Staff Engineer - New Product Development (Gas Combustion Product)

Date: Sep 23, 2023

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37087

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information


Why A. O. Smith? 

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. Founded in 1874, we are a $3.5 billion company that employs more than 12,000 men and women. With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, A. O. Smith has the global reach to serve customers worldwide. We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.  We value people who are able to analyze problems and take rapid, decisive action. 


What is great about this opportunity?

  • You will be a part of a new, state-of-the-art expansion in A. O. Smith’s Product Development Center (PDC in Lebanon, TN) within our Lochinvar facility.
  • You will join a company whose vision brings people together to consistently deliver innovative, high-quality solutions that result in increased customer demand.
  • You will be representing a company that makes products that improve the quality of life and are considered top of the line.

Primary Function

As the Staff Engineer - New Product Development (Gas Combustion Product), you will work with industry & universities to develop new technologies and standards.  In addition, you will act as technical leader to others within the Company and provide technical direction to co-workers in area of expertise and ensures co-workers have technical information to make projects successful.


  • Identifies projects of value to the company.
  • Directs use of specific CAE software such as Solidworks, MATLAB, LabView, Minitab, EES, CFD, FEA, etc. and interprets results
  • Effectively communicates technical material to internal business units.
  • Regular collaboration with product design and manufacturing, may lead functional best practice meetings, and has a recognized reputation of contribution to operations.
  • Solid understanding of AOS processes and customers, participates in functional best practices, and has recognized expertise by operations.
  • Have significant technical accomplishments for the Company.
  • Able to balance & prioritize multiple projects within schedule and budget. 
  • Helps coordinate projects with outside funding.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 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
  • Minimum 2 years of gas combustion products  experience dealing with water heaters , gas furnace or related heating equipment
  • Understanding of water heating functions including gas combustion , heat transfer, airflow, and exhaust venting
  • Experience with application of various components used with  gas water heaters such as Blowers, gas valves, venturi , and burner
  • Understanding of  Design/simulation/analysis tools such as Solidworks, LabVIEW, EES, CFD, FEA and ERP software (SAP or similar), will be helpful
  • Background in heat transfer, fluids, electrical-mechanical products and regulatory & code compliance.
  • Ability to model system layouts or direct design team to develop system layouts and specifications. SolidWorks /CAD knowledge is helpful.
  • Excellent analytical skills for reviewing costs and preparing budget reports
  • 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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