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Applications Engineer
Title:Applications Engineer

Reports to:  Sales Manager

A support role for the sales department assisting in the development of design concepts; estimating project cost for workholding, precision machining, and custom automation solutions.


  • Reviews requests for quotations, project specifications, and supporting documentation; understanding our customers’ needs.
  • Conducts feasibility studies, when applicable.
  • Develops concepts that include:
    1. Automation:
      1. Develop 2d and 3d layouts, cycle time estimates, address critical assembly processes, and determines manual/automatic functions.
      2. Must have knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, and machine controls.
    2. Workholding:
      1. Develop 3d concepts based on customer part prints, GD&T, and customer supplied processes.  
      2. An understanding of CNC machines including, machine strokes, machine weight requirements, and a base understanding of machining processes.
      3. Must have knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Evaluates the simplicity of a solution and suggests ways to make a project more efficient and cost-effective for the customer.
  • Suggests prototyping, simulations, and cycle-time estimates, when applicable.
  • Conducts design reviews with the customer and collaborates on the concept; makes changes where necessary.
  • Works with vendors to secure material costs and lead times.
  • Uses cost-estimating spreadsheet to provide accurate costs of material and labor.
  • Prepares detailed written proposals.
  • Updates CRM software throughout the estimating and proposal process.
  • Communicates with Sales Engineer and the customer to clarify all critical needs are met.
  • Addresses discrepancies or exceptions, lists assumptions made during proposal, and communicates differences in terms and conditions.
  • Reviews pricing and proposals with Sales Engineer, making adjustments where needed.


  • Four years or more of education and/or experience in the automation and special machine/workholding industry preferred.
    • BS in ME, EE, ET or equivalent engineering experience desired.
  • Mechanical/controls design and project management experience is a plus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Must be highly organized.
  • Must be a strong collaborator with internal and external teams.
  • Must be adept in using Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • SolidWorks experience strongly desired.

Typical office environment.  Some travel to customer facilities is necessary.

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