Automation Engineering Section Supervisor:

Concord North Carolina

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.

Scope of Position:

Lead a diverse team of engineers and technicians in a fast paced manufacturing environment focused on: product quality, safety, new technology deployment, manufacturing capacity and cost reduction.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provide daily supervision in order to ensure superior customer support to all of the plants automation areas.
  • Prioritize support efforts in order to maximize performance and minimize manufacturing costs
  • Actively participate in establishing department objectives, prioritization and resource allocation as dictated by business priorities or conditions
  • Actively engage in plant safety initiatives and projects while also encouraging 100% team participation
  • Develop/maintain systems to monitor equipment and process performance
  • Champion the development of fundamental understanding
  • Provide challenging assignments to direct reports and actively work with them to define and update career plans
  • Develop short/long term equipment and process strategies with regards to control systems/software life-cycles or continuous improvement
  • Sponsor or lead projects targeted at cost reduction, new products, safety, quality, increased capacity and other strategic initiatives


Travel Requirements:

Minimal (less than 5%)


Hours of work:

Monday-Friday. The position is overtime exempt. Overtime is not uncommon and is expected at times, however the amount and duration will vary as a function of business needs. Off-hours leadership support required once every two months.


Required Education and Experience:

  • BS or MS in Electrical engineering, or degree in other Engineering discipline with demonstrated automation & controls experience
  • Functional or project leadership experience
  • Five (5) or more years’ experience in an automated manufacturing environment


Required Skills:

  • Strong PLC background with focus on automation and data transfer to various devices.
  • Knowledge of various communication protocols & RFID
  • Fanuc robot experience
  • Ability to make sound technical decisions both within and outside areas of expertise
  • Strong communications skills and customer orientation to work effectively on all levels of an organization
  • Project management capability, particularly coordination of multiple, inter-related tasks
  • Ability to develop project scopes and timelines.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work on an independent basis in a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Basic knowledge of fiber optic properties and critical parameters along with the factors that affect them
  • Understanding of electrical and mechanical system design and troubleshooting
  • Use scientific method and engineering first principles to solve problems thoroughly and effectively, using well-designed and executed processes
  • Data collection and analysis skills
  • Working knowledge of documentation systems


Desired Skills:

  • Supervisory skills, particularly in coaching technical employees
  • Six Sigma/DMAIC Greenbelt or Blackbelt certification
  • Project management experience
  • Strong equipment orientation


Soft Skills:

  • Work well both within a multi-disciplined team and independently with minimal oversight
  • Ability to coach and develop others
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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