JR Automation Applications Engineer Lead in Liberty, South Carolina

Applications Engineering Lead

JR Automation was founded in 1980, and has grown to become one of the leading global systems integrators and solutions providers for the industrial automation industry. With over 2,000 employees at 23 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia, we are looking ahead towards continued success and expansion while servicing multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, and more. JR designs and builds highly integrated manufacturing systems, including robotic welding, testing, dispensing, material handling, and assembly solutions. JR?s customer base includes the world?s leading automotive, life sciences, aerospace, electronics, and industrial manufacturers. With a keen focus on technological innovation and a strong dedication to their employees, customers, and community, JR Automation is poised to continue its path toward further strategic growth and expansion.

Position Summary:

JR Automation Technologies is seeking to grow our concept and cost engineer team with skilled individuals that enjoy thinking outside the box in a team environment to solve practical problems with no standard solution. JR is a valued partner in the aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer products, food processing, furniture, medical, and pharmaceutical industries. The projects we work on offer broad and diverse experiences that strengthen and challenge individual and team skills resulting in innovative solutions.

As a Concept & Cost Development Engineer at JR, you will work alongside a team of professionals to help develop an accurate budget and quote that outlines key concept points, sequence of operations, and mechanical description. We work with solutions that include robotics, vision, pneumatic, and motion control. You will work hard as a team, meet deadlines, and be rewarded for a job well done.


  • Supervise Applications Engineers in Proposal development.

  • Train, review and maintain minimum proper staffing.

  • Review and approve performance and salary appraisals for all group members.

  • Review requests from the customer or salesman. Facilitate Quote Review meeting.

  • Develop preliminary project schedules.

  • Prepare Proposals, as required.

  • Communicate Proposal information.

  • Prepare customer and vendor correspondences, as required.

  • Travel to international and domestic Customer and vendor facilities, as required.

  • Deliver presentations to the customer, as required.

  • Entertain the customer, as required.

  • Maintain contact with Sales Engineers.

  • Assure Applications Kick-Off meeting occurs with the project team.

  • Review project information, as required, to enhance quotation estimate accuracy and develop proposed deliveries.

  • Produce CAD drawings, as required.

  • Assist project team, as required.

  • Provide assistance to the project team during difficult phases of a project.

  • Lead prototype effort, as required.


  • Bachelor?s degree in Engineering or 7+ years equivalent experience.

  • At least 3+ years of experience utilizing 3D CAD, Pro Engineer and/or SolidWorks required.

  • 5+ years of working experience with conceptualizations, bills of material, sheet metal, fixtures, and machine design is required.

  • 5+ years experience leading/managing a group of 3 or more engineers.

We realize and appreciate that our strength and competitive advantage is due to our capable team. Our employees are rewarded and recognized for performance. We offer a competitive compensation and benefit program that reflects JR?s high regard for our employees.