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Materials Engineer

Date: Jan 2, 2021

Location: Milwaukee, WI, US, 53224

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Why A. O. Smith? 

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with 144-year history and employ more than 16,000 men and women. With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, A. O. Smith has the global reach to serve customers worldwide. We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.  We value people who are able to analyze problems and take rapid, decisive action. 


What is great about this opportunity?

  • You will be working in our state of the art Corporate Technology Center (CTC).
  • You will be joining a stable, but growing organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions, global expansion and the highest ethical standards of conduct.
  • You will be representing a company that makes products that improve quality of life and are considered top of the line.
  • You will be joining a cohesive team that supports each other in accomplishing shared goals.

Primary Function

Working as an entry-level lab engineer for materials, you will provide support and input as part of the engineering team and be responsible with the evaluation, development, and testing of new machinery, equipment, and products. In this role, you will be expected to learn, grow, and in the future provide leadership and training for new lab technicians.

Role Specific Responsibilities


  • Acts as owner of lab projects.
  • Takes the lead on setting up and testing diverse materials projects based on the engineers' protocols and test plans.
  • Calibrates equipment as needed.
  • Uses in-depth test and product knowledge to efficiently complete testing in the lab.
  • Collects and reviews test data and communicates observations to senior engineers.
  • Review project instructions and prints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, objectives, test equipment, nature of technical problem and possible solution.
  • 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.
  • Observe and record results relevant to testing and evaluation.
  • Build prototypes and test equipment per drawings.
  • Log and distribute copies of results to Engineering and file.
  • Gain a thorough working knowledge of other ANSI, UL, and EC standards. 
  • Properly use and service all lab equipment (both test and prototype development).




  • Masters Degree (or near completion) and Bachelors degree in Materials Science
  • Experience working in a lab environment in either a professional or academic environment
  • Understanding of failure analysis
  • Familiar with microstructural interpretation
  • Familiar with electrochemical testing & corrosion a plus
  • Familiar with powder coating application and testing a plus
  • Possesses knowledge of ASTM test procedures
  • 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 troubleshooting test setups
  • 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


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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