Applications Engineer

Rolling Meadows, IL

Post Date: 07/18/2017 Job ID: KP11238 Industry: Manufacturing/Engineering

The role of the Applications Engineer is to work directly with our sales and management teams to develop world class automation solutions that ensure we win each and every program we quote. The Applications role has the ideal balance of both the technical and commercial aspects of our business. In this position, you will lead and participate in the following activities:
  • Proposal Management (similar to Project Management)
  • Equipment concept development based on your automation knowledge and standards developed at the company
  • Development of customer relationships, representing the company's technical capabilities to the customer
  • Preparing costs for multiple solutions
  • Proposal development
  • Providing input to proposal capture teams and implementing sales strategies


  • Responsible for conceptual development, preparation of cost model and writing detailed technical proposals for all types of automation equipment and projects.

  • Involves key members of engineering management in cost models and conceptual layout, in projects where technical complexity is large.

  • Assists engineers and other technical staff in design and development of products, systems, processes and equipment by analyzing technical problems and working closely to customer specifications.

  • Involves third party vendors and suppliers in the quoting process, where necessary.

  • Travels to the customer's site to assist in project or product development, working with engineering design specifications, objectives and standards.

  • Provides sales presentations to customer personnel, when required.

  • Obtains and prepares detailed estimates of time, quantities, labor and material costs required for work areas such as; product design, testing, machine building, equipment installations and manufacturing processes.

  • Assembles and collects all necessary technical information and customer specifications from engineering and sales & marketing, in order to prepare detailed proposals.

  • Assists in special projects in support for engineering and sales and marketing.

  • Adequately defines scope of work in proposals to allow project manager and project team to begin work on system.

  • Meets agreed upon goals and objectives in a timely manner.

  • Arrives to work, meetings, appointments, and other work-related functions on time and as scheduled.

  • Maintain International Standardization Organization (ISO) standards.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    (Peripheral Duties):

  • Assists and attends technical seminars and industry exhibitions.

  • Assists in formulating departmental strategic plan.

    (Health, Safety, & Environmental):

  • Work in compliance with divisional Health, Safety, and Environmental Procedures.

  • Refrain from removing or altering safety devices or guarding unless hazardous energies are controlled through Lockout-Tagout methods.

  • Report any unsafe conditions or unsafe acts.

  • Report any defect in any equipment or protective device.

  • Ensure that the required protective equipment is used for the assigned task.

  • Attend all required Health, Safety, and Environmental training.

  • Report any accidents/incidents, including near misses to your supervisor.

  • Assist in investigating any accidents/incidents or near misses if requested.

  • Refrain from engaging in any unruly conduct.

  • Ensure that equipment, materials and protective devices are functioning in a safe manner.

  • Ensure that employees are working in accordance with divisional health and safety procedures.

  • Applies progressive discipline as appropriate for health, safety and/or environmental violations.

  • Advise employees of the existence of any potential or actual health and safety risks.

  • Provide appropriate instruction for safe work.

  • Take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of employees.

  • Conduct periodic inspections and audits in accordance with legislative and/or corporate requirements.

  • Conduct accident/incident investigations, prepare necessary reports and communicate to line management, health and safety personnel and health and safety committee.

  • Ensure that all employees, including temporary workers and contractors, adhere to safety requirements including the use of personal protective equipment.

  • Support activities and initiatives outlined by the Joint Health and Safety Committee.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial design/Engineering or equivalent.


  • Three years’ experience in mechanical/electrical systems design and applications engineering, working knowledge of material handling, robotics, machine controls and manufacturing engineering and processes. Requires solid technical assessment and presentation skills, knowledge of preparing complex proposals and quotes.

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and design tools such as 2D and 3D software ACAD or Solidworks.

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