Principal Engineer – Advanced Technology Systems & Controls



Aprilaire is an industry leading provider of healthy air solutions who is committed to our mission; everyone deserves healthy air. You will join a team of professionals who are passionate, customer focused, adaptable, and leading the way for new HVAC technologies and innovative thinking. We are proud to be in over 7 million homes and look forward to our continued success. Give your career a breath of fresh air today and consider joining our team!


Aprilaire is currently seeking a Principal Engineer- Systems & Control Engineer / Advanced Technology Leader who has a passion for product research, development, and innovation.


In this role, you will explore and develop innovative technologies and product opportunities that can be commercialized, and aligned with Aprilaire’s overall company strategy. You'll apply your knowledge of products and systems, building sciences, codes and regulations, and customer needs to guide and influence Aprilaire strategic product direction and provide the highest level of IAQ at the best value, with simple and easy to use controls.



  • Builds and manages a world-class technology research and technology structure in systems and controls.
  • Interfaces with marketing and sales for opportunity analysis. Develops and aligns the organization to a 5+ year technology road map and research strategy.
  • Conceptualizes and communicates system level products and concepts. Understands product strengths and weaknesses and how they work together along with the HVAC system, IoT and building practices, including smart homes.
  • Develops algorithms and systems that help manage and optimize multiple devices/sensors, specifically to improve indoor air quality.
  • Provides guidance to the organization on capabilities and strengths of current systems and improvements needed to make the system stronger, feature rich, simple to use, and above all, robust.
  • Challenges status quo by exploring and maturing new system architectures and associated enabling technologies.
  • Manages system and component technology evaluation, prototyping, risk reduction and feasibility demonstration.
  • Drives evaluation of new technologies related to products, sensors, algorithms, data management/analytics etc.
  • Develops new test environments and methods to characterize capabilities of new technologies.
  • Effectively partners with Engineering & Technology team members early to transfer proven technologies and facilitate their incorporation into next generation products.
  • Drives progress utilizing an influential and collaborative approach.
  • Monitors documentation maintenance throughout all phases of research and development.
  • Monitors the use of experimental techniques to develop well-designed, documented experiments that are statistically meaningful and use the standards during component development phase.
  • Organizes the coordination of activities with outside suppliers and consultants to ensure timely delivery.
  • Identifies, tracks and evaluates emerging technologies in startups and academic groups that we may want to invest in or partner with.



If the below describes “Me!” apply today: 

  • Ability to inspire a team with your vision and directrion 
  • Highly collaborative and able to communicate at all levels of the organization
  • An ability to rationalize complex system problems into order free, executable and deliverable pieces.
  • Ability to thrive in white space environments to create product visions, technology down selection and feasibility evaluation.
  • Track record of innovation, including demonstrated capability to drive breakthrough technology through feasibility and successful commercialization.
  • Ability to think strategically, evaluate market opportunities, build and manage a world class research and development unit, systems and controls, track project progress, innovate, and develop technical solutions
  • Experience with mechanical, electrical, system integration, high-volume manufacturing, project management, organizing technology strategies/roadmaps and identifying and evaluating partnership opportunities.
  • A solid technical background in humidification, dehumidification, air filtration, ventilation, zoning, building & implementing algorithms, sensors, architected /engineered products is desired.
  • Familiar with the IoT platform space with knowledge of smart home systems, data management and other key IoT technologies
  • Experience in the area of psychometrics, thermodynamics, air flow, control algorithm development and execution, data gathering, analysis and presentation, human health and comfort is required.
  • Understanding of electric circuits, embedded controls, and algorithms desired.
  • HVAC system design and application knowledge desired. Also, building science, mostly residential (multi-family and plus), knowledge and experience desired.
  • Strong data analytics desired.
  • Experience with residential building practices and codes, including experience working with code bodies in the development or modifications of codes and standards a plus.


A GREAT PLACE TO WORK FOR ALL!  At Aprilaire, a division of Research Products Corporation, our employees are our most important resource. That's why we offer comprehensive benefits and unique perks, and why we create a shared purpose in giving back to our communities.


We care about your health by providing...

a comprehensive health insurance plan 

dental and vision insurance

flexible spending account

progressive wellness programming for you and your family (including fitness programs and incentives) 

paid sick leave

a safe working environment that protects you during the COVID pandemic


We care about your wellbeing by providing...

vacation and holiday pay

summer hours

dress for the day (casual dress code)

free coffee and popcorn

employee discounts on Aprilaire products

a fantastic team environment


We care when you need it most by providing...

company-sponsored short and long term disability plans

employee assistant program

identity theft protection

bereavement pay


We care about your financial wellness by providing...

401(k) with company match and generous profit sharing

three types of life insurance coverage

college savings plan

scholarship awards


We care about your growth by providing...

tuition reimbursement program

learning and development opportunities


We care about our community by...

giving back to local charities through fundraising, volunteering, and charitable events

sponsoring employees and immediate family members for their participation in charitable events


Aprilaire, a Division of Research Product Corporation Locations


Corporate Headquarters  

1015 East Washington Avenue

Madison, WI 53703


Engineering Technology Center 

130 South Ingersoll Street

Madison, WI 53703





Applicants have rights under federal and state employment laws:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  En Español

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  En Español

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)  En Español

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  En Español


Aprilaire is an E-Verify company 



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