Application engineer


Application engineers deal with the technical requirements, management, and design for the development of various engineering applications, such as systems, new product designs, or the improvements of processes. They are responsible for the implementation of a design or process improvement, they offer technical support for products, answer questions about the technical functionality and assist the sales team.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to application engineer:

application engineering consultant
application engineering specialist
applied research engineer
application technology engineering consultant
application technology engineer
applied engineer
application engineering adviser
application technology engineering expert
application engineering expert
application technology engineering adviser
application technology engineering specialist

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is generally required to work as application engineer. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Application engineer is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Application engineer career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to application engineer.

component engineer
contract engineer
equipment engineer
language engineer
logistics engineer

Promotions or specializations

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of application engineer. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of application engineer with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills of application engineer

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of application engineer.

Engineering principles
Technical drawings
Project management
Engineering processes

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of application engineer.

Perform scientific research
Use technical drawing software
Manage engineering project
Interpret technical requirements
Define technical requirements

Optional knowledge and skills of application engineer

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of application engineer. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Circuit diagrams
Information structure
SAS language
Warehouse operations
Labour legislation
Ruby (computer programming)
Common Lisp
Apache Maven
Production processes
Visual Studio .NET
Materials science
Java (computer programming)
Information architecture
Computer programming
Precision engineering
Cognitive psychology
Speech recognition
Prolog (computer programming)
Precision mechanics
OpenEdge Advanced Business Language
Modern languages
Machine translation
Manufacturing processes
Electrical engineering
Smalltalk (computer programming)
Software anomalies
Assembly (computer programming)
Design principles
Object-oriented modelling
Contract law
ICT debugging tools
Puppet (tools for software configuration management)
Eclipse (integrated development environment software)
Product package requirements
Task algorithmisation
ICT security legislation
Robotic components
Computer science
Cost management
CAE software
Laboratory techniques
Microsoft Visual C++
World Wide Web Consortium standards
Computer engineering
Quality standards
Integrated development environment software
Green logistics
Mechanical engineering
Tools for software configuration management
Computational linguistics
Industrial engineering
CAD software
ML (computer programming)
Environmental engineering
Probability theory
Swift (computer programming)
Salt (tools for software configuration management)
Python (computer programming)
Scratch (computer programming)
Tax legislation
Product data management
Principles of artificial intelligence
Pascal (computer programming)
Transportation engineering
Scientific research methodology
Internet of Things
Jenkins (tools for software configuration management)
Supply chain management
Construction industry
Natural language processing

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of application engineer. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Migrate existing data
Supervise work on design planning
Keep up with digital transformation of industrial processes
Provide technical documentation
Carry out inventory planning
Communicate regulations
Maintain logistics databases
Develop automated migration methods
Perform laboratory tests
Identify customer requirements
Identify suppliers
Utilise computer-aided software engineering tools
Ensure compliance with legal requirements
Manage budgets
Debug software
Use concurrent programming
Consult with technical staff
Determine suitability of materials
Handle customer complaints
Develop translation memory software
Use software design patterns
Carry out tendering
Use logic programming
Speak different languages
Execute analytical mathematical calculations
Record test data
Create manufacturing guidelines
Advise on safety improvements
Apply statistical analysis techniques
Write specifications
Conduct quality control analysis
Adjust engineering designs
Perform test run
Manage tender processes
Collect samples for analysis
Apply advanced manufacturing
Maintain equipment
Administer multi-modal logistics
Create a product’s virtual model
Meet contract specifications
Train staff about product features
Manage distribution channels
Perform contract compliance audits
Use object-oriented programming
Create technical plans
Analyse logistic changes
Define quality standards
Advise on equipment maintenance
Analyse stress resistance of products
Manage warehouse organisation
Adapt to new design materials
Archive documentation related to the work
Identify customer’s needs
Ensure equipment availability
Build a product’s physical model
Run laboratory simulations
Apply safety procedures in laboratory
Use methods of logistical data analysis
Collect customer feedback on applications
Use testing equipment
Develop software prototype
Use automatic programming
Analyse test data
Utilise machine learning
Follow translation quality standards
Gather experimental data
Use software libraries
Provide advice to technicians
Develop creative ideas
Use non-destructive testing equipment
Create flowchart diagram
Meet deadlines
Manage contracts
Inspect industrial equipment
Manage logistics
Use computer-aided translation
Apply grammar and spelling rules
Analyse supply chain strategies
Assess supplier risks
Maintain test equipment
Conduct ICT code review
Conduct search engine optimisation
Manage sub-contract labour
Ensure compliance with purchasing and contracting regulations
Maintain contract administration
Draft design specifications
Conduct research on trends in design
Manage localisation
Analyse stress resistance of materials
Compare contractors’ bids
Develop code exploits
Read engineering drawings
Install machinery
Ensure cross-department cooperation
Use CAD software
Manage product testing
Develop licensing agreements
Analyse supply chain trends
Present detailed design proposals
Design prototypes
Conduct performance tests
Implement efficiency plans for logistics operations
Consult with design team
Design electromechanical systems
Liaise with engineers
Write manuals
Conduct experiments on animals
Perform project management
Use functional programming
Collaborate with designers
Assist scientific research
Execute feasibility study
Build business relationships
Apply health and safety standards
Estimate duration of work
Issue sales invoices
Train employees
Use dictionaries
Prepare production prototypes
Assess financial viability
Process customer orders
Use translation memory software
Integrate system components
Update language skills
Develop test procedures
Analyse production processes for improvement
Analyse software specifications
Adapt to changes in technological development plans
Manage contract disputes
Manage warehouse operations
Label samples
Evaluate translation technologies
Draw design sketches
Design user interface
Translate language concepts
Manage ICT semantic integration
Control production

ISCO group and title

2149 – Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified







U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last updated on June 8, 2022

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