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Working As An Application Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $85,557

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Engineer Do

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Duties

Industrial engineers typically do the following:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods that are applied and activities that take place in manufacturing and services
  • Figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning in order to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects

Industrial engineers apply their skills to many different situations, from manufacturing to healthcare systems to business administration. For example, they design systems for

  • moving heavy parts within manufacturing plants
  • delivering goods from a company to customers, including finding the most profitable places to locate manufacturing or processing plants
  • evaluating job performance
  • paying workers

Industrial engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors, such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

To find ways to reduce waste and improve performance, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully. Then they use mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements most efficiently.

Their versatility allows industrial engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, industrial engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

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How To Become An Application Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Application Engineer Career Paths

Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Product Manager Product Development Manager
Director Of New Product Development
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator Technical Recruiter
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Account Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Systems Engineer Sales Engineer
Technical Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Sales Engineer 3.7 years
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Project Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.5%
Engineer 5.9%
Consultant 3.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.4%
Engineer 4.7%

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Application Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.2%

Female

13.4%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Asian

15.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.0%

French

9.6%

German

9.6%

Chinese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.5%

Portuguese

6.1%

Japanese

5.3%

Arabic

3.1%

Carrier

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Italian

2.8%

Hindi

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Korean

1.8%

Tamil

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Malay

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Swedish

0.6%
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Application Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.7%

Purdue University

7.7%

Northeastern University

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.1%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

University of Houston

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.1%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

Santa Clara University

3.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.6%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Wayne State University

3.5%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

21.4%

Electrical Engineering

21.1%

Business

11.3%

Computer Science

7.9%

Computer Engineering

4.1%

Chemical Engineering

4.0%

Management

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Engineering

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Project Management

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Information Technology

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.7%

Physics

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

28.3%

Other

12.3%

Associate

5.8%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Application Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Applications Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA May 21, 2015 $200,000
Hardware Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 31, 2016 $187,091
Staff Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 08, 2016 $173,000 -
$193,000
Application Engineer Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 14, 2016 $172,000
Application Engineer (Pre-Sales AE) Keysight Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 09, 2016 $167,634
Application Engineer III Adecco USA, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 06, 2016 $167,294 -
$182,195
Application Engineer III Adecco USA, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 18, 2015 $167,294 -
$182,195
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 12, 2016 $165,000
Mobile Applications Engineer A&D Engineering, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 15, 2016 $164,382
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 25, 2015 $160,564
Application Engineer, Hyperion Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 06, 2016 $160,000 -
$180,000
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 18, 2016 $160,000
Camera Applications Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 26, 2015 $160,000 -
$180,000
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 09, 2015 $106,163 -
$114,400
Application Engineer Expert Advantest America Inc. Richardson, TX Aug 06, 2016 $106,142 -
$111,108
Application Engineer Applied Materials, Inc. Albany, NY Feb 24, 2016 $106,118
Applications Engineer FEI Company Hillsboro, OR Jul 10, 2015 $106,090
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 29, 2015 $106,000 -
$114,400
Applications Engineer Power Integrations San Jose, CA Jun 29, 2015 $106,000 -
$126,000
Applications Engineer Power Integrations San Jose, CA Jul 13, 2015 $106,000 -
$126,000
Web Services Java Application Engineer Genworth North America Corporation Richmond, VA Jul 19, 2015 $105,800
Applications Engineer (Electrical) Rohm Semiconductor USA, LLC Irvine, CA Sep 04, 2015 $85,665
Architecture & Applications Engineer Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 26, 2016 $85,654 -
$99,370
Application Engineer Ansys, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 17, 2016 $85,654 -
$105,000
Project Application Engineer 2 Invensys Systems, Inc. Webster, TX Jul 12, 2015 $85,592 -
$95,094
Application Engineer Belcan Corporation Ann Arbor, MI Sep 11, 2015 $85,567
Application Engineer Altair Engineering, Inc. Troy, MI Aug 26, 2016 $85,560
Applications Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX May 02, 2015 $85,500
Application Engineer NCS Pearson, Inc. Rancho Cordova, CA Oct 01, 2015 $85,465

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  1. New Product Development
  2. Technical Support
  3. Database
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  • Collaborated with 2 engineers in new product development encompassing analysis to prototype phases using CAD software.
  • Provide technical support to customers and sales personal domestically and internationally.
  • Managed and administered 24/7 web server and database environment for digital image library software.
  • Developed and maintained web-based configuration management for the RealPlayer software update service.
  • Created SQL Loader scripts and External tables to load the data from flat files and validated the data with PL/SQL procedures.

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