Process Engineer:

Wilmington 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 speciality 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.

Purpose/Scope of the Position:

  • Design, develop, improve and industrialize Optical Fiber manufacturing platforms (platform = process + equipment) for revolutionary manufacturing processes, thereby enabling step-change reductions in manufacturing cost and/or enabling new products with advantaged attributes. 
  • Drive for root-cause fundamental understanding of limitations in manufacturing processes.  Use scientific method and engineering principles to solve problems thoroughly and effectively, using well-designed and executed process experiments.
  • Translate understanding and experimental solutions to engineering requirements, then further to process and/or equipment designs which deliver performance criteria.
  • Work is typically completed as a member of a technology development team chartered with improving one or more of the following: manufacturing yields (selections), process rate, machine utilization, product quality, new product quality, environmental compliance, raw material yield, and/or energy usage.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Learn & understand process & equipment functions in area of responsibility.
  • Design, develop, and industrialize manufacturing platforms (platform = process + equipment) for revolutionary manufacturing processes.  Re-design machine/process systems or sub-systems to solve safety, performance, or quality issues, or reduce either the as-installed or long-term operational costs.
  • Provide troubleshooting support to the prototype platform during development and demonstration phase.

Travel Requirements:

  • Travel will be required to Corning Optical Fiber and Cable Manufacturing sites in North Carolina (Concord, Winston-Salem, and Hickory) and overseas sites in India, China, and Europe.   Typical travel can range from a few days to a few weeks during the project initiation phase.   During the deployment phase of the project, travel is nearly full-time.  Deployment phases typically range from 3-9 months, but can extend to 1+ years. 

 Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Standard work hours are M-F 8:00-5:00, however, overtime or shifted work hours is not uncommon and is indeed expected at times. The amount and duration will vary as a function of the job position, particular project, and point in the project life cycle.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • B.S. Chemical, Ceramic, Material or similar Engineering degree with 3-10 years manufacturing experience working with chemical processes or a M.S Engineering degree with applicable co-op and/or internship experience.
  • Experiences in debugging new manufacturing equipment and processes to perform at targeted output and selection targets.
  • Understands regulations applicable to area of expertise and works to ensure compliance (NEC, NFPA, etc.)  Incorporates safety and risk analysis into equipment designs.
  • Project management experience, including developing project scope, budgets and schedules.


Desired Skills:

  • Displays a bias for action in situations of uncertainty, with pro-active attention to issues and problems,
  • Translates engineering solutions to requirements, then further to process and/or equipment designs which deliver all required and promised performance criteria.
  • Determines and recommends best solution from a series of alternatives within plant guidelines.
  • Thoroughly carries out assignments to completion. 
  • Works well in a team environment, is a “self-starter” and “results oriented”.
  • Communicates effectively in various settings to provide and present necessary information to Project, Department, and Site leaders.
  • Experience working in a manufacturing floor or construction environment, with a strong focus on job site safety.    Proactive regarding safety.  Seeks to identify and correct potential safety or environmental issues before they occur.
  • Assures quality and repeatability of processes and products.
  • Able to function in either discipline engineer or multi-disciplined leadership role as defined by project assignment.  Works well with other disciplines (IT, mechanical, and controls engineering) to fully understand manufacturing system functionality and design requirements

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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