Master Lab Technician

Date: Jun 14, 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

As a master level technician working with electronics and sensors, you will be responsible for supporting A. O. Smith’s research and development activities by scoping requirements, designing and building electronic test setups for laboratory experiments, conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing test data, and troubleshooting results. 


  • Test Setup Design – work with senior research engineers to scope, develop and build custom test setups for lab experiments including but not limited to test hardware (e.g. National Instruments, Raspberry Pi, or custom PCBs), test software (e.g. embedded controls and LabView), wire harnessing, and data acquisition systems.
  • Lab Experiments – independently or under the guidance of senior engineers, perform laboratory experiments supporting A. O. Smith water heating and treating research projects.
  • Data Analysis – analyze experimental data to identify trends and collaborate with research team to draw meaningful conclusions from the test results.
  • Debugging – troubleshoot and resolve issues that arise during custom test equipment development and lab experimentation.
  • Collaboration – work in a cross-functional team environment including electronics lab technicians and experienced team of researchers to deliver research test equipment needs.


  • Capable of building and maintaining complex control and data acquisition systems utilizing LabVIEW programming software.
  • Experience with lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters and soldering stations.
  • Experience creating custom test hardware including platforms such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and/or National Instruments.
  • Can act with limited supervision on applying and trouble-shooting initial unit set up
  • 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
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Associate Degree in Engineering or Related Field

Years of Experience

Minimum of 7 years of related work experience or training

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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