Position: Applications Engineer - Cost Estimating and Proposals

Plymouth, MI


Be a crucial link with our customers, sales, and engineering as you provide a ‘best approach’ for technical proposals and costing supporting highly engineered, custom machinery and capital equipment projects.

With extensive knowledge of design and manufacturing process, you will:

  • Identify required customer data and specs and analyze project requirements
  • Develop cost estimates that include materials, labor and other resources
  • Create efficient and competitive proposals that describe our custom solutions and provide accurate cost estimates
  • Kick off and handoff the project to a dedicated project team
  • Provide direction and technical oversight to the project team based on the technical and financial details from the cost estimate and proposal

Everything we do is custom and project-based. You will work on projects such as jet engine assembly, aerospace automation, electric transportation, custom machinery, battery-free AGVs, dynamic test solutions and more. Hybrid work schedule. Relocation assistance provided.


  • Technical degree, preferably in Mechanical Engineering (ME) or Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • Mid-senior level experience, several years in industrial, manufacturing, automation or capital equipment
  • Technical aptitude and ability to describe manufacturing systems and complex machines at a concept level
  • CAD software experience required, preferably SolidWorks
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, set priorities, and manage time
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills to work effectively with customers and all levels of our company
  • MS Office proficiency, especially Excel and MS Project
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally approximately 10%
  • Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities and ITAR requirements, sponsorship is not available for this position



What I like most about working at RedViking are the problem solving solutions we develop for our customers. It goes beyond selling a product. It’s forming a collaborative partnership with our customers that enables them to be successful and keeps them coming back to RedViking with new challenges for us to help them solve. Jeff DeClue - Sales Manager of Dynamic Test Systems
First of all, it’s the people. Some of the smartest engineers I have ever worked with are here. But more than that, we all are trying to do our best and be better every day. Everyone is working to improve themselves and the company and that creates a synergy of improvement that you just don't see most places.

Second, I truly feel empowered and supported by management. They are always striving to create an environment where the staff can learn and grow. They are always looking to do what they can to make this a welcoming, friendly, inclusive, supportive environment for professional and personal growth.

And last but not least, it’s the work! I love being a part of creating the next generation of machinery. From AGVs to robots we do some very cool stuff and that makes coming to work fun. One day you’re assembling aircraft engines and the next day you’re working on an AGV that carries a garbage truck. If you think that’s cool, then you understand why I love being a Viking!!
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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value diversity. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit and business need. Offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a drug screen and background check.
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