Applications Engineer

Date: Mar 14, 2023

Location: Wheeling, IL, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Position Description 

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 headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~800 employees across 14 locations. 


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider with annual revenue of approximately $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, consumable supplies, aftermarket parts, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale, operational agility, world-class engineering capability and customer intimacy to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of approximately 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." 

Position Summary: 

The Applications Engineer for DESTACO is responsible for providing customer application assistance, technical support, proposal drawings, quotations and special designs or modifications to existing products via phone or email including inside/outside sales and customer service. S/he may also be required to support the system design group and product development for new products, product improvements & changes to existing products. S/he would evaluate products, parts, or processes for cost efficiency and reliability. S/he would also be required to design a test setup for validation of products designed by NPD and application engineering. 


The Applications Engineer reports to the Manager, Applications Engineering and is located in Wheeling, IL and requires minimal travel (<5%).  This position requires the ability to work and to communicate globally and virtually 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 improvements.  

  • Provides customer application assistance and technical support for customer questions (by phone & email). 

  • Provides proposal drawings, quotations and special designs or modifications to existing products.  

  • Provides design of tooling solutions for automated systems.  

  • Creates detailed manufacturing drawings, 3D assembly models and CAD files.  

  • Generates bill of materials (BOM), product documentation and Oracle part numbers. 

  • Supports the system design group and product development for new products, product improvements and changes to existing products. 

  • Supports customer service with technical support, applications review, and warranty issues.  

  • Completes competitive product testing/analysis as required.  

  • May evaluate products, parts, or processes for cost efficiency and reliability. 

  • Sizing of AC, DC & Servo motor including gear reducer and able to put them together for a test setup and perform testing 

  • Develops test plans that translate the requirements into specific systems, applications, or project designs for large complex precision products such as Mechanical indexers, servo driven indexers, pick and place, robotic tools, and precision link conveyors 

  • Will work with production to evaluate needs to improve current testing methods and automate End of line testing wherever applicable. 

  • Utilize current processes for proper storage of engineering documents in global PDM.  



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

  • Results Driven – Produces 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 customers and their end-markets. 

  • Change Leadership: Aligns an organization and its people to drive for improvement and adopt new, challenging directions. Energizes a whole organization to want to change in the same directions. Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.




Job Requirements:  


  • Requires 4-8 years of experience in the field or in a related area with mechanical design, discrete automation products, and assembly experience. 

  • PLC product awareness, programming, VFD experience is a plus 

  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the engineering field such as: APQP, FMEA, FEA, R&M, and 8D problem solving. 

  • Experience with administrating and executing project-related testing and documentation such as: Product Specification, FEA, DFMEA, DVP&R, DFM, Process Flow Diagrams, PFMEA, Product Run Trials, etc. 



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals  

  • Creative mindset, innovative thinker  

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines 

  • Self-directed and able to re-calibrate priorities as needed  

  • High energy, strong interpersonal skills, prefers to work in team environment  

  • Analytical thinker, ability to make decisions and problem solve in a timely manner  

  • Excellent communicator both verbally and in writing 

  • Ability to work in teams, provide project status, and maintain a high level of communication  

  • Ability to lead and direct the work of others 

  • Attention to detail; ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. 



Education and Certification Qualifications: 

  • Associate degree required in a related field; Bachelor’s degree in engineering preferred 


Travel Requirements: 

  • Ability to travel <5% 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.

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