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Industrial Engineering (Performance Excellence) Intern

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Date: Mar 22, 2019

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 35491


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.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.

Scope of Position:

As an Industrial Engineering Intern, you will report into the Performance Excellence/Lean Department (PEx). The PEx department is responsible for all PEx and Lean initiatives, including: Standardization, Built in Quality, People Involvement, measuring performance, structured problems solving (DMAIC), Continuous Improvement, Lean Project Implementation, and more. The training for this role is designed to provide interns with a fundamental and comprehensive knowledge of Corning’s system of PEx and Lean Manufacturing systems. You will learn through one-on-one coaching from team members and Managers, and should expect shop-floor interactions while working on improvement activities and Kaizens.

During the assignment, you will be exposed to multiple production processes and multi-functional work groups, broadening their exposure and learning experiences to prepare them for future entry level positions in the company.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Work with employees at all levels of the organization to identify and drive continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Creating Standardized work.
  • Learn and coach Visual Management System methodology and execution:
  • 5S and visual management.
  • Participate in Brain storming and problem solving (DMAIC, PDCA).
  • Learn and execute project planning.
  • Learn, participate in Kaizen events.
  • Process and Value Stream Mapping, SIPOC.
  • Assist in creating platforms to share standard methodology.
  • Report out on CI initiatives and activities.
  • Identify process improvement opportunities that are linked to business goal results.
  • Demonstrate results through performance measurement and analysis.


Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 10% domestically.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Monday – Friday, standard business hours
  • Occasional need to swing to night shift for training.


Required Education:

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelors degree program in Engineering (Industrial Engineering preferred).
  • GPA > 3.0


Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of, Toyota Production System (TPS) principles.
  • Knowledge of, Lean Six Sigma principles.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations, to other employees of the organization; ability to prepare and present training, and facilitate brainstorming sessions.
  • Computer Skills - knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Technical writing, ability to deliver technical presentations to operators, engineers and managers.
  • Innovative and technically curious.


Soft Skills:

  • Effective communication & presentation skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to work well on multi-functional teams.
  • Results oriented.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh