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PPD Drying Development Process Engineer

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Date: Jul 12, 2021

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45493


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.


Scope of Position:

Drying Development Process Engineer within the CET Product and Process Development (PPD) Group responsible for developing robust drying processes for new products, in partnership with upstream and downstream processes

  • Develop methods and processes for the drying of new products to scale the drying process from lab drying assets to production assets for new products
  • Partner with Division Engineering and Manufacturing to scale new products to production
  • Work closely with Development to provide direction on materials used for new compositions to ensure ability to dry new products in existing CET assets
  • Provide leadership on programs for electromagnetic drying fundamental understanding
  • Partner closely with the modeling community to champion modeling efforts in electromagnetic, heat and mass transfer, structural, and air flow modeling efforts
  • Use of scientific methods to drive to fundamental understanding and deliver step change improvements in drying process capability, product attributes/quality, and improved process understanding
  • Key contributor for new product testing to ensure safe manufacturing operations prior to production asset trials


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Jointly, with Innovation team, set technical objectives for projects
  • Work in a cross-functional environment: link between development, quality, div. eng., commercial, and manufacturing to deliver targeted results
  • Provide process engineering skills for scale-up of new drying processes and products and root cause understanding for scale-up production issues; use the scientific method to drive fundamental understanding
  • Hands-on leadership of new product trials both in the lab and on production assets
  • Use rigorous tools to deliver results including Innovation methodologies, scientific method, potential problem analysis, decision analyses, risk assessments, DMAIC, LEAN, etc.
  • Use engineering principles and data to solve problems
  • Experimental design to determine main effects as well as interactions and optimize important drying processes and/or reduce variability
  • Support interaction with the Process Modeling Group; apply available modeling tools to challenges with new products, and advance model development by providing feedback to the modeling team
  • Develop, maintain and deliver to project timelines
  • Deliver, via team, IP and written documentation


Travel Requirements:

  • Some travel should be expected, dependent on project assignments.
  • Both domestic and international travel.
  • Typical travel requirement is < 25%.


Required Education and Years / Area of Experience:

  • BS or MS in an engineering discipline (materials science or chemical engineering preferred)
  • 2+ years of project experience in Manufacturing or Engineering roles
  • Leadership demonstrated on project teams responsible for implementation of new products or processes into manufacturing


Required Skills:

  • Technical competence in material science or process engineering
  • Proven experience of successfully developing and delivering technical projects to manufacturing
  • Proven project leadership, including ability to achieve results through matrix organization or team
  • Achieve results through application of rigorous project management methods
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at technical problem-solving and decision-making
  • Familiarity with the Innovation process and ability to contribute at all stages
  • Skills and experience with Design of Experiments methods
  • Experience with application of the scientific method


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with ceramic processing or related technologies


Soft Skills:

  • Leadership
  • Self-starter, self-driven, able to function with a high level of independence
  • Communicates effectively in writing and in a group setting
  • Interpersonal skills – open, engaging, enables others
  • Ability to perform in team or matrix environment


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.


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.

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