Systems Engineer I, Electronics - Rotational Technical Excellence Program

12001 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA Req #1920
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Working at Watlow

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a great living and be part of a thriving cross functional community? Watlow is a global technology and manufacturing leader who provides world class engineering expertise through innovative thermal products and systems, enabling our customers to thrive. We are making a positive impact every day as our solutions enrich the lives of people everywhere. We have been providing breakthrough thermal solutions for nearly a century. Our corporate values guide us uncompromisingly to always do the right thing, continually learn and improve, respect everyone and lead with service and humility.

The Rotational Technical Excellence Program (RTEP) is a two-year rotational commitment designed to develop and accelerate the next generation of engineers. Our Systems Engineer will start their rotation in Winona, Minnesota focused on temperature controllers, power switching, and systems, and rotate to Saint Louis, Missouri in the second year. Following completion of the rotational program, the final location for this team member will be St. Louis, Missouri. As you move through the rotation you won’t be alone.  A team leader, mentor, and ambassador will be by your side to keep you on the road to succeed. PLUS – you’ll be building long lasting friendships with other new engineers in the RTEP program. Following the completion of the program you’ll take the technical and leadership skills gained from the rotation and transition into a non-rotational role.

About the Program

Year 1 – Winona, Minnesota

  • This year will be focused on building your controls foundation.
  • One of your main focus areas will be understanding Watlow’s current temperature controllers, power switches, and systems and how to apply them to solve thermal problems.
  • You will work on a technology and product development team to advance our next generation of control products and systems.
  • You will develop the necessary relationships with our electronics and controls team members in Winona so you can bring that knowledge to St. Louis
  • You will learn about all the functions in Watlow including hardware, software, firmware, and mechanical.


Year 2 – Saint Louis, Missouri

  • This year will be focused on full thermal systems and applying what you learned in year 1.
  • You will use your controls knowledge from year 1 to design, build, test and analyze thermal systems with a specific focus on the controls part of the system.
  • You will develop design approaches with a systems mindset.
  • You will gain more working knowledge of control systems and thermodynamics


Across both years, it will be key for you to grow your technical leadership skills in systems with a specific focus on electronics. Accelerate development work for ATS at Watlow, team up with New Product Development teams across multiple Watlow sites to research, design, produce, and test innovative new systems that will improve performance and increase value for our customers. Watlow’s Adaptive Thermal Systems are a suite of technologies that rely on deep advanced materials science knowledge and application.


Daily Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the full thermal system (heaters, sensors, controls, etc.) 
  • Partnering with Supply Chain (inside/outside) to develop “best sourcing” options 
  • Partnering with Operations to design and build prototypes  
  • Partnering with Marketing to understand customer needs and value propositions
  • Collaborate with New Product Development teams 
  • Work with customers to deploy systems onsite 
  • Lead customer engagements and projects
  • Advance ATS technology by integrating control systems with next generation products and systems
  • Test and evaluate systems for performance, reliability and uniformity.
  • Assist customer as they flow our solutions into their systems


Qualifications to Apply

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, physics with a focus in electronics, computer engineering, or a related degree
  • Availability to start January 2023.
  • Prior internship/co-op experience preferred
  • Ability to relocate for rotational experience. Relocation assistance will be provided.

Benefits: The Watlow Total Compensation Plan

The health, well-being and financial stability of you and your family is a high priority to us.  The Watlow Total Rewards Plan includes competitive compensation and a full range of life and career enhancing benefits:

  • Annual Achievement Award
  • 401(k) plan that includes a company match on your contribution and an annual company contribution that is tied to company performance
  • Onsite wellness clinic
  • Wellness incentives
  • Employee Personal Assistance Program
  • Dental, medical, vision and short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Paid holidays, personal time, and vacation
  • Parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement


Diversity & Inclusion

We proactively embrace diversity in all its dimensions across our company and cultivate a culture of inclusion and forward thinking that respects and reflects each team member’s individual strengths, views, and experiences. Watlow takes pride in being an inclusive equal opportunity employer and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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  • Job Family Engineering
  • Pay Type Salary
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  • 12001 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA