Senior Lab Technician

Date: Jan 28, 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.

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

As a Senior Electronics Lab Technician, you will play a crucial role in our research and development activities by supporting the design, build, and verification of custom electronic test setups for laboratory equipment, conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing test data, and troubleshooting results. Your expertise will help ensure the success of our advanced technology projects for A. O. Smith water heating and treating product lines.


  • Circuit Board Assembly – manually assemble and solder circuit boards including surface-mount and through-hole components; low volume custom boards supporting research experiments.
  • CAD Design – use schematic, layout and routing software such as Altium to design medium complexity circuit boards with guidance from senior research team.
  • Electronic Systems Build – assemble and integrate electronic systems in support of research projects. Includes but not limited to power supplies, sensors, controllers, and wire harnesses.
  • Electronic Troubleshooting – independently diagnose and resolve issues in electronic systems.
  • Lab Experiments – plan, execute, and collect test data for laboratory experiments using standard electronics lab equipment under the direction of the senior research team.
  • Collaboration – work in a cross-functional team environment including electronics lab technicians and experienced team of researchers to research project experimentation needs.

Role Specific Responsibilities


Associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, or similar field, with 5 years related work experience OR 7 years of related work experience.

  • Significant hands-on experience in circuit card assembly, electronic system build and integration and troubleshooting.
  • Experience with PCB schematic, layout, and routing tools such as Altium or Easy EDA.
  • Experience with lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters, and soldering stations.
  • Familiarity with developing test hardware and software on platforms such as National Instruments/LabView, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi a plus.
  • Familiarity with data analysis software tools such as MATLAB or Python a plus.
  • Ability to run lab experiments and capture necessary test data.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks concurrently, and assist in defining the scope of assigned tasks in an electronics lab setting.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.



Associate Degree in Related Field
High School Diploma or GED

Years of Experience

Minimum of 5 years related work experience

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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