What does a Principal Applications Engineer do?

Applications engineers work as a bridge between customers and engineering teams. They use customer input and sales information to design or redesign, develop, test, and implement complex software problems and applications. They provide technical support and expertise to customers by testing applications and responding to feedback. They perform installations and maintenance and often perform sales presentations and demonstrations.

Applications engineers perform customer analysis to create applications that respond to their needs and provide innovative solutions to common problems. They perform prototyping applications and code reviews to ensure products are satisfactory. They debug, test, code, improve, and redesign tasks, respond to customer issues, provide updated software that solves bug issues, perform customer installations, and work with customer service teams. Applications engineers need a degree in software engineering.

What responsibilities are common for Principal Applications Engineer jobs?
  • Lead the creation, review, and submittal of technical support documentation updates.
  • Assist in the training of customers on systems applications.
  • Manage the development team and conduct regular one-on-one meetings.
  • Create data extracts and reports from system based on requirements.
  • Develop and implement enhancements, revisions to meet the needs of the client.
  • Handle project and task management and reporting as necessary.
  • Update and research recommendations for product and system improvements.
  • Responsible for the quality of work that the team members perform.
  • Adhere and contribute to development policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Solve or recommend solutions for complex issues and problems
  • Make presentations to management, clients, and peer groups as requested.
  • Ability to instruct and guide less senior software developers/analysts.
  • Develop program logic for new applications or analyze and modifies logic in existing applications.
  • Engage with business/stakeholder as required to refine/clarify business requirements and feedback.
  • Write code, complete programming and perform testing and debugging of applications.
  • Interact with the user community to solve problems, augment the system functionality, and improve the user interface.
  • Estimate to high level business requirements and provide options analysis.
  • Ensure that resolved incidents are properly documented and closed.
What are the typical qualifications for Principal Applications Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer engineering, computer science, engineering or information systems or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Vista.
  • Experience with C, C#, Python, SQL Server, and CSS programming.
  • Experience with API, HTML, Agile, and cloud systems.
  • Experience with JAVA, Javascript, and unit testing.
  • Commitment to problem solving and interfacing with colleagues and clients.
  • Comfortable with scripting and debugging when requested.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Principal Applications Engineer make?

Confident
$196,287 /yr
Total Pay
$123,017
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$73,270
 /yr

Additional Pay

$196,287

 / yr
$126K$316K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Principal Applications Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Principal Applications Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Principal Applications Engineer
$196,287/yr
Associate Director of Applications Engineering
$168,325/yr
Principal Applications Engineer

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
0%
2 - 4
6%
5 - 7
44%
8+
50%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Principal Applications Engineer Insights

Read what Principal Applications Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
OneAmericaOneAmerica
Applications Engineer
Aug 5, 2021

“The people I worked with were so nice and helpful and I really enjoyed working with them”

IBMIBM
Applications Developer - Java
Oct 12, 2021

“Good company to work with growth is good and you learn whatever technologies you want with free certifications.”

State StreetState Street
Applications Developer
Apr 21, 2020

“Good place to work just as a first job and lucky to have a good team”

Ingram MicroIngram Micro
Applications Developer
Feb 5, 2022

“Generous Rewards and Recognition Program to award you for your work if you do something really well”

NationwideNationwide
Applications Development Intern
Feb 13, 2022

“Everyone was super helpful whenever I had questions and I got to work on an interesting project”

Paradyme ManagementParadyme Management
Applications Developer
Jan 10, 2022

“The salary ($65k) was not the best but decent enough for a junior in the DC area.”

UlineUline
Applications Development
Jul 9, 2020

“Not really given any opportunities to express yourself or make yourself feel at home at your desk.”

Dura-Bar
Applications Engineer
Nov 4, 2020

“Bar during my time there felt important and I was lucky enough to work with an amazing team.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Principal Applications Engineer

When working as a Principal Applications Engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Consulting, CSS, Angular, API Design, and HTML5.

The most similar professions to Principal Applications Engineer are:
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Front End Engineer
  • Web Developer

The most common qualifications to become a Principal Applications Engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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