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Application Engineer - Appleton, WI

Appleton, WI, United States

Job description

In the role of application engineer you will implement automation applications under the supervision of experienced engineers. As you advance you will develop the necessary skills to begin designing concepts for new applications, supervising trainees, managing projects, and training of less experienced engineers. You will advance your engineering skills by working with an exciting variety of real-life applications and gain knowledge in the interdisciplinary fields of mechanical and electrical systems.

Then, you will be able to take all you have learned and provide our customers with state-of-the-art automation solutions. Your hands-on projects will include optimizing existing systems and integrating new solutions involving PLCs, industrial computers, process instrumentation, project management and other control devices. This position is responsible for materials specification, design, development, and commissioning customer-specific software solutions using PLC and HMI programming. You will also perform service calls on direct projects or other engineers’ projects as needed.

The Application Engineer will perform a variety of tasks related to addressing our customer’s application of the B&R automation platform:

  • Review automation application needs and document requirements
  • Estimate implementation effort to develop automation applications
  • Create project plans
  • Develop and document control application designs
  • Program automation applications
  • Develop formal test plans and scripts, then execute testing
  • Troubleshoot and resolve application issues
  • Track and report project status
  • Travel to customer locations to resolve technical problems

Upon hire, you will attend a 20-week training program in our office in Atlanta. In this program, one of our experienced engineers will lead you through a university level automation curriculum that includes:

  • B&R Product Training
  • Controls programming
  • Motion physics and motion control programming
  • Motor training, induction, servo and stepper motors
  • Fieldbus systems and controls communications
  • PID control
  • Programmable safety
  • Control program debugging and troubleshooting

After an initial period of lecture, the course includes lab projects that reinforce topics and teach applications such as temperature control, pick and place, gearing, and sort operations. A graduation trip to B&R’s headquarters in Austria ends the course! There you can see our manufacturing operations and the latest automation technologies under development.


  • Bachelor's degree (BS) from four-year college or university in Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CMPE), Electrical Engineering (EE) or Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Application development experience in a high-level language, preferred ‘C’
  • Interest and/or exposure in the following areas are preferred: - Motion control systems - IEC 61131 programming languages (ladder diagram, structured text) - In depth knowledge of Windows operating systems - Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Studio .NET - Real-time operating systems and programming in real-time environments
  • Great interest in PC- and PLC-hardware applications, mechanical and electrical systems and physics
  • Excellent communication skills and strong customer-service ethics
  • Desire to work in an international team environment
  • Creativity and ability to make decisions
  • Travel is approximately 25%. This includes short notice service trips within the US (1-5 day duration, typically less than 3 days). These trips are the on the order one every 4-6 weeks. In addition, travel will require occasional training or internal meetings in Austria (~2/year).


Medical, Dental, Vision, Short-term and Long-term Disability, Life and Accidental Death, 401K

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