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A Tradition of Engineering Excellence

Watlow was founded in 1922, and was built on the family’s passion to “be the best.” This dedication created a steady stream of new products, a devoted and capable workforce and steady growth.

Today, 90 years later, we continue to strive to “be the best” by following the principles of Lean, an organizational philosophy that promotes continuous improvement. We call it the Watlow Way. The Watlow Way takes us back to our roots because it is a people-centric strategy that drives us toward stronger technical capabilities and continuous improvement, with the ultimate goal of creating superior thermal solutions for our customers.

The World’s Leading Companies Start With Watlow 

As a product leadership company, we are industry leaders in the field of thermal sciences and engineering, with over $430 million in annual sales, manufacturing thermal systems for a broad range of industries. Our vision is the world’s leading companies start with Watlow for all their thermal needs. We are focused on making a positive impact around the world, as we help to clean our air, connect people worldwide, power the globe and improve the quality of life.

Since 1922, Watlow has grown in product capability, market experience and global reach. We hold more than 450 patents and employ 2,000 employees worldwide with 12 manufacturing and technology facilities in the United States, Mexico and Asia.  We also have sales offices in 15 countries around the world. Our company has grown at an exponential rate but our commitment remains the same—to provide our customers with superior products and services for their individual needs.

A Deep Understanding of Customer Applications 

At Watlow we customize our products based on experience and knowledge of how they perform in a variety of applications. Watlow’s advanced heater, sensor and controller products are developed into comprehensive thermal solutions for a variety of industries:

-Semiconductor processing
-Energy processes
-Diesel emissions
-Foodservice equipment
-Life sciences
-Chambers / Furnaces / Ovens

Our customers receive the highest level of technical engineering combined with exceptional customer service. Watlow’s talented engineers use their strong technical capabilities to build innovative products, and our ultimate goal is to achieve product leadership in targeted areas.

Our Corporate Responsibility

Governance: At Watlow, we aim to lead by example. We set high standards for our team members at all levels of the organization and strive to consistently meet or exceed our customers’ expectations. We are guided by the behaviors, values and principles of the Watlow Way and we regularly review our internal systems to ensure that we are always striving to achieve internationally recognized best practices.

Do What is Right: One of the most distinctive and enduring tenets of Watlow’s culture is our unwavering commitment to honesty and integrity in our business operations. We strive to conduct ourselves with the highest ethical and moral standards in mind. Our success in the marketplace is a result of the high standards we employ, and we take pride in the solid reputation Watlow enjoys as a result. All of us in the Watlow family are expected to “Do What is Right,” one of our Watlow Way values, to use our common sense and best judgment in conducting business, and to seek guidance if the best course of action is not clear. This code of conduct ensures not only compliance with applicable laws, but to make certain that our actions reflect the type of company Watlow has worked for generations to become.

Diversity: Each day at Watlow we are guided by our Value of “Respect Everyone.” Watlow embraces diversity and it is an integral part of who we are as a company, how we operate and how we see our future. As a global and multicultural organization, we work diligently to provide all our team members with equal access to information, resources, personal development, job growth and opportunities.

Our diverse work teams bring high value to Watlow with their rich and varied backgrounds, experiences, talents and ideas. In turn, that diversity of thought and creativity ensures diverse ways of looking at problems and helping our customers and each other. At Watlow by respecting individual and cultural differences we are creating a competitive edge that will ensure Watlow’s long-term health and allow our team members to be their best.

Community: Watlow believes in helping people improve the quality of life in their communities. Each year, we partner with a variety of civic organizations, educational institutions and other businesses to help support programs in the communities where we live and work. With a focus on safety, the environment and education, we try to offer people the tools they will need to make a difference, both today as well as tomorrow.

Watlow also encourages our employees to get involved in community activities. Each year, Watlow employees donate clothes, food, time, labor, skills and money to a wide variety of charitable organizations around the world.


Valuing our team members 

It is important to Watlow to meet the needs of our team members and families. Watlow offers market competitive pay, profit sharing, tuition reimbursement, and a 401(k) plan that includes a company match on your contribution and an annual company contribution that is tied to company performance. Onsite wellness clinics, dental and medical insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation, and short-term and long term disability insurance are also part of the Watlow Total Compensation Plan.


Join our growing team 

Watlow is dedicated to developing the talent of our team members. A career with Watlow will set you on a path of personal growth and professional opportunity. You will work in a culture that was founded on “being the best,” and you will help continue that tradition. You will discover that our people are truly our most important asset.

Watlow Team Members celebrate successfully earning Lean Silver Certification

Why is Watlow different?

You know your abilities and talents allow you to be selective when looking for a career. You may have looked at a variety of web sites that offer job opportunities. If you are not willing to settle for just finding a good job, you have come to the right place. At Watlow, we help people build great careers. 

  • We are a privately-held, family-owned business that has been around for over 90 years.
  • We are financially strong. This promotes stability in our operations, and the ability to manage the business with a strategic focus, while balancing short and long term goals. 
  • In North America, we are the market leader in our industry. 
  • We are a global business, and we are growing significantly in Europe, Mexico and Asia.   
  • We use Lean enterprise principles as a growth strategy; not a cost reduction strategy. 

Our selection process is designed to identify candidates who can make an immediate contribution to our success, and who take an active interest in learning and continuing to develop.

If you are among those who see a horizon beyond next year, you may be Watlow material. We would certainly appreciate the opportunity to review your credentials. We invite you to review our current vacancies and apply through this site.

Why get a job when you can have a career? 

Watlow is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

If you would like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law Poster  and the “EEO is the Law” Poster Supplement.

If you are an applicant with a disability and need an accommodation in connection with the on-line application process, please email us.

Replies will not be sent to any inquiry submitted to the email that is unrelated to a request for an accommodation due to a disability.

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