GE Appliances, a Haier company Principal Platform Engineer-Water Heaters in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Principal Platform Engineer-Water Heaters

The Challenge

This opportunity is for an experienced and innovative Principal Platform and Program Manager. This is a hands-on engineering position in the Water Heater Technology group specializing in the design and development of new high efficiency gas water heater platforms. The engineer will be involved in design, prototyping, documentation, testing and evaluation of our next generation gas water heater platforms.

What you will Do

Essential Responsibilities

  • Responsible for scoping, mentoring and leading development of all gas water heater product families

  • Guide and shape product specifications for new gas water heater development teams

  • Provide program management of design and support function team members

  • Provide leadership and oversight of gas water heater platforms optimizing for safety, energy efficiency, performance, reliability, and cost while driving lean manufacturing principles

  • Provide leadership in, and a working knowledge of the Department of Energy (DOE), ANSI/CSA gas water heater standards and tests and provide recommendations to improve our performance in these tests

  • Understand and convey gas combustion principles

  • Understand manufacturability of component and subsystem designs

  • Baseline and study competitor designs and product performance

  • Ensure proper testing and evaluation of design configurations, with clean documentation of results

  • Specify and Guide development of gas water heater laboratory infrastructure and equipment

  • Guide factory process and equipment planning to ensure product safety, performance and reliability expectations are met

  • Understand and navigate the patent landscape regarding water heater technologies

  • Provide leadership in understanding of industry standards and specifications regarding conformance, codes, methods and performance related tests

  • Work within a cross functional group of engineering, marketing, sales, quality, sourcing and manufacturing to develop specifications for new innovative products and guide strategic technical direction

What you need to Succeed


  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent technical degree.

  • 10 years minimum experience; minimum 5 years experience in product design and development, plus an additional 5 years platform and/or program leadership, including gas combustion and FVIR development

  • Self-starter with solid written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills with a passion for learning

  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional organization

  • Ability to work in a global environment

  • Fluent use of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word software packages

  • Working knowledge of PTC (Pro/Engineer) Creo 3D design software

Desired Characteristics

  • MS degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • 20+ years experience in product design and development.

  • Design experience with water heaters or related water heater technologies

  • Exposure to boiler, HVAC, hydronic industry, cooking appliances or gas combustion products

  • Knowledge of water heater industry performance evaluation methods

  • Experience designing parts with Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks, Unigraphics NX, or other software

  • Ability to design, build, and execute a test plan and clearly present data to a diverse group and openly debate technical issues

  • Ability to quickly frame up a problem by developing a test set up with instrumentation, developing and running experiments, and providing recommendations

  • Ability to work multiple design options in parallel and use engineering logic to narrow selection to optimum design.

  • Six Sigma experience

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.