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Electronics Lab Manager

Date: Jun 7, 2021

Location: McBee, SC, US, 29101

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS), founded in 1874, 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, as well as water purification products for residential and light commercial applications.  Our McBee, South Carolina facility is home to the Engineering and Manufacturing teams for our Commercial Water Heaters and Boilers, a category in which we are the industry leader with over 50% market share.  Our Electronics team continually invests in their lab equipment and has the ability to do onsite UL Self-Certification.

Primary Function

Reporting to the Director of Platform Electronics, the Electronics Lab Manager will lead a small group of technicians and manage the activities and resources of the Electronics Lab within the Platform Electronics group to ensure support is provided to meet the department and company goals.  The Electronics Lab Manager will coordinate with Platform Electronics staff and other internal customers to develop test plans for electronic controls, communications devices and other electronic components.  This individual will also implement policies and procedures to maintain product compliance.


  • Coach, mentor, and motivate Electronics Lab staff
  • Ensure department’s compliance with regulatory requirements and agencies
  • Review and report on all projects on a weekly and monthly basis
  • Maintain appropriate levels of accreditation and scope as defined by management; enhancement, and expansion of the laboratory scope of accreditation (ISO/IEC 17025 Quality System)
  • Lead laboratory audits
  • Maintain efficient, neat and presentable facilities
  • Provide schedules and timely responses to engineering teams
  • Coordinate testing with outside labs as needed
  • Participate on standards working groups
  • Evaluate, propose, and deliver on opportunities within Platform Electronics to improve efficiency and accuracy of the services being provided to all affected parties
  • Assist Quality Assurance with technical evaluations from field returns/problems
  • Oversee equipment calibration, equipment repair and equipment sourcing efforts
  • Supervise and manage lab technicians effectively and efficiently to achieve lab objectives and goals
  • Supervise both long and short-term electronics projects, codes/standards, and general technical support to electronics engineers
  • Coordinate lab resource needs with Project Managers to assure that resources are being planned to accomplish the goals needed by the team
  • Develop work schedules by assessing priorities, workload, and available resources
  • Ensure that direct reports are performing in accordance with company policies and applicable laws
  • Create and maintain accurate and efficient procedures
  • Responsibilities include assisting with interviewing potential staff candidates for purposes of hiring, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field
  • 5+ years of safety agency experience
  • 2+ years of technical supervisory experience preferred
  • Deep understanding of EMC test standards and radio product test standards, as well as prior experience performing EMC testing on such items
  • First-hand experience with and knowledge of electronic product design
  • Experience interfacing with certification and accreditation bodies, including prior experience as a contributor to EMC standard organizations

Additional Qualifications

  • Excellent analytical, communication, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in sharing knowledge and technically mentoring less-experienced co-workers
  • Broad enough expertise to include familiarity with the global scope of EMC and radio product test standards and practices
  • First-hand experience testing a wide range of DUTs for radiated emissions / immunity (RE/RI), conducted emissions / immunity (CE/CI), transient, and RF testing
  • EMC product test failure analysis tools and techniques
  • Must demonstrate excellent leadership skills and the ability to lead project work in a team environment

We Offer

Great people make our organization great and because of that, we offer an onsite fitness center, onsite cafeteria and micro market, a competitive compensation package (base and bonus) and comprehensive benefits plan which includes medical and dental insurance, company sponsored life insurance, 401k with company match and year-end contribution, short and long term disability programs, and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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