Applications Engineer

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Plymouth, MI
$90,000 - $105,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Bachelor of Science
May 23, 2018
Job ID
Our client is an international manufacturer of elastomeric automotive components--They have an immediate need for an applications engineer with a strong background in rubber products

Job Summary:
The Application Engineer is the primary technical point of contact to the customer and must maintain a strong presence for Technologies . They must build effective relationships with engineering, quality, and plant personnel. They are expected to identify new technologies where our client can add value to electric vehicle systems including battery, electric propulsion systems, and power control units (e.g. inverters, converter, etc.) They are expected to support customer timing and program deliverables through the use of open issues lists and project timing. They are responsible to review, analyze, and communicate all technical information from and to  product engineers and account managers to ensure that customer deliverables are met. They must challenge both the customer and  to ensure the best solution for both parties are being made. 

Job Responsibilities:

In conjunction with  Lead Centers (LC) and Technology Innovation: 
  • Make recommendations on new technologies needed to grow  sales potential
  • Assist in the development and design of new technologies together with the customer
  • Make recommendations for quality improvements from analysis of warranty parts and data
  • Report results of field investigations and assembly teardowns
  • Work with associated FNST and customer organizations (materials engineering; tribology and lubrication; CAE; program management; etc.)
  • Support component program management meetings with maintenance of open issues list
  • Assist in formal problem resolution with  plant quality personnel
  • Participate in product improvement and cost-reduction initiatives like VA/VE together with customers
  • Build technical relationships with E-Mobility engineers and managers at customer
  • As supplier representative, provide customer with pertinent  contacts at laboratory or plant for design, manufacturing feasibility, quality or materials concerns
  • Ensure timely response and liaison to customer requests including, design development requests, quality issues, test reports, and investigation reports
  • Relate  business or product plans to customer as needed
  • Removes roadblocks in order to capture and launch new business opportunities.
  • Prompt reporting and follow-up of corrective actions to quality problems with FNST product
  • Provide market information as provided via benchmarking
  • Provide catalyst to ensure correctness and timeliness of customer responses by eliminating communication roadblocks within capabilities of  and customer
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending product training sessions; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies
  • Has the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Can communicate internally to all levels of the organization.
  • Helps to create alignment between the LCs and the sales team, leading to successful project execution
  • Ability to drive long distance to visit customers
  • Able to work in a multi-cultural environment
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. 

Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.S. in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing or equivalent)
  • Ability to travel locally in metro Detroit, regionally in the USA, and Internationally
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Aggressive self-starter with strong organization skills and attention to details requiring minimal supervision
  • 2-5 + years application engineering experience with elastomers (rubber)
  • Knowledge of E-Mobility vehicle systems (battery, fuel cell, electric motor, power control units, etc.)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical problem solving skills and hands-on mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to multi-task with project management experience