Share this Job

Prototype Technician

Date: Dec 23, 2020

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

Designs, arranges, and builds experimental subassemblies and prototype models requiring a high degree of accuracy. Analyzes engineering specifications, sketches, and drawings and applies information to construct special tools or fittings to build models. Acts as a mentor within the group who will train less experienced prototype technicians and will also collaborate with engineers throughout the design process.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  1. Use independent thinking in order to collaborate with engineers on prototype and fabrication decisions
  2. Lead engineers through the prototype design process and offers alternative design approaches
  3. Provide technical support to local site and operating units as necessary to maintain excellent communication with all outside personnel involved.
  4. Design and fabricate new products and processes in order to improve and maintain existing products.
  5. May conduct design analysis on components and/or assemblies to assist in the development process by ensuring designs are cost efficient, manufactural, and reliable.
  6. Assist designer and engineers in development work, including skilled fitting, timing adjustment, fabrication and construction of tools.
  7. Coordinate and prioritize tasks within the department.
  8.  Produce complex designs using CAD tools and fabricate the protoypes in the lab.
  9.  Prepare detailed drawings of products from sketches using software tools, ensuring that drawings incorporate all design features and maintain the product style.
  10.  Other duties may be assigned as needed.


  • Fabrication, welding and machining skills
  • Ability to use computer software including MS Office, CAD, and SolidWorks
  • Ability to read blueprints and work from sketches
  • Ability to  coordinate and prioritize project tasks
  • Effective written & verbal communication


Associate Degree in Related Field

Years of Experience

Minimum of 7 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

Job Segment: Technician, CAD, Drafting, Engineer, Outside Sales, Technology, Engineering, Sales