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Application Engineer

Post date

October 15, 2019


Auburn Hills, Michigan


Applications Engineering (Quoting)


Full Time

Position Summary

Essential Functions:

  • Effective communication skills are a necessity because we require employees of all levels to communicate directly with both our customers as well as our suppliers
  • Interact with cross functional team members from Engineering, Process Lab, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Customer Service, Manufacturing, Commissioning to solicit input and buy in to pursuit approaches and proposals
  • Experienced with working with industrial trades contractors (i.e. piping, electrical and rigging).
  • High commitment level to ensure engineering team has provided solutions that directly reduce risk level of Esys provided automated systems
  • Operate in a collaborative Sales/Estimating team comprising of Esys product, sales, proposals, and execution
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks/sow analysis/pursuit estimates/proposal drafts
  • Full autonomies with effective time management, multitasking, producing and managing priorities and schedule to accommodate entire business pursuit cycle
  • A strong sense of proposal commitment to accuracy and accountability
  • Intermediate travel to meet customers, support all proposal activities with technical and commercial content, technical recommendations and process analysis
  • Obtain external quotes from vendor base, find new support sources
  • Develop and build knowledge of OEM specifications and how they relate to Esys standards
  • Development and generation of solutions exploiting Esys enabling technology (products) and Process Knowledge in Dispense / Paint, Press & Polymers, Powertrain and BiW
  • Prepare process analysis, concept generation, cycle time analysis and develop alternate process solutions     
  • Prepare work estimates by gathering proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents.
  • Identify labor, material, and time requirements by studying proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents
  • Compute costs by analyzing labor, material, and time requirements
  • Present prepared estimate based on customer requirements by assembling and displaying numerical and descriptive information
  • Prepare proposal clarification/compliance matrixes
  • Maintain technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing technical publications.
  • Provide North American sales team with technical sales support
  • Ensures that Esys products and services continue to be the benchmark within the industry
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Esys Core Beliefs
  • Demonstrates a commitment to safe work practices while on Esys or the customer’s premises
  • Other duties as assigned

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with Electrical & Pneumatic controls design
  • Ability to read and understand electrical and mechanical design drawings
  • Ability to locate competitive installation subcontractors in both existing work areas and new locations
  • Ability to provide comparative analyses of subcontractor bids
  • Utilize extensive industrial knowledge and effectively working with project teams and customers to design and estimate complete systems
  • Ability to identify and quantify cost factors, such as time, materials, expenses, tooling, etc.
  • Expert level skills in MS Excel software
  • Intermediate proficiency with Google Applications (such as Gmail, Calendar and Docs)
  • Ability to demonstrate strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work onsite within the Esys offices or at customer locations as required
  • Ability to meet deadlines without endangering the safety of himself/herself or others, or the integrity of the equipment
  • Ability to interact professionally with customers, and maintain a positive working relationship, which at times may be under difficult circumstances and/or high-pressure situations
  • Able to travel up to 20%

Required Education and Experience:

  • Previous successful project awards, due to correctly interpreting customers work scopes, determining inclusions & competitive pricing
  • 5+ years of experience in estimating
  • A mechanical or controls engineering degree or a technical college diploma or a technical trade certification and/or equivalent work experience

About Esys Automation:
Esys Automation is a leading full-service manufacturing automation solutions provider to the automotive industry.  Offering both Turnkey Automation Systems as well as Controls Engineering Services, we are highly specialized in vehicle assembly applications in areas such as press, powertrain, plastics, body assembly, paint and sealer, final assembly, and tire and wheel. At Esys, we develop innovative, tailored products and applications based on our customer’s requirements.

We are comprised of over one hundred talented engineers who take pride in providing quality products and services to our customers. At Esys we believe that the future of our company rests squarely on the knowledge, imagination, skills, teamwork & integrity of our employees.

What We Offer:
Esys Automation understands that high quality people are required to deliver high quality systems and services to our customers. We strive to attract and retain the best team members and to be a Workplace of Choice. Esys Automation has received, for the third year in a row, Detroit Free Press' Top Workplaces award. We are a project oriented company that successfully implements projects by creating highly efficient and technical teams. These teams enjoy a level of autonomy and responsibility that promotes innovative thinking and sense of ownership. What we offer is an environment that fosters team work, learning, and creativity. At Esys, we encourage our employees to continuously learn through 3rd party training classes as well as internal mentorship arrangements. Listed below are some of the other benefits enjoyed by our team:
• Open book management philosophy. The company financials are open for all employees to see (sales, revenue, costs, profits, etc.)
• Profit Sharing Plan
• 401K Plan with matching
• Flex time
• Medical, Life, Dental & Vision Insurance
• Short and long term disability Insurance
• Cell Phone reimbursement
• Paid Holidays
• Paid Time Off that also begins accruing immediately

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