD personnel in the conductance and documentation of product specific test standards; evaluate data and make recommendations.
  • Review product design for compliance with engineering principles, company standards, and customer contract requirements, and related specifications.
  • Coordinate activities to efficiently resolve technical developments, rescheduling issues, and engineering design and test problems as they arise.
  • Evaluate and approve design changes, specifications, and drawing releases.
  • 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.
  • Collaboration between Lochinvar and respective test agencies.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related field plus 3 years of experience OR Master’s Degree in Engineering or related field plus 1 year of experience
  • 1+ year of Refrigerant Cycle experience dealing with HVAC air conditioning systems and/or heat pumps.
  • Air conditioning and/or Heat Pumps design and hands on testing experience.
  • Experience with simulation/analysis tools (CFD, FEA), CAD tools (Solidworks), and ERP software (SAP or similar).
  • Great communication, organizational, and analytical skills.
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills in order to balance projects within a defined schedule and budget.
  • Ability to travel 10 - 15% for agency certification, review of field installations, attend meetings with other A. O. Smith Engineering teams, provide technical support to sales, etc.

We Offer

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 148-year history and employ more than 15,000 men and women located in more than 60 countries around the world.


This role is eligible to participate in our remote work program, which allows employees to work remotely up to two days per week. New employees in eligible roles can apply for this program after successfully completing their initial 90 days of employment. This role is also eligible for relocation assistance.


Great people make our organization great and because of that, we offer a comfortable working atmosphere for our employees in our newer state-of-the-art facility, employee discounts on water filtration products, a competitive compensation package (base and bonus), and a comprehensive benefits plan which includes medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, 401k with company match and year-end company contribution, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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