Senior Project Engineer - HVAC&R

Date: Apr 12, 2024

Location: Milwaukee, WI, US, 53224

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

A. O. Smith Corporation, founded over 100 years ago in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a diversified manufacturer serving customers worldwide.  The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of residential and commercial water heating and water treating equipment, offering a comprehensive line featuring the best-known brands in the industry.  A. O. Smith employs approximately 18,600 people at facilities in the United States, Mexico, China, Canada, India, and Europe, with sales in excess of $2.5 billion.  A. O. Smith (AOS) is traded on the NYSE.

A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.  It values people who can analyze problems and take rapid, decisive action.  For more information regarding A. O. Smith, visit our website at

Primary Function

This position will involve advanced analysis and experimentation in improving performance and reliability of both residential and commercial heat pump water heaters (HPWH’s), as well as guiding other research in materials, manufacturing, and electronic controls.  Some travel (10-15%) may be necessary.


  • Oversee all aspects of an engineering project from start to finish so that it is completed on time
  • Perform advanced engineering tasks under limited supervision
  • Assist with product engineering and troubleshooting activities as needed
  • Analyze and identify causes of component failures
  • Lead brainstorming activities and provide technical solutions to meet customer issues
  • Coordinate activities of engineering team, technicians, and prototype shop as necessary
  • Conduct project meetings and prepare reports to communicate the status of the project within
  • and beyond the team
  • Prepare monthly reports detailing progress for top management
  • Collaborate with others on writing patents, papers, or trade secrets
  • Participate in industry groups (e.g. ASHRAE)
  • Other projects and duties as assigned





  • MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering; PhD a plus
  • 5 years relevant industrial experience
  • Strong experimental and analytical HVAC&R system and component background
  • Knowledge of advanced HVAC&R technologies and refrigerants
  • Familiarity with HVAC&R testing methods and associated instrumentation
  • Practical experience with heat transfer and computational fluid dynamics
  • The ability and desire to conduct laboratory studies
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Experience with CAE tools such as MATLAB, LabView, Minitab, EES, CFD or FEA
  • Excellent analytical skills for reviewing and solving complex problems
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and organizational skills
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills to balance multiple projects
  • Conduct oneself professionally and in accordance with A. O. Smith values
  • Six Sigma or FMEA experience a plus

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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