Materials Engineering Co-op

Date: Jun 22, 2024

Location: Milwaukee, WI, US, 53224

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

A. O. Smith is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water heating and water treatment technologies. We are a $3.8 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.

The Corporate Technology Center (CTC) is the innovative nucleus of the organization. The CTC is charged with discovering, innovating, and developing the next big breakthroughs for A. O. Smith led by a collection of research engineers, material scientists, and experienced technicians. The brand-new research facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin consists of state-of-the-art laboratories, collaborative workspaces and a friendly environment to empower our team to push technology limits.

Primary Function

Join A.O. Smith's Corporate Technology Center and gain unparalleled experience at the innovative nucleus of the organization. The A. O. Smith Materials Engineering Co-op program allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you're learning in college while contributing to exciting, real-world and industry specific projects.  We will provide hands-on experience to fit your career objectives, complement your academic work, and enhance your learning.

This role is an excellent opportunity for co-operative education students who are passionate about material selection and design, metallurgy, and prefer gaining hands-on experience under the leadership of senior researchers and engineers.


  • Assist in the development of alternative materials for water heaters and water treatment and air purification systems.
  • Run and analyze experiments to test materials and processes.
  • Metallographic preparation and analysis of various metals.
  • Mechanical testing and analysis of materials.
  • Assist/conduct failure analyses of product components.
  • Assist in the development of new joining processes.
  • Provide technical assistance on materials and related process issues when requested.
  • Demonstrates ability to respond quickly and appropriately to the needs as identified.    
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.




  • Currently enrolled in accredited college/university for Materials Engineering, a Metallurgical  Engineering program, or similar field.
  • A minimum of a sophomore standing and the ability to co-op for at least 3 terms.
  • Conscientious & dependable, with the ability to work on small teams as well as independently.
  • Proficiency with personal computers and MS Office Products (Word, Excel, etc).
  • A sincere interest in materials/metallurgical engineering care


Desired Characteristics

  • Hands-On:  prefers working in a laboratory environment, building equipment, running tests.
  • Critical Thinker:  problem-solver, thrives in ambiguous scenarios, gleans ideas from limited data.
  • Self-Driven:  organize, prioritize and help define tasks for oneself, accountable, dependable.
  • Ethical:  treats others fairly and respectfully, obeys the law, trustworthy, lives A. O. Smith values.
  • Communicator:  effective oral and written communication skills, ability to convey advanced concepts to a technical audience.



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