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Process Engineer - Optical Fabrication

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Date: Jul 15, 2022

Location: Keene, NH, US, 03431

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 54364


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.

Corning’s Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile and stationary applications around the world.

Corning’s Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile and stationary applications around the world.


Scope of Role:


  • Process expert supporting the on-going technical needs of component production processes.
  • The focus of this role is to provide continuous improvement of existing manufacturing processes of precision opto-mechanical components, introduce new products into the production system and provide on-going technical support to manufacturing personnel to ensure process reliability.
  • Process Engineers are the first line of defense for all technical issues that arise during production. For more complicated issues, process engineers are expected to collaborate with other experts, both internal and external to Corning.
  • Process Engineers are expected to utilize formal tools to identify root causes of variation such as 6-Sigma and scientific methodologies.


Day to Day Responsibilities:


  • Provide day-to-day production support to answer technical questions and resolve process upsets.
  • Identify and lead continuous process improvements to reduce cost (Variation, cycle-time, complexity, and scrap reduction)
  • Collaborate with product development to introduce new products into the production system.
  • Collaborate with the quality team to respond to customer complaints and returns.
  • Collaborate with the commercial team to quote new products.
  • Specify new manufacturing capabilities via development of new techniques, or specifying new equipment, tools, fixtures, test equipment.
  • Develop process flow charts, work instructions, process sheets, checklists, forms, and other required documentation.
  • Train manufacturing personnel on new processes.
  • Stay current with the latest manufacturing trends and seek out the appropriate experts when needed.
  • Assess existing manufacturing capability gaps and recommend future development activities.
  • Protect intellectual property by documenting key competitive processes.


 Required Skills:


  • Ideal candidate would have experience in: Plating, Metallurgy and Material Science; Diamond Turning; Generating, centering & polishing of optical elements; Deterministic polishing; Interferometric component metrology; Characterization of surface roughness and profilometry
  • Process capability measurement and analysis (Cpk)
  • Aptitude to learn technologies not familiar with
  • Strong communication skills, written, verbal and presentations
  • Critical thinking to rapidly solve problems
  • Confidence in interaction with all levels of the organization (Production techs to Sr. Leadership)
  •  Ability to function on a process engineering team of multi-disciplinary engineers


 Travel Requirements:


  • Some travel may be required (10%). Typical travel includes training, networking opportunities, customer visits, and benchmarking activities as required.


Hours of work:


  • Typical first shift production hours, M-F, 8am-5pm. Extra and off hours may be required during times of heightened project activity to meet deliverables.


Required Education:


  •  4-yr Engineering degree and 3 years hands on experience fabricating optics or 2- yr associates degree with 5+ years of hands-on experience fabricating optics.


Required to sign covenant not to compete.



We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


Nearest Major Market: Bellows Falls
Nearest Secondary Market: Keene