Warren Rupp, Inc. Sales Applications Engineer in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Location: 2300 Hwy. M-139 Benton Harbor, Michigan, 49022 United States


IDEX (NYSE: IEX) is a company that has undoubtedly touched your life in some way. In fact, we make thousands of products that are mission critical components in everyday activities. If you or a family member is battling cancer or another life-threatening disease, your doctor may have tested your DNA in a quest to find the best targeted medicine for you. It’s likely your DNA test was run on equipment that contains components made by our IDEX Health & Science team. You can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables thanks in part to Banjo, an IDEX company. Banjo valves are used on the agriculture sprayers that apply fertilizer on crops. And if you were ever in a car accident, the Hurst Jaws of Life®/LUKAS® tool may have rescued you.

Founded in 1988 with three small, entrepreneurial manufacturing companies, we’re proud to say that we now call 40 diverse businesses around the world part of the IDEX family. With 7,000 employees and manufacturing operations in more than 20 countries, IDEX is a high-performing, global $2+ billion company committed to making trusted solutions that improve lives. For more information, visit www.idexcorp.com.


Provide engineering technical leadership to customers and sales team on proper product application, selection of products, and optimal solutions for pneumatic requirements. Evaluate existing 80 customer new business opportunities traveling to customer locations to provide strong technical guidance and build key customer relationships. Facilitate execution of cost, information and prototype requests (CIP) with internal personnel, to support these new and existing customer opportunities. Works with strategic sourcing, sales, marketing, and finance to develop cost estimates and respond to customer within a timely manner. Suggest development and oversee creation of new optimal solution products when existing products cannot achieve the applications requirements.


  • Analyzes customer requests for feasibility and determines most effective and timely method for completion. Acts as project manager in resolving open issues, tracking open items and closing out open CIPs within prescribed timeframe. Responsible for final decision on requests effecting product form, fit, or functions. Directs efforts of Applications Engineers, Designers, Model Shop and Lab Techs as required.

  • Works with finance, marketing and strategic sourcing representative in estimating component costs, assembly rates and finished product pricing within prescribed timeframe.

  • Performs product evaluation/testing projects on a wide variety of compressors/vacuum pumps as needed. Verifies performance of products to meet customer requirements. Develops performance curves and works with sales and marketing to develop advertised performance information as needed.

  • Ownership of the technical service to strategic existing and new 80 OEM’s accounts. Field, investigate, and resolve questions and applications issues with existing products. Develop strong relationship with and serve as a technical resource on conference calls and customer visits with sales and marketing. Expected up to 50% domestic travel with some overseas travel required.

  • Guide development in creating new best solution products when existing products cannot handle the application requirements. Continuously drive for engineering excellence and development of new processes for world-class pneumatic solutions.

  • Initiate prototype Bill of Materials, parts orders, shop orders, and lab testing orders for customer prototypes. Review and approve prototype for shipment to customer. Complete model setups of new derivative products. Follow established standard work and process for above.


  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work well in a team environment. Ability to work effectively with multiple departments and employees at all levels within the organization. Demonstrated ability to handle large projects and bring to conclusion.

  • Thinks independently, shows initiative, anticipates and prevents problems.

  • Mechanical aptitude and mental/physical/visual acuity. Ability to analyze application requirements, provides failure analysis, select components and make recommendations to meet system requirements. Engineering discipline experience with a focus on mechanical, pneumatic, and/or fluid power systems.

  • Persons occupying this position will be expected to have above average customer service skills, sense of urgency and a desire to make a difference in helping grow sales.

  • Competency in drawing interpretation, spreadsheet analysis database research and presentation skills. Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to manage customer personalities effectively and timely. Excellent written and verbal skills coupled with the ability to maintain and generate product application literature, media, and technical articles. Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize resources and project timelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related field

  • Demonstrated experience working with technical manufactured products. Pneumatic and/or fluid power systems experience preferred.

  • Basic understanding of motors, electronics, and regulatory/certification process associated with such products (UL/CE).

  • Demonstrated competency in computer design and 3-D modeling. Solidworks preferred.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft software and other project management tools

  • Demonstrated excellent customer service and communication skills, ability to dig into applications and ask the right questions to optimize pneumatic solutions for customers

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Project Cost Estimating


  • Safety / Environmental
  • Right to Know
  • Quality
  • Sexual Harassment

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented.

IDEX is an equal opportunity employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Title: Sales Applications Engineer

Business Unit: Gast

Function: Engineering