Applications Engineer I

Job Summary

The Applications Lab Engineer 1 reviews and assesses customer assembly projects and provides a formal recommendation regarding feasibility, best methods, potential issues and process options. This report may include suggestions for changing customer part material type, part dimensions and/or part joint designs to achieve a better process result. Testing of plastic materials and/or sample parts may be required to effectively evaluate a given application. The lab engineer supports Extol’s internal and external sales efforts with plastics joining expertise, consultation, problem-solving, testing, evaluation, and analysis. Additional duties include machine set-up, small volume assembly work, and machine processing. Direct customer interaction at Extol or at customer facilities occurs regularly. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are essential to this position.

A Level 1 Applications Lab Engineer is able to perform some tasks independently, but most work, especially complex projects and difficult tasks will require guidance. A level 1 engineer is typically receiving “on-the-job” training.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist customers and potential customers by providing on-site training, product presentations, process development and process improvement support.
  • Meet with customers representing Extol in a professional manner.
  • Work with Extol customers to develop customer part features that optimize part joining/assembly performance.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the plastic joining processes provided by Extol.
  • Apply working knowledge and understanding of process applications and limitations to utilize in hands-on situations.
  • Develop and maintain an awareness of plastic joining processes Extol does not provide, with an understanding of process applications and limitations.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all process testing techniques that are used by Extol.
  • Determine the best machine and tool options for processing customer parts and provide input for Extol sales, quoting, and design.
  • Determine the steps required to manufacture parts or assemblies to customer specifications.
  • Determine the parameters and allowable variation (process window) for each step in the manufacturing process.
  • Evaluate new materials, new equipment, and new processes.
  • Conduct process development experiments to determine process limits and new process possibilities.
  • Create and maintain application lab records including all reports, drawings, models, photos, and other relevant documents.
  • Manage small lab projects which include communicating with customers, coordinating internal equipment procurement and scheduling, as well as basic financial documentation.
  • Support Operations with information concerning plastic materials and plastic joining techniques.
  • Assist Extol sales by organizing and processing equipment for trade shows, working trade shows, developing and presenting technical seminars and publishing industry white papers.
  • Regularly collaborate with the Applications team, other internal Extol teams, and customers to devise solutions to a variety of customer challenges.
  • Adhere to all leadership expectations as outlined in regular communication, policies, and processes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Four-year degree in engineering, engineering technology, or science discipline.
  • Technical math skills required to perform engineering calculations and analysis during design assessment and testing.
  • Ability to use design software, preferably SolidWorks, to review and create basic drawings and models.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills to clearly document technical information, clarify unclear issues, convey information to customers and salespeople, and maintain detail accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Effective organization and time management skills.

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Basic understanding of manual and automated assembly equipment
  • Basic understanding of plastic joining methods and plastic part design and composition

Hours Required: Full-Time, 48 Hours/Week (Average) Exempt (Salary)

Regular Work Schedule: Monday – Friday (from time to time, work may require non-typical work hours to accommodate project deadlines and irregular workflow).


General manufacturing environment, daily exposure to machinery and potential non-hazardous chemicals and lubricants.

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