Lab Supervisor

Date: Feb 10, 2024

Location: Milwaukee, WI, US, 53224

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

Responsible for managing all aspects of the operation of the Engineering Lab area in accordance with policies and guidelines as directed by Management including: supervision and scheduling of lab activities; calibration, repair and maintenance of lab equipment; and purchase of all lab supplies and tools.



Role Specific Duties

  • Provide direction, guidance and training for Engineering Lab personnel.
  • Create and maintain detailed instructions for the proper setup and operation of all lab equipment.
  • Assign available qualified personnel to new or updated projects as required.  Establish and maintain the workflow and priorities through the lab.
  • Provide yearly budget input to Management.
  • Work closely with Engineers to maintain priorities as set forth by Engineering Management and provide timely lab resources in order to efficiently meet project objectives. 
  • Responsible for the maintenance and calibration of all lab test/development equipment and instrumentation.
  • Develop and ensure adherence to an electronic copy of test data for documentation purposes.  Organize and maintain consistency of filing procedures for easy retrieval when necessary
  • Develop and maintain a laboratory inventory management system which relates the status of components, equipment, instrumentation, prototypes, production units, and accessories in the lab at any given time.
  • Develop and report on metrics for performance of lab, including testing throughput, testing backlog, and measures of efficiency.
  • Serve as member of Safety Council in representing the Lab employees and Engineering Management.
  • Provide the leadership necessary to develop and maintain adherence to all safety rules and procedures within the lab and company.
  • Ensure the communication link is strong between Lab and all other departments.
  • Review, maintain, and develop electronic standardized test data sheet documentation procedures and other logbooks for accuracy and completeness prior to distribution.
  • Responsible for general housekeeping and maintenance of working areas.  This includes the periodic cleanup and maintenance as required for facility tours.
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.


Basic Qualifications

  • Associates technical degree
  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience
  • 2-3 years of Supervisory/Leadership experience


Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with biological lab and analytical lab processes and skill in the use of laboratory equipment and computers are preferred. 
  • Must be able to read and understand biological and water analysis reports.
  • Must be able to interpret project direction with limited background and respond positively to rapid changes in project priorities.
  • Must be able to design processes and specify equipment needed to test water treatment equipment and materials.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in a water treatment and analysis laboratory environment.



Associate Degree

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: Milwaukee

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