An applications engineer figures out how to make a customer's request work with the equipment available.

Are you creative, persistent, and good with numbers? Can you look at an idea from every possible perspective? If that sounds like you, you’ll make a great applications engineer. Your job will be to make sure that the products and ideas created by other engineers and designers are actually useful and functional in real-life situations. You’ll put your knowledge of mathematical formulas and engineering principles to use in creating tests and standards for the products your company manufactures.

Applications engineers are mostly involved in the beginning stage of the manufacturing process, when customers approach the company with a need and engineers set to work to create the best solution. You’ll consider what the customer is asking for, holding meetings and brainstorming sessions if necessary, and then create prototypes that show how the product will work in the real world. If changes are needed, you’ll have the technical drawings and CAD software skills to design a more functional product. Because your job involves challenging the ideas of others, you’ll also need to be able to communicate your ideas clearly through writing, speaking, and drawing.

Any future employer will require that you have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a specific area of engineering. Many will look for certification and additional coursework, and most will expect you to have hands-on experience with designing and manufacturing processes. If you dedicate yourself to a four-year degree, you can end up with an exciting job as an applications engineer.

Also Known As:

Supply Director, Operations Director, Senior Engineer

Critical Skills


  • CAD or AutoCAD Software
  • Computers
  • Design Processes
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Mathematics
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety


  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Systems Analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Working with Technology

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure that customer requirements are technically feasible
  • Set the appropriate scope and schedule expectations
  • Act as liaison between client engineering and customer
  • Engineering to ensure accurate specification interpretation.
  • Initiate internal review and necessary changes of specifications
  • Design new products using CAD
  • Capture changes in customer demands, designs and specifications
  • Analyze and interpret product specs/customer needs
  • Assist with internal and external technical training
  • Preparation of application notes and marketing literature


  • Budgets
  • Leadership
  • Process Improvement
  • Projects

How to get this job

PMP Certification, work in Customer Service/Sales MBA is generally required at this level or MS in Engineering with emphasis on Marketing/Sales/ or Solutions.

Next Steps for this job

PMP Certification, LEAN/Six Sigma, time management, take on project management work.

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