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Working As A Lead Application Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $106,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Application Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become A Lead Application Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical 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 to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.9 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Head Engineer 3.8 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Application Lead 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Lead Application Engineer
Consultant 4.2%
Internship 2.8%
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Average Yearly Salary
$106,000
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$86,000
Min 10%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
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Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Lead Application Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Application Engineer in the United States is $106,494 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $86,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

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Real Lead Application Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Applications Engineer Kenandy, Inc. Sep 28, 2015 $150,000
Lead Corporate Application Engineer Ansys, Inc. Aug 28, 2015 $145,392
Lead Engineer/Economist-Application Manager Nexant, Inc. Dec 20, 2016 $145,044
Application Lead Engineer LYFT Inc. Oct 01, 2014 $140,000
Applications Lead Engineer LYFT Inc. Oct 27, 2014 $140,000 -
$150,000
Senior Lead Applications Engineer Medidata Solutions, Inc. Mar 03, 2016 $140,000
Lead Application Engineer Ansys, Inc. Oct 16, 2015 $135,637 -
$155,000
Lead Engineer, Applications Power Integrations, Inc. Jan 10, 2016 $134,618 -
$155,000
Lead Application Engineer Atrenta, Inc. Apr 19, 2013 $133,328 -
$150,000
Principal Lead Application Software Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Feb 25, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Lead Application Engineer Biogen, Inc. Jun 29, 2015 $130,000
Applications Engineer Lead California Independent System Operator Corporation Oct 05, 2016 $126,500
Applications Engineer Lead California Independent System Operator Corporation Feb 05, 2016 $126,500
Applications Engineer-Team Lead PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Sep 01, 2015 $116,314
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Oct 05, 2015 $116,312 -
$146,900
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Aug 10, 2015 $116,101 -
$146,900
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Aug 17, 2015 $116,101 -
$146,900
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Jun 15, 2015 $116,101 -
$146,900
Lead Java Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Feb 25, 2013 $116,000
Lead Java Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. May 10, 2015 $116,000
Lead Applications Engineer Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporati Sep 11, 2014 $107,756 -
$133,129
Lead Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Mar 20, 2015 $107,110
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. May 16, 2016 $106,640 -
$146,900
Lead SAP Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Jan 02, 2016 $105,706
Lead Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Oct 01, 2015 $105,706
Lead Applications Engineer Intersil Communications LLC Jan 16, 2015 $105,394
Lead Applications Engineer Atoptech, Inc. Mar 07, 2014 $105,394
Lead Java Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Mar 11, 2013 $105,300

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Top Skills for A Lead Application Engineer

  1. Web Application
  2. Technical Support
  3. Data Centers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Resolved web application issues escalated from customer support with a 100% success rate.
  • Assisted in the creation of a virtual technician database called Expert Surfer that reduced the number of technical support calls dramatically.
  • Analyzed and documented how complex legacy systems were originally configured and duplicate or upgrade equivalent systems in new data centers.
  • Designed and Developed Pl/SQL stored procedures to implement common database transactions.
  • Increased service revenue by 37% in 2005 and 53% in 2006 by leading improvements in customer service.

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Top 10 Best States for Lead Application Engineers

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  2. Maryland
  3. Virginia
  4. Arizona
  5. California
  6. District of Columbia
  7. New Mexico
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Lead Application Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.9%

Female

13.2%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

51.4%

Asian

20.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

12.5%

German

12.5%

Spanish

12.5%

French

12.5%

Carrier

12.5%

Cheyenne

12.5%

Dutch

12.5%

Cantonese

12.5%
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Lead Application Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

10.4%

Arizona State University

8.3%

Louisiana Tech University

6.3%

University of Cincinnati

6.3%

Cornell University

6.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.3%

Washington State University

4.2%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.2%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

4.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.2%

University of California - Berkeley

4.2%

Valparaiso University

4.2%

University of Oklahoma

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Porter and Chester Institute of Branford

4.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.2%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.2%

Rice University

2.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.3%

Mechanical Engineering

18.0%

Business

10.5%

Management

8.3%

Computer Science

7.5%

Information Technology

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Project Management

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Chemical Engineering

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Physics

2.3%

Systems Engineering

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Social Sciences

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Biomedical Engineering

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Masters

34.4%

Certificate

5.1%

Associate

5.1%

Doctorate

3.8%

Diploma

2.5%

High School Diploma

1.9%
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