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Coating Process Engineer, CI AGS, Hefei

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Date: Nov 14, 2021

Location: Hefei, AH, CN, 230011

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49837


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.

Purpose of the Position:

-             Support Auto Glass Solutions sales & profitability objectives by providing value added technical consultation, hands-on expertise support and participation in the development, engineering and manufacturing of anti-reflect (AR) and easy-to-clean (ETC) coating processes on glass parts for automotive interior and exterior applications

-             Increase Auto Glass Solutions business competitiveness by delivering transformational process improvements and next generation capabilities in AR & ETC coating processes/materials/equipment to manufacturing operations

Note: AR & ETC coating process includes but is not limited to cleaning, pre-treatment, vacuuming, PVD, spraying, material handling and any other processes that support the AR & ETC coatings


Day to Day Responsibilities:

-             Work/liaise with development, engineering, plant, suppliers and commercial to run experiments and development of new products, processes, technology and equipment

-             Evaluate coating requests and glass handling concepts based on experience and in-depth knowledge

-             Apply DMAIC and engineering principles to understand the root cause and eliminate defects

-             Design experiments, process development and qualification with DOE for new process, materials, AR stack design, engineering changes, equipment, measurements and vendors

-             Collaborate with development and manufacturing in advancing fundamental understanding

-             Lead or support scale-up and new coatings technology transfer to manufacturing plants and contract manufacturers

-             Provide technical consultation and subject matter expertise in glass AR & ETC coating troubleshooting support and process performance improvement including yield, capability, cost, capacity, etc.

-             Support problem solving and process improvement using structured problem-solving methods such as MEE, KT, Designed of Experiment, or DMAIC.

-             Engage stakeholders to determine product and process requirements for new product introduction (NPI)

-             Leverage 3D CAD, analytical tools, simulation, modeling, digital transformation and data analytics to foresee and mitigate risks, minimize process tuning/FAI/downtime and advance capabilities

-             Support development of AR & ETC technology roadmap

-             Support the qualification of contract manufacturers for AR & ETC coatings through engineering process capabilities, equipment, metrology and quality performance assessments

-             Identify technical skills and building blocks to establish a world-class Center of Excellence (COE) in automotive glass AR & ETC coating

-             Coordinates coating machine installation, debugging and initial operation of new equipment and systems

-             Support equipment design and development from concept, fabrication to final qualification

-             Incorporate design for safety in all equipment and process improvements development projects/activities. Ensure safety requirements are met from design through construction, process start-up to handover to operations

-             Estimate budget, capacity, utilization and provide technical support for NPI upon request

-             Analyze equipment and process design for function, safety, repeatability, cost-effective operation, ease of maintenance and capital efficiency

-             Provide communication updates to colleagues and leadership

-             Present ideas, plans, project status & VOC orally with visual aids or in writing

-             Facilitate the design of manufacturing processes and layout

-             Identify low-hanging fruits, prioritize opportunities, capture quick-wins and share remaining ideas

-             Promote and support digital transformation in process, equipment design and improvements

-             Document best practices and intellectual assets

-             Share experience & lessons learned


Education & Experience 

-             BS/MS/PhD majoring in physics, materials, chemical, electrical, mechanical, ceramic engineering or related fields

-             5 years of solid project, industrial, engineering and manufacturing experience

-             Exposure to automotive parts NPI and manufacturing is a plus (for example:  APQP, PPAP, IATF 16949 or Automotive Safety Testing)

-             Experience of living, studying, working abroad or extended travel outside of home country is a plus

-             Experience working for foreign multi-national corporations is a plus

-             Diversity in experience and/or background is an asset


Required Skills                                               

-             Minimum 5 years hands-on process experience in a glass coating and finishing operation

-             Strong academic background and able to apply scientific and engineering principles to solve problems, especially the root cause of PVD defects, scratches and contamination during the process flow.

-             Skilled in planning and executing experiments, data collection & analysis to support or refute hypotheses

-             Can quickly turn manufacturing and customer requirements into detailed project and action plans

-             Able to track and report progress effectively

-             Excel at identifying and engaging experts and key stakeholders to solve difficult technical problems

-             Communicates well with internal customers, external suppliers, technical collaborators and operators

-             Detail oriented, organized and data driven

-             Fundamental understanding in project management tools and techniques

-             Hands-on experiment skills, including the use of material characterization instruments

-             Analytical skills in optics, materials science, chemistry, especially related to coating, glass and ceramics

-             Good mechanical aptitude

-             Understanding of quality systems, PFMEA, control plan

-             Competency in external supplier management, qualification and contract management

-             Able to document and share lessons learned

-             Understanding of equipment set-up and calibration process

-             Develops clear bilingual visual work-instructions on process tuning, job change, calibration and etc.

-             Responsible for the accuracy of work performed and proactively ensures quality of work

-             Possess strong work ethic and attention to detail with excellent organizational skills

-             Ability to work with people of diverse technical and cultural backgrounds

-             Develops, coaches and mentor people

-             Experience working on one or more of the following types of process, equipment or measurements:

-             Cosmetic improvement

-             Thin glass material handling and fixtures

-             Tunnel ovens, batch ovens and/or environmental chambers

-             material reliability testing for automotive components

-             Semi-automatic man-machine collaborative work cells

-             Effective communication in English and at least one of the major Asia

-             Instills trust and confidence

-             Honest and pragmatic but tactful

-             Adapts to change quickly; takes frequent changes in strides

-             Effective at managing time and competing priorities

-             Customer oriented:  manage expectations and meet / exceed customer requirements with quality results

-             Quickly develops effective work relationships and rapport with others in a new environment

-             Contributes and enriches the professional development and career experiences of others


Desired Skills 

-             CAD software proficiency is an asset

-             Knowledgeable of surface energy, cleanliness measurements, abrasives and polishing compounds

-             Solid knowledge about layer design tool

-             Familiar with industrial safety standards (including ergonomics) and different equipment standards

-             Expertise in cleanliness and environment control of dust and particulates

-             Expertise in coating, spraying, etching, plasma cleaning technology is a plus

-             Exposure to 6-sigma, Lean, 5S, TRIZ, DMAIC, MEE and/or PQA projects is a plus

-             Machinery repairs and maintenance experience is a plus

-             Exposure to equipment for thermal processes is a plus

-             Experience with facility equipment and inflammable / corrosive fluids is a plus

-             Understanding of industrial 4.0

-             Exposure to wastewater treatment and/or pollution abatement is a plus