MSC Industrial Supply Co. Applications Engineer-Minneapolis MN, Racine WI, or Grand Rapids MI in Minneapolis, Wisconsin

AIS is a leading production fastener company in the Midwest, providing MSC a solid growth platform for expansion in the OEM fasteners market and complements our fastener and VMI solutions, as well as our core metalworking and MRO business.

Requisition ID : 2263

Employment Type : Full Time

Job Category : Engineering/Logistics

Work Location : Franksville, WI (AIS)

State or Province : Wisconsin (US-WI)

Potential Work Location : United States : Michigan : Grand Rapids || United States : Minnesota : Minneapolis || United States : Wisconsin : Milwaukee


The primary duty of the On-Site Application Engineer is to provide engineering support to the client’s engineers, technicians, and material planners in the correct selection, design and application of hardware in new and existing platforms. Coordinate reverse engineering projects with customers, AIS, and AIS manufacturers. Help customers solve product application problems and document cost reduction opportunities.


  • Acts as the main technical adviser on hardware and product application projects.

  • Reviews hardware designs to reduce costs by part standardization and value engineering.

  • Develops and presents concise business cases for cost saving opportunities.

  • Responsible for the project management of approved proposals, including:

  • Project scope of work;

  • Time line and budget;

  • Managing stakeholders;

  • Alternate considerations;

  • Return on investment;

  • Supplier management;

  • Onsite testing.

  • Actively participates in monthly update review meetings with the senior management of both AIS and client to review progress of all on-going projects and payback.

  • Takes ownership of incidents and professionally manage them through to resolution.

  • Organizes training events

  • Undertakes other tasks as assigned by management

  • Flexibility in traveling across North America as directed. (occasionally overseas)

  • Fosters the AIS/MSC Culture in the department and throughout the company to ensure fulfillment of AIS/MSC’s vision and unity of purpose.

  • Participation in special projects and performs additional duties as required


  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Master’s preferred in Mechanical Engineering or related field.

  • Minimum of two years of experience in design or application engineering in new product development required.

  • Knowledge of fasteners and bolted joint design.

  • Experience in managing a geographically and culturally diverse team

  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality related to all duties and responsibilities, such as the proprietary information of vendors and customers.

  • Strong ability to apply applications of engineering principles and practices to solve specific problems in a timely manner.

  • 3D (Catia) drafting skills necessary to provide efficient communications to all parties involved in the design process.

  • Ability to document process flow and report out improvements to the process or product.

  • Understands process and product testing procedures including chemical, mechanical and dimensional.


  • Team Player

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal required.

  • Ability to deal professionally with customers, internal customers and suppliers in a polite, efficient and responsive way required.

  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical users required.

  • Self-motivate, committed and enthusiastic Engineering professional, must be able to work on own initiative and without constant supervision.


  • A valid driver’s license required and the ability to travel up to 20% of the time.


People. Collaboration. Insight. That’s how you build something that works.

MSC Industrial Supply Co. is a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services. Built on a foundation of trust, MSC works side by side with our customers to help them drive business results. With more than one million product offerings and 75+ years of experience across industries, MSC strives to help our customers achieve greater productivity, profitability, and growth through inventory management and other innovative supply chain solutions.

As one of America’s Best Large Employers (named in 2017 by Forbes magazine), we care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,000+ team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future.

If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build a better career at MSC.

Equal Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.