The first in a series in which we meet the Granta team. We spoke with our colleague Remi, to find out what he enjoys about being an Application Engineer and which engineer from history inspires him most. We’re always looking for like-minded individuals who have passion and drive to make positive change to our engineering practices, take a look at our current opportunities if you think this could be you.
“As an Application Engineer, my role is to engage with customers to understand their needs and requirements, determine the benefits of our suggested solution for a customer and derive an implementation strategy with metrics for success.
In order to do so, an Application Engineer conducts presentations and has technical discussions with the customers’ key technical stakeholders. They also establish an implementation plan with the sales and services teams. They are in constant contact with the product management to make sure the software development takes the customer needs into account.
One of the things I enjoy most is the ability to visit the customers’ facilities. You can see the actual products our customers are working on and the materials-related issues they are trying to solve using our software. The variety of projects we encounter keeps the job interesting as no project is like another. Being an Application Engineer at Granta Design is a great opportunity to discover innovative projects in various industry sectors.
My favourite engineer has to be Gustave Eiffel, a civil engineer who is best known for building of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Eiffel was tasked with the project to build a commemorative tower for the world’s fair “Exposition Universelle” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Eiffel had 2 years to build his 1000 feet tall tower, the tallest ever man-made structure. It was a double challenge of engineering and time constraint, deemed impossible at that time. He solved these problems by developing an efficient work system, pre-assembling layers of the tower on the ground and bringing it at the top using a crane system which he improved and later converted into the tower’s elevators. The solutions he applied to the building of the Eiffel Tower are still in use more than 100 years later, a true testament to Eiffel’s impact on modern engineering.”