The Applications Engineer is responsible for developing automation equipment concepts that achieve the sales goals, increase AGR’s share of the marketplace for automation systems manufacturing and lay the groundwork to achieve future sales and profit goals.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All essential functions are subject to reasonable accommodation. Employees needing or requesting reasonable accommodation should contact the Human Resources Manager.

  • Confer with customers and engineers to assess equipment needs and to determine system requirements.
  • Able to translate customer’s automation equipment requests and/or specifications into designs that can be manufactured by AGR.
  • Collaborate with sales to understand customer requirements.
  • Prepare cost/hour estimates using standardized AGR methodologies.
  • Verify with the engineering and manufacturing departments that the proposed automation systems can be designed and produced within projected budgets and deadlines.
  • Work with Sales to prepare, present, sell and close the proposals.
  • Meet customer deadlines.
  • Cultivate long-term relationships with customers and lay the groundwork for continued growth.
  • Ensure expected proposals follow established handoff procedures to Project Management.
  • When appropriate, create and lead a concept development team (sales, engineers, outside contractors, etc.).
  • Develop concepts for new products for AGR that expand profitability and enhance the company’s reputation.
  • Stay on the leading edge of automation system design and technology.
  • Recommend process improvements in company operations.
  • Make sure all data, reports and records are complete, timely, accurate and properly filed.
  • Evaluate existing equipment drawings for developing in field change tooling.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in problem solving situations.
  • Ability to organize and plan.
  • In depth knowledge of complex mechanical equipment, manufacturing methods and operations.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate resources and prioritize work schedules to meet schedule requirements.
  • Ability to communicate well in written, electronic and verbal form.
  • Reliability – can be depended on to consistently complete all job-related tasks.
  • Ability to create layout drawings for proposals in AutoCAD.

Work Environment

  • Occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.
  • Occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.
  • Occasionally exposed to moderate noise level, normally quiet.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Material handling equipment is always available.

  • Regularly required to use hands for a variety of tasks.
  • Must be able to reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.
  • Ability to walk, stand, and sit, occasionally to climb, balance, stoop, kneel.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move 10 pounds.
  • Good vision and eye / hand coordination.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, and typical work hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Overtime is on an as needed basis and at the direction of the Applications/R&D Manager.


Travel with reasonable notice, for installation, training and service work.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in automation equipment engineering and five or more years’ experience in concept development of complex automation systems manufacturing.
  • Sales training a plus.
  • SolidWorks experience a plus.