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Application Engineer

Requisition ID:  12768
Category:  Engineering & Technology
Career level:  Professional
Contract type:  Permanent

 Application Engineer 


Location: Plymouth, MI 
Reporting to: Application Engineering Manager 


About SKF: 

SKF is the world leading supplier of products and solutions in the rolling bearing business. In addition, we are one of the leading players in seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance services, condition monitoring and training. The inherent skills and competence of our around 40,000 employees help us to fulfill our objective of creating more intelligent, sustainable, and innovative customer solutions. SKF is a truly global company with presence in more than 130 countries, serving an extensive range of industries and customers worldwide. 


The SKF Automotive Market (AM) has global responsibility for business development, product and process development, manufacturing and sales on wheel end, powertrain, suspension and steering applications, providing original equipment parts for the passenger and commercial vehicle industry.  



  • Independently manage and grow relationship with OEM and tier customer engineering/technical teams acting as front-line bearing expert. 

  • Manage and document engineering activities from the start of business opportunity until end of production, including specification phase, prototype phase, industrialization phase, series production phase and warranty phase. 

  • Actively identify and pursue new bearing business opportunities by understanding customer concerns and evolving market needs. 

  • Prepare and execute design verification and process validation test plans using global testing resources. 

  • Promote and emphasize first-time quality by offering critical assessment of product or processes and employ continuous improvement activities such as lessons learned, read across, DfSS, lean thinking, etc 

  • Work in coordination with design and product engineering teams to facilitate DFMEA and discuss the same with customer on a specific project or product line 

  • Identify and analyze the technical details of customer's requirements and communicate the parameters clearly and accurately to the SKF organization. 

  • Perform application calculations and reviews at bearing and systems levels. 

  • Create application engineering proposals and customized solutions according to customer requirements and present to customer in a clear and effective manner. 

  • Coordinate activities with the sales organization, contribute to opportunity generation and support the development of value-added solutions.  

  • Effectively interpret, analyze and verify results from (application) engineering software systems to create value for customers. 

  • Participate in the execution of Root Cause Analysis of the customers' application issues and contribute to the issue resolution. 

  • Participate and contribute to internal and external trainings, assist with the development of training material 

  • Represent SKF and our products and services to our customers and institutions through visits, presentations, seminars, and industry events.  

  • To contribute substantially in the development and implementation of customized solutions, customer related projects and other unique offerings and to work with customer, for new development projects 

  • To follow management instructions and procedures; to report Environment Health and Safety (EHS) risks and EHS related incidents; to follow quality specifications and requirements, and identify quality risks and opportunities for improvement 



  • A bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent. 

  • 3-5 years demonstrated experience in the automotive industry, specifically in bearing design, application, and calculation tools. 

  • Experience with passenger and commercial vehicles is preferred for wheel bearings (Chassis and Suspension) 

  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and decision-making skills. 

  • Dependable, reliable, and self-motivated.  

  • Candidate demonstrates the ability to relentlessly pursue business opportunities. 

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Fluent in English 


The following are not required, but will offer a distinct advantage: 

  • Experience with electric vehicle bearing design. 

  • Automotive testing experience. 

  • Bearing steels, lubricants, and heat treatment selection for bearing applications. 

  • Understanding of multi-body simulation software.  

  • Firsthand work experience with bearing manufacturing processes. 

The successful candidate would display a high amount of initiative. It is expected local travel up to 40% of the time with some international travel required. 


 SKF USA Inc. offers an excellent compensation and benefits package as well as a unique career opportunity in a global organization.  

Our competitive compensation package includes: 

  • 401K with company match 

  • Profit sharing 

  • PTO 

  • Tuition program  

  • Comprehensive health plans 


No relocation package will be offered. 



What You’ll Love About SKF: 

Rest and Relaxation. Enjoy a robust PTO policy and 13 paid holidays! 


Work/Life Balance. A possibility for flexibility and an opportunity for occasional remote work.  


Health and Wellness Benefits.  SKF cares about the wellbeing of our employees. Many options for best in class medical and dental plans to fit your needs; a wellness plan that includes biometric screening and health risk assessment for you and your spouse and incentives for healthy living! 


Invest in your Future. SKF offers amazing retirement options! Participate in our 401K program that boasts a 100% match up to 5% of your elected contribution (100% Vested). And regardless of your participation, SKF automatically contributes 5% into your account per pay period (3 Years Vesting). 


Much more! Growth opportunities, tuition reimbursement, voluntary critical illness coverage, voluntary legal plan, employee assistance program, life insurance, vehicle discount programs, mobile phone discounts, and with so many benefits to working for SKF, we could not name them all! 




To apply please visit the SKF website: 

About SKF

SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in SEK is around 75 billion and the number of employees ca 41,000.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit