Application Engineer

Rancho Santa Margarita, California, United States | Full-time


IMI plc
IMI plc is a sector focused organization at the forefront of delivering motion and fluid control technologies that create a more sustainable world, improving the quality of life for our customers and communities and ultimately delivering our purpose of Breakthrough Engineering for a Better World.

The Automation platform leverages deep automation technology and applications expertise to improve productivity, safety and sustainability for our customers, Industrial Automation operates across many important industry sectors and is a world leader in supporting customers with motion and fluid control technology.

Our one big team work fairly and effectively but most importantly together to ensure we maintain the foundations that have enabled IMI’s success through over 150 years of heritage.

Role Overview:

Application Engineers support both customers and our sales team regarding valves and components for energy plants.  They deliver the best possible technical and commercial solutions enabling our sales organization to meet the needs and expectations of our customers. You will develop and leverage an in-depth knowledge of IMI products and applications, our competitor's products, and the industry to support our efforts to increase sales and profitability. 


Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Frequent domestic travel and occasional international travel will be required to visit other IMI facilities and customer sites.  

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus. 



Key Responsibilities: 

  • Provide direct customer support by conducting technical presentations and/or problem solving at customer facilities, conducting technical presentations at customer seminars, and attending technical review meetings.  

  • Provide support for our sales team by reviewing non-standard applications/products, interpreting specification requirements, reviewing P&ID & piping layouts, conducting technical risk reviews and field problem reviews, and evaluating deviation from standards.   

  • Providing material and training support for our sales team, including creating the value proposition for standard applications/products, creating customer-focused presentations, and training of our sales organizations.  

  • Leverage our technical advantage to increase sales and profitability.  

  • Participate actively in influential technical associations and publishing technical articles in leading industry magazines.  

  • Ensure that knowledge gained in the field from our customers or competitors flows to our Marketing and Development organizations.  

  • Contribute to the success of the company by identifying the needs of our customers and staying alert to changes from our competitors


Critical Competencies for Success

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field 

  • 10+ years of experience in engineering, with at least 5 years as a Product Manager or Applications Engineer in the severe service valve industry. 

  • Experience with sizing and selection of multi-stage control valves. Experience with rotary and isolation valves beneficial. 

  • Demonstrate that they have experience working with customers to solve problems which improve the reliability and/or efficiency of the client’s facility.  

  • Have knowledge of common industry standards in the fossil power and/or oil gas industry, including ASME and API standards. 

  • Be capable of sizing and specifying actuators and controls including pneumatic or electric operators and positioners. 

  • Have strong communication skills and demonstrate that they can educate colleagues and customers on application solutions. 

  • Solid presentation skills, including the ability to think on your feet and respond to questions from a variety of audiences.  

  • A strong sense of urgency as well as a results orientation.  

  • The ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.  

  • Excellent teamwork skills and a demonstrated ability to motivate others via assertive influence.  


What IMI Can Offer You

At IMI, one of our top priorities is to create an inclusive culture of health. We strive to remove barriers to care (whether that be physical or financial) and in doing so, we offer choice for all your health and wellbeing needs. 

See below for a general overview of our amazing perks and benefits:

  • Multiple health plans to choose from: HMO, PPO, and High Deductible Health Plans with a low-cost share
  • Best-in-class 401K plan with zero vesting and up to 6% contribution matching
  • 14-week maternity leave at full pay following one year of service (Adoption benefits are equivalent)
  • 4-week paternity leave at full pay following one year of service (Adoption benefits are equivalent)
  • Employee Resource Groups that offer community and support, like our Pride Network and Network of Women groups
  • PTO, encompassing inclusive holidays
  • Career Development opportunities (IMI’s ‘Catalyst’ Program)
  • Employer contribution for Health Savings Account, and in many cases free virtual telemedicine, and teletherapy.\
  • Mental Health and wellness programs to support you and your family
  • Full suite of voluntary benefits to tap into, including but not limited to: Critical illness insurance, hospital indemnity, legal insurance, identity theft protection, and pet insurance or home & auto insurance through our discount advantage platform
  • Short & long-term disability as well as basic life insurance at 2x your basic salary at no cost to the employee
  • Free financial advisors, webinars, and classes through Charles Schwab
  • Annual Employee Stock Purchase Plan with option to purchase IMI shares at a reduced employee only price - no opportunity to lose, only to profit or refund your investment 100%
    **Benefits plans change year over year, but we have guiding principles in place to ensure our employees have the tools and resources available to stay connected and up to date**

Health & Safety

The physical demands described within the Key Duties & Responsibilities section of this job description are required to perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities.  Please contact your local HR representative to discuss the specific Work Conditions and Physical Requirements of this role.  

Health, Safety, and Environmental Duties – At IMI we are all personally committed to protecting our people, minimizing our impact to the environment, the communities we operate in and our company. All members of our workforce have the duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of themselves, others, and the environment. Every employee is expected to follow all HSE operating procedures, also to challenge any observed behaviors or unsafe acts.


Code of Ethics

IMI requires the highest standard of ethics in all business dealings, particularly with customers, suppliers, advisors, employees, and the authorities. In accordance with the IMI Way: Our Code of Responsible Business.


Changes to This Job Description

IMI may amend this job description in whole or part at any time.


IMI is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status.