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Working As A Lead Application Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $112,348

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Application Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Lead Application Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Application Lead 2.9 years
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Lead Application Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.2%

Female

13.1%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

50.9%

Asian

21.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

5.8%
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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

Arizona State University

8.6%

University of Phoenix

8.6%

San Jose State University

6.9%

Purdue University

6.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.9%

Louisiana Tech University

5.2%

Temple University

5.2%

West Virginia University

5.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.2%

Florida Atlantic University

5.2%

George Mason University

5.2%

Regis University

3.4%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.4%

Northwest-Shoals Community College - Muscle Shoals

3.4%

University of Washington

3.4%

Texas Tech University

3.4%

Tulane University

3.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.4%

Robert Morris University

3.4%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.0%

Mechanical Engineering

14.7%

Business

12.6%

Computer Science

10.5%

Management

5.3%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Engineering

4.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Information Technology

3.2%

Information Systems

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Computer Networking

2.1%

Physics

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.1%

Writing

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Systems Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.1%

Masters

37.0%

Other

10.5%

Associate

6.7%

Doctorate

3.8%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Lead Application Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Applications Engineer Kenandy, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 28, 2015 $150,000
Lead Corporate Application Engineer Ansys, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 28, 2015 $145,392
Lead Engineer/Economist-Application Manager Nexant, Inc. Chandler, AZ Dec 20, 2016 $145,044
Applications Lead Engineer LYFT Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 27, 2014 $140,000 -
$150,000
Senior Lead Applications Engineer Medidata Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Mar 03, 2016 $140,000
Application Lead Engineer LYFT Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2014 $140,000
Lead Application Engineer Ansys, Inc. Berkeley, CA Oct 16, 2015 $135,637 -
$155,000
Lead Engineer, Applications Power Integrations, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 10, 2016 $134,618 -
$155,000
Lead Application Engineer Atrenta, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 19, 2013 $133,328 -
$150,000
Lead Application Engineer Biogen, Inc. Parkton, NC Jun 29, 2015 $130,000
Principal Lead Application Software Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, MA Feb 25, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Applications Engineer Lead California Independent System Operator Corporation Wheeling, IL Oct 05, 2016 $126,500
Applications Engineer Lead California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Feb 05, 2016 $126,500
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 05, 2015 $116,312 -
$146,900
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 17, 2015 $116,101 -
$146,900
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 10, 2015 $116,101 -
$146,900
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 15, 2015 $116,101 -
$146,900
Lead Java Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Feb 25, 2013 $116,000
Lead Java Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR May 10, 2015 $116,000
Lead Applications Engineer Intersil Communications LLC Milpitas, CA Jan 20, 2015 $115,294
Lead Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Mar 20, 2015 $107,110
Lead Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Plano, TX May 16, 2016 $106,640 -
$146,900
Lead Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Oct 01, 2015 $105,706
Lead SAP Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Jan 02, 2016 $105,706
Lead Applications Engineer Intersil Communications LLC Milpitas, CA Jan 16, 2015 $105,394
Lead Applications Engineer Atoptech, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 07, 2014 $105,394
Lead Java Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Mar 11, 2013 $105,300
Lead Java Application Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Mar 28, 2013 $105,000

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  1. Web
  2. Technical Support
  3. Application Engineers
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  • Developed and integrated new functionality into Struts based web application deployed across a clustered WebSphere Application Server Environment.
  • Recognized for outstanding customer technical support.
  • Trained and mentored 4 new application engineers for centrifugal compressor and gas turbine product lines ensuring consistent and productive operations.
  • Access Database & Graphical User Interface development and administration.
  • Provided Configuration Management and client related application deployment support to 350K client computers.

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