Manufacturing / Process Engineer:

Hickory 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.



Process Engineer works with other team members to solve technical, engineering related problems. Supports or leads yield improvement activities, new product or process introductions, and cost reduction projects. Supports drive to fundamental process understanding and lowest cost producer objectives. Supports the development and execution of plans to evaluate new technology or improvements in existing technology resulting in a superior product in terms of quality and/or cost.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provide engineering-level production support to manufacturing operation.
  • Solve process issues through data analysis, experimentation, and collaboration with subject matter experts.
  • Drive safety projects and improvements in manufacturing.
  • Provide engineering expertise for fundamental understanding of manufacturing issues.
  • Provide trend analysis of key metrics and implement response plans.
  • Lead and/or provide support for projects involving cost reduction, process optimization, and new products/processes.
  • Actively engage in plant safety initiatives and projects.
  • Recommend/implement improvements to processes and equipment.
  • Identify chronic issues, determine root cause, and drive corrective actions.
  • Provide leadership or support for startup of new equipment lines.
  • Develop and update engineering and operations documentation.
  • Provide training for operations workforce regarding equipment or operations changes.


Travel Requirements:

Less than 5%, mainly domestic to other plants.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

40+ hours/week, Monday through Friday

This position requires some off-hours coverage on nights and weekends based off the needs of projects and production.



  • BS or MS in an Engineering Discipline, preferably Mechanical, Chemical, or Materials Engineering
  • 1+ years of experience in a manufacturing/production environment.


Required Skills:

  • Ability to learn new technology and processes quickly.
  • Creative/innovative problem solving.
  • Strong technical fundamentals with process engineering skills.
  • Strong data analysis and statistical skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work on an independent basis in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively on all levels of an organization.


Desired Skills:

  • Six Sigma Greenbelt certification.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience with statistical packages such as Minitab or SPC Excel
  • Experience with experimental design.


Soft Skills:

  • Ability to work within a team and provide training to others.
  • Ability to interact with manufacturing associates

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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