Powell Industries, Inc. Applications Engineer in Houston, Texas

As a global manufacturer, we utilize our Core Values: Customer First, Respect for our Employees, Continuous Improvement and “Can-Do” Attitude, to solve our customers’ toughest problems.

Job Summary – Responsibilities:

Core Responsibilities:

• Independently review customer supplied specifications to assess feasibility of Powell manufacture or supply.

• Read and interpret electrical drawings to include: single-lines, three-lines, elevations, control schematics, site plans and electrical enclosure layouts.

• Proactively anticipate highly complex application concerns prior to development of proposal.

• Translate conceptual customer designs into a meaningful proposal.

• Generate accurate proposals based on the review and interpretation of customer supplied documentation

• Ensure that proposed solution is best optimized for Powell and the customer.

• Utilizing independent judgment and decision making, creatively address customer application concerns at the proposal stage and communicate these concerns effectively to Powell Sales and/or customer.

• Perform competitive evaluation of sub vendor proposals used to complete the overall Powell offering.

• Act as an internal technical resource for Sales and Application engineering staff.

• Interact with other Powell divisions to develop cross business solutions.

• Assist in providing feedback for, and maintaining accuracy of various costing tools.

• Other duties as assigned.

Secondary Responsibilities (performed but not regularly):

• Perform analytical or competitive studies as required.

• Participate in sales and marketing activities to include industry meetings and conferences.

• Contribute to new and existing product specifications.

• Assist in developing formal internal formal proposals including technical budget estimates and cost justification models for product line enhancements and/or cost out projects.

• Participate in executing cost out initiatives in conjunction with Engineering and Operations.

Key Functions:

• Prepare detailed, accurate and cost competitive proposals - 90%

• Participating in external customer meetings and/or conferences – 10%

Job Requirements:

Knowledge / Skill:

• Build and maintain a working knowledge of electrical theory and applicable industry standards including IEEE/ANSI, NEC, IBC and NFPA. Especially as related to low & medium voltage distribution equipment, and substation design.

• Familiarity with low & medium voltage distribution equipment ratings and design

• Ability to read and interpret electrical specifications

• Ability to read and interpret electrical drawings to include single lines, three lines, schematics and wiring diagrams

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Customer Oriented

• Able to manage multiple priorities

• Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; develops realistic action plans in order to meet deadlines.

• Problem Solving: Gathers and analyzes information using inquisitive mind, using strong logical, methodical and systematic skills

• Work independently with little or no supervision

• Ability to learn new skills and assume new responsibilities

• Visio / Auto CAD / Inventor

• Microsoft Office Suite


• B.S. in Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline

o 2+ years of experience in related field with BS in Electrical Engineering

• Computer Skills: AutoCAD; ERP system Oracle; Microsoft Office Suite; previous experience utilizing Projects related software (ie. - Primavera, Microsoft Projects, Excel and Oracle) with the ability to learn new software programs

• Satisfactory background check

• Satisfactory drug test results.

Performance Metrics:

The role of Applications Engineer is critical in securing new business for Powell. The Applications Engineer is primarily measured on accuracy of the proposals generated by the individual, and on time performance (OTP). Performing with a high degree of accuracy and on time performance is a critical element to the continued success of Powell by contributing directly to the company top level goals of revenue and gross margin.