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Thermal Mechanical Technician

Date: Aug 17, 2019

Location: Milwaukee, WI, US, 53224

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Primary Function

Provide support and input to Engineering team in the evaluation, development of new products.  Provide leadership and training for new Lab Techs.  Work with Engineering team to develop and test machinery and equipment by performing the following duties.


  1. Acts as owner of lab projects.
  2. Takes the lead on setting up and testing projects based on the engineers' protocols and test plans.
  3. Calibrates equipment as needed.
  4. Uses in-depth test and product knowledge to efficiently complete testing in the lab.
  5. Collects and reviews test data and communicates observations to engineers.
  6. Makes recommendations based on observations. 
  7. Review project instructions and prints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, objectives, test equipment, nature of technical problem and possible solution.
  8. Set up, assist and test units per diagrams and instructions to investigate design proposals for improving equipment performance or other factors and to obtain data for development, standardization and quality assurance.
  9. Observe and record results relevant to testing and evaluation.
  10. Build prototypes and test equipment per drawings.
  11. Log and distribute copies of results to Engineering and file.
  12. Gain a thorough working knowledge of other ANSI, UL, and EC standards. 
  13. Properly use and service all lab equipment (both test and prototype development).
  14. Develop skills required in model making, sheet metal layout and fabrication, welding, machining, soldering and metal working.
  15. Conduct test certification program under direction of test agency representative.
  16. Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Experience working in a test lab environment and has completed at least one major project from start to finish
  • A two year technical degree may be substituted for some of the essential skills
  • Has learned to test boilers, water heaters and pool heaters or other gas appliances to ANSI standards.
  •  Has learned to use and service most of the lab equipment. 
  • Possesses a working knowledge of all CSA tests, the proper way to conduct those tests, and the proper form for recording the data produced by those tests
  • Has a working knowledge of basic algebraic functions and demonstrates same on a daily basis
  • Has the ability to budget time and set deadlines for him/herself and demonstrates this ability on a daily basis
  • Can act with limited supervision on applying and trouble shooting initial unit set up
  • Uses independent decision making and analysis
  • Can analyze problems, present solutions and implements decisions
  • Easily recognizes when parameters are wrong, indicating that a unit is not functioning properly
  • Understands what data needs to be collected, how that data is to be collected, and uses the proper forms for logging the required data.  Understands what the data being recorded means to the performance of the unit under test


Associate Degree in Engineering or Related Field

Years of Experience

Minimum of 3 years of related work experience or training

We Offer

Competitive base salary 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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