Associate Applications Engineer

Date: Jun 1, 2021

Location: Auburn Hills, MI, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Position Description

Associate Applications Engineer




Company Overview:

DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding, and remote handling solutions.  The company serves customers in variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and nuclear sectors. 


Built on a legacy of over 100 years, DESTACO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to engineer precise movement, placement and control solutions that drive productivity and uptime for manufacturers around the world.  The DESTACO family of products consists of industry-leading brands such as DESTACO Manual and Power Clamps, Camco and Ferguson Indexers, Robohand Grippers and CRL Manipulators and Transfer Ports. 


DESTACO is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~800 employees across 13 locations.


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 billion.  The company delivers innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services through four major operating segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment.  Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.”



Position Summary:

The Associate Applications Engineer is responsible for assisting in the tasks of providing customer product application assistance, technical support, proposal drawings, special designs or modifications to existing products via phone or email including inside/outside sales and customer service. S/he works in conjunction with Application Engineers to provide customer assistance for product applications.  For orders received, s/he would be responsible for supporting customer design reviews, creating and releasing designs to manufacturing and final product documentation under the guidance of an Applications Engineer or Supervisor. S/he possesses lower level CAD experience and is on a path to complete proficiency.


The Associate Applications Engineer reports to the Applications Engineering Manager and is located in Auburn Hills, MI. This position requires some travel.  This position requires the ability to work independently with oversight and direction from the Applications Engineering Supervisor and to communicate with those in Sales, Product Engineering, Customer Service, Marketing and Manufacturing.




Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited to:

  • Promotes safety awareness with other members of the organization.  Promotes accident prevention and employee involvement in regard to a safe work environment.
  • Supports the continuous improvement roadmap for the organization. Leverages continuous improvement tools to drive continued operational improvements.
  • Processing ECN’s and design changes for current product.
  • Provides customer application assistance and product support for customer questions by phone & email.
  • Provides proposal drawings, concepts for special designs or modification drawings to existing products based on customer and sales inquiries.
  • On received orders, works along with Applications Engineers or Supervisor to provide manufacturing and assembly designs for tooling solutions for automated systems, material handling end effectors, manipulator configurations or special product designs based on standard product.
  • Directed design tasks consist of: detailed manufacturing drawings, 3D assembly models and CAD files. Provided to Applications Engineer or Supervisor for check.
  • Generates bill of material (BOM), and enters part numbers into Oracle for manufacturing release.
  • Through direction from Engineer or Supervisor creates product and design documentation, maintenance manuals and spare parts lists when required.
  • Assists with customer design reviews.
  • Works with manufacturing and assembly personnel to prepare for customer buyoffs if required, by validating assembly to design intent.
  • Supports manufacturing and assembly on warranty issues.



Leadership Competencies aligned with Dover and executed in DESTACO with appropriate expectations for the job level:

  • Builds and Manages Collaborative RelationshipsEstablishes and nurtures numerous relationships within Dover. Takes action to partner with the communities in which we operate and to be an appropriate corporate citizen.
  • Results DrivenProduces results that exceed Dover’s strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Dover Values.
  • Customer Impact – Creates value for customers addressing known and unknown needs.  Knows and understands all aspects of the global market, including; economics (regulatory issues, corporate compliance, etc.), products and services, channels, the coustomers and their end-markets.


Job Requirements:




  • Requires 2-4 years of design or technical support experience in the field or in a related area with mechanical/electrical design, industrial automation and assembly experience.
  • Familiarity with standard concepts, practices and procedures within the engineering field such as: APQP, FMEA, FEA, and 8D problem solving.
  • Working knowledge of design software Solid Works, Catia or NX.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Creative mindset, innovative thinker, and work independently in a directed environment.
  • Ability to manage tasks and projects and meet deadlines
  • High energy, strong interpersonal skills, prefers to work in team environment
  • Analytical thinker, ability to make decisions and problem solve in a timely manner
  • Self-directed and able to re-calibrate priorities as needed
  • Excellent communicator both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work in teams, provide project status, and maintain a high level of communication
  • Ability to take direction and guidance from others
    Education and Certification Qualifications:
  • Design Certificate required; Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required
    Travel Requirements:
  • Ability to travel up to <15% of the time.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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