Sensors 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 Fortune 1000 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with a 150 year history and 12,000 employees globally who pride themselves on providing the world with innovative water technology solutions. We are committed to Continuous Improvement, not just in our factories and our processes, but also in our people.

The Corporate Technology Center (CTC) is the innovation nucleus of the organization. The CTC is charged with discovering, innovating, and developing the next big breakthroughs for A. O. Smith led by a talented and knowledgeable ensemble of MS and PhD research scientists and engineers, supported by a highly experienced team of technicians with backgrounds in hardware, software, mechanical and laboratory skills. Our brand-new research facility located in the north-west corner of 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. As a Sensors Research Engineer Co-op, you will work alongside world-class research engineers and experienced technicians to learn how to and directly contribute to the design, build, and/or test of prototype sensor technologies and features for A. O. Smith’s water heating and treatment product lines. You will conduct experiments, analyze data, and troubleshoot test results to generate insights that could lead us to the next big breakthroughs in water technology.

This role is an excellent opportunity for co-operative (co-op) education students who are passionate about research and technology development and are eager to gain real world, hands-on experience under the leadership and mentorship of senior researchers.


  • Sensors Design – work with senior research engineers to scope, develop and build low complexity custom test setups for sensors research projects; may include PCB design, programming, hands-on hardware build.
  • Lab Experiments – under the guidance of senior engineers, perform sensors-oriented laboratory experiments; may include microbiological and chemical analysis.
  • Data Analysis – analyze experimental data to identify trends and collaborate with research team to draw meaningful conclusions from the test results.
  • Debugging – troubleshoot and resolve issues that arise during custom test setup development and lab experimentation.
  • Collaboration – work in a cross-functional team environment including electronics lab technicians and experienced team of researchers to deliver sensors research needs.



  • A minimum of a sophomore standing and the ability to co-op for at least 3 terms.
  • Understanding of electronics, circuits, and basic principles of electrical engineering and computer programming.
  • Comfortable in both electronics and wet lab environments; can run lab experiments and capture test data under supervision of senior staff.
  • Ability to work independently with support from senior staff.
  • Familiarity or prior experience with Python, C++, MATLAB, and Arduino a plus.
  • Prior experience working in a chemistry, biochemistry, or microbiology lab also a plus.

Desired Characteristics

  • Hands-On:  Enjoys 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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