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A.O. Smith Engineer- Electronics (Hardware) in United States

Engineer- Electronics (Hardware)

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Date: Sep 18, 2023

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37087

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. Founded in 1874, we are a $3.5 billion company that employs more than 12,000 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 a part of a new, state-of-the-art expansion in A. O. Smith’s Product Development Center (PDC in Lebanon, TN) within our Lochinvar facility.

  • You will join a company whose vision brings people together to consistently deliver innovative, high-quality solutions that result in increased customer demand.

  • You will be representing a company that makes products that improve the quality of life and are considered top of the line.

Primary Function

As the Embedded Electronics Hardware Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in designing, developing, and optimizing embedded electronics hardware solutions for our diverse range of products. You will have extensive experience in power supply design and proficiency in using Altium, along with a deep understanding of UL standards, FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis), and design for reliability principles. With a strong foundation in electronics engineering, you will work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to ensure the highest quality and reliability of our electronic systems.


  • Hardware Design: Lead the design and development of embedded electronics hardware for our products, including schematic capture, PCB layout, component selection, and BOM creation.

  • Power Supply Design: Design and optimize power supply circuits to meet the specific requirements of each project, ensuring efficiency, stability, and safety.

  • Altium Proficiency: Utilize Altium Designer software to create and maintain schematics and PCB layouts, ensuring the highest quality designs.

  • Compliance with UL Standards: Ensure that all hardware designs comply with relevant UL standards, certifications, and safety regulations.

  • FMEA Implementation: Conduct and participate in FMEA activities to identify potential failure modes, assess their effects, and implement appropriate design mitigations.

  • Design for Reliability: Apply design for reliability principles to enhance product longevity and minimize maintenance requirements.

  • Prototyping and Testing: Oversee the fabrication of prototypes and perform thorough testing and validation of hardware designs, diagnosing and resolving any issues that arise.

  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of hardware designs, including schematics, PCB layouts, design decisions, and test results.

  • Continuous Improvement: Stay up-to-date with industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices in embedded electronics hardware engineering, and contribute ideas for process improvement.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field.

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in embedded electronics hardware design.

  • Proficiency in Altium Designer software for schematic capture and PCB layout.

  • Strong knowledge of power supply design principles and experience with power management ICs.

  • Familiarity with UL standards and the ability to design for compliance.

  • Experience with FMEA and risk assessment methodologies.

  • Proven track record of designing for reliability in embedded systems.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional certifications or memberships related to electronics engineering.

  • Experience with high-speed digital circuit design.

  • Knowledge of EMI/EMC considerations.

  • Familiarity with design tools such as SPICE simulation software.

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. This role is eligible for a remote work schedule of up to two days remote work per week. New employees are eligible to apply after successfully completing their initial 90 days of employment and training.

ADA Disclaimer (U.S. ONLY)

In developing this job description care was taken to include all competencies needed to successfully perform in this position. However, for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) purposes, the essential functions of the job may or may not have been described for purposes of ADA reasonable accommodation. All reasonable accommodation requests will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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