Sr. R&D New Process Development 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 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.

Scope of Position:

  • Senior level development engineer focused on advancing optical fiber connectivity innovation.
  • Responsible for technical lead of new projects and work-streams.
  • Solving problems based on fundamental understanding gained through the use of the scientific method and DOE.
  • Collaboration with internal and external subject matter experts.
  • Application of DMAIC and advanced statistical tools.
  • Evaluation of new raw materials, component designs, and process equipment and technologies.
  • Projects could support any Corning division or research and development


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop new process methods and technologies for fiber optic termination.
  • Create operational ranges for parameters defined as a result of experimental development.
  • Develop and execute project plan.
  • Work with internal and external subject matter experts to identify key processing technologies and determine feasibility.
  • Engage global manufacturing plants to capture manufacturability of proposed solutions and support initial implementation of new process technologies.
  • Collaborate with internal and external equipment and tooling designers to establish functional requirements.
  • Solve problems and improve processes based on fundamental understanding.
  • Structured problem solving methods such as KT, Designed Experimentation, and Six Sigma.
  • Capture new ideas for possible patent submission.
  • Ensure that requirements are properly developed and documented in conjunction with appropriate manufacturing, development, and commercial personnel.
  • Ensure that these requirements are met to the greatest extent possible using the best available technology.
  • Develop documentation for each project and work with associated plant personnel to implement it.
  • Implement Process Control and Process Discipline systems into manufacturing operations.
  • Analyze process data using statistical tools (e.g. pareto, regression, time charting, analysis of variance, gauge R&R, etc.).
  • Review and interpret data to make recommendations on immediate actions, long term corrective actions, follow-up experiments, etc.


Required Education:

  • BS in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering preferred


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in new product development, R&D or process development.


Required Skills:

  • Problem solving - Proficient in the use of DOE, SPC, Six Sigma and other process control/ analysis techniques – to recommend decision based on thorough data analysis.
  • Demonstrated, applied mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to clearly express technical ideas.
  • Excellent project management skills, including managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external customers and within multi-national groups
  • Ability to effectively leverage/influence relevant resources across business divisions
  • Proactively collaborates throughout an organization and drives technical culture.
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office (Excel, Word, Project, PowerPoint)


Desired Skills:

  • Prior experience developing and experimenting with new manufacturing processes for new product introduction
  • Design products or manufacturing processes using CAD (Pro Engineer a PLUS)
  • Capable of performing complex data analysis using MS excel (SPC), or statistical software such as JMP or Minitab.
  • Familiar with fiber optic theory
  • Fluent in foreign languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Polish


Soft Skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Personal initiative and commitment
  • Organized with good planning and time management skills
  • Ability to build relationships within cross functional groups;  team building skills
  • Positive attitude, flexible and good work ethic

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