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Applications Engineer Jr - Des Plaines, IL

Post Date: 08/03/2022

Req. Number: 96741

City: Des Plaines

State: Illinois

Zip Code: 60016


Goodwill TalentBridge, a full service staffing and recruitment firm, is part of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago, the largest of the 165 Goodwill territories in North America. With more than 90 years of experience in Workforce Development and job training, Goodwill is helping thousands of people find work in the communities we serve, including 13 counties in Wisconsin and 10 counties in Illinois.

Goodwill TalentBridge, along with our client, is looking for an Applications Engineer Jr. in Des Plaines, IL! This role is DIRECT HIRE and has great benefits!

Pay Range: 80k to 95k


The position plays a key and active role in our client's organizational structure (with an extended value chain covering North America, EMEA and Asia) in the development and implementation of a technology roadmap for all Switches standard products, and modification and selective core market expansion opportunities.

The Applications Engineer position ensures that objectives are attained in a cost-effective manner that is consistent with quality requirements.  The position also supports continuous search for simplification by maintaining knowledge and the use of the company system.


Responsible for all aspects of engineering related to customer needs and standard products, including safety, performance, integrity, and cost.

  • Coordinates and completes all engineering projects (setting deadlines, monitoring, and summarizing progress on projects).
  • Works with project management team and Sales to meet margin requirements.
  • Modifies existing switch designs per customer input and needs.  Standard Product Modification and Selective Core Market Expansion projects would require executing and/or managing all aspects of the product design phases including concept design, detail design, detail drawings, design reviews (internal and with the customer), design analysis, FMEA's, test and validation plans and all other steps (as required and applicable), to ensure successful project implementation.
  • Compiles budgetary costings from a design concept, using standard Microsoft Excel based cost models to ensure a quick response to the Sales team.
  • Closely works with Strategic sourcing, Production Engineering, Sales and Quality Departments.
  • Required to work directly with suppliers as needed to ensure product design integrity.
  • Closely work with sales team, assuring technical support (internal and external), including customer visits, partnering on account strategies, and providing technical insight to drive account growth.
  • Consulting with customers as part of investigating pain points and product/process improvement opportunities.
  • Identifying and mitigating high risk items through the customer-back innovation process. 
  • Working as part of a small engineering team, being self-initiated and adaptable.


Technical skills:

  • Working knowledge of SolidWorks or similar 3D CAD required.
  • Project Management skills are essential, APQP/tollgate/stage gate knowledge preferred.
  • Knowledge of electronic circuit design related to switch, sensor and encoder topology (such as can bus, hall effect, capacitive, resistive, grey code and similar) is desired.  Knowledge of Electronic Circuit Board design is desired.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of design and manufacturing processes, plastic and metal injection moulding, die-casting, metal pressing, printed circuit board manufacture and assembly.
  • Knowledge of Construction-Agriculture and Military-Aerospace Industry desired
  • Good analytical skills: FMEA capability studies and mathematical simulation.
  • Fluency with MS Office Applications (Word, Excel (VLOOKUP and pivot tables), PowerPoint, Outlook)

Safety, Health and Environment

  • Promotes a “Health & Safety First” culture.
  • Leads by example in promoting Health & Safety.
  • Adheres to Safety/Health programs and ensures safety at workplace.


  • Understands and addresses own responsibilities in the Quality Policy.
  • Encourages and promotes Quality and support creating a Quality culture.
  • Identifies and shares tools for improving quality standards within all teams.

We look forward to your application!

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