Application Engineer

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Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a Application Engineer

Application Engineers are responsible for explaining the technical elements behind a business’s products or services to potential customers. You could be educating customers to better understand your business’s latest technology or collecting their feedback to create brand-new product designs and updates.

As an Application Engineer, you could be the vital link between your business’s products and the customers that need them most.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Understanding your business’s products to the highest level of detail possible.
  • Assisting new clients in choosing the right technology for their needs.
  • Coding and developing new software that improves the user experience.

Getting in and Qualifications


There is no one pathway to securing a role as an Application Engineer, but a combination of practical and technical expertise is often a good option.

Useful subjects:

  • Business
  • Physics
  • Computer Science

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


For hands-on experience you could do a Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development alongside study at S5/S6 level.

Other options are a Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications or a Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Development.These will give you professional industry experience also well as a recognised qualification or degree.

Find out more about apprenticeships in Scotland.

When applying to become an Application Engineer, qualifications at SCQF level 4/5 are often required for entry-level roles. Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or degree level qualifications are typically needed for more advanced positions.

Qualifications in the following subjects are recommended:

  • Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • IT and Telecommunications
  • Software Engineering

Membership of an industry organisation can be a valuable way to build contacts within the industry and land a suitable role.

Institute of Analysts and Programmers for software-based roles.