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Applications Engineer

Job Details

Corporate Headquarters - YORK, PA
Fully Remote
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Up to 25%


JLS Automation is currently accepting candidates for a remote Applications Engineer for our midwestern US region. The Applications Engineer will work with a leader in primary and secondary packaging machinery for the food manufacturing industry using cutting-edge robotics technology.  We have an exceptional customer-focused and employee-centered culture in a heavy growth mode. 


Applications Engineer Job Objective

The Applications Engineer (AE) evaluates customer needs and develops solutions in support of the JLS Business Pipeline.  The AE will create concepts, budgets, layouts, & proposals to directly support the Sales team and will work with Design Engineering to ensure the system that gets built meet’s the customer’s needs. This is a Full Time, Exempt position reporting to the Director of Applications Engineering and Special Projects


Applications Engineer Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluate customer needs and gather information about their products and facility; Develop requirements associated with the customer’s needs;
  • Ascertain if JLS is a “good fit” to supply a solution through a solid understanding of our technical capabilities, strategic vision, and active testing and evaluation of customer samples;
  • Conceptualize solutions that meet the requirements;
  • Work with Test Engineering to develop and prototype new tools and strategies for applications;
  • Collaborate with customers, sales, and engineering to ensure full stakeholder buy-in for solutions;
  • Gather external vendor information for incorporation into solutions;
  • Determine expected costs and establish budgets required to implement the conceptualized solution;
  • Create system layouts that fit our proposed system into the customer’s available space;
  • Effectively convey the proposed solution in a formal written proposal;
  • Transition purchased solutions from the conceptual / proposed stage of a project into formal design and engineering where a solution will be manufactured;
  • Other duties as assigned;


Applications Engineer Qualifications

  • 4-year college degree majoring in Engineering desired or a strong technical background with significant experience;
  • Ability to work independently, balancing multiple priorities with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously (typically 3-12 projects at a time) with a diverse breadth of challenges.
  • Proficient working knowledge of computer systems including AutoCAD (DraftSight), Word, Outlook & Excel are a must.  A background in SolidWorks is beneficial.;
  • Experience in the design and/or application of mechanical systems, packaging machinery, and material handling systems is required.  
  • Existing knowledge of robotic systems is beneficial;
  • Ability to read and interpret complex technical specifications and drawings;
  • Ability to perform general engineering calculations as well as complex problem solving;
  • Ability to serve as an advisor or consultant and develop operating procedures;
  • Ability to control costs, adhere to a schedule, and improve the quality of a product/service is required;
  • Strong critical & creative thinking skills are beneficial;
  • Strong written and in-person communication capabilities to communicate with both technical and non-technical stakeholders;
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.;
  • Must be able to travel up to 25%