Machine Operator 1

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: McBee, SC, US, 29101

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

We are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water heating and water treatment technologies in the world. We are a $3.5 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. We are committed to Continuous Improvement, not just in our factories or processes, but in our people.

Primary Function

Operator will initiate operations in accordance with customer requirements and monitor performance to optimize production processes


  • Perform routine setup, operation, and adjustment of equipment to produce product by standardized work.
  • Load, remove and replenish parts and/or materials info machines or after cycles as required by standardized work.
  • Accurately and efficiently perform steps necessary to conduct changeovers.
  • Monitor routine operation of equipment and make minor adjustments as necessary to produce quality products in a safe, efficient, and standardized manner.
  • Hang and/or remove shells, flues, heads, jackets or other parts on hangers or as required by work instruction.
  • Use various hand tools (impact wrenches, band cutters, etc.) to complete job requirements.
  • Perform leak tests on units using water and/or air.
  • Perform visual quality checks and examine product for defects.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Record all data and fill out paperwork related to production activity as required (ASME, production logs, quality logs, etc.)
  • Maintain the work area and equipment in a clean and organized condition and follow prescribed safety and quality rules, procedures, and requirements.
  • Follow detailed machine and work instructions, processes, and procedures.
  • Report problems with safety, quality, processes, equipment and materials to production Lead or Supervisor.
  • Wear required PPE.
  • Drive and become certified to drive a fork truck
  • Perform other duties and operate machinery as assigned by Supervisor or Team Leader.


  • Ability to regularly lift 40 – 50 pounds throughout shift.
  • Willingness to learn new tasks, cross-train, rotate and work as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work safely in a manufacturing environment with potential exposure to hot/cold temperatures, noise, vibration, dust, sparks, etc.
  • Willingness to train other operators, or to train as a back-up, for other team members to cover absenteeism, vacations and mandatory rotations or responsibility.
  • Willingness to work overtime as required depending on business need.
  • Strong analytical skills to aid in problem solving.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Previous manufacturing experience a strong plus.
  • Ability to read (or be trained to read) and understand Bills of Material, drawings and measuring tools.
  • Possess the knowledge and skill (or be trained) to operate all required machines.


High School Diploma or GED

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting/standing and frequent bending and reaching.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds, and with assistance

We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefit plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

ADA Disclaimer (U.S. ONLY)

In developing this job description, care was taken to include all competencies needed to successfully perform in this position. However, for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) purposes, the essential functions of the job may or may not have been described for purposes of ADA reasonable accommodation. All reasonable accommodation requests will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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