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Development Technician

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Date: Nov 13, 2021

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49627


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.

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.



The successful candidate will be responsible for development of new extrusion processes and products related to optical and copper cables. Specific knowledge and experience in extrusion, materials, scientific method, connectivity solutions and customer application understanding with abilities in mechanical design and/or PLC programming would be helpful, although not required. Development Technician is expected to be focused on advancing solutions for process and product cable innovations by collaborating with development engineers to execute experiments and learning cycles that gain fundamental understanding, mitigate risks and define capability that ultimately deliver solutions designed for manufacturing while providing customer value.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Participate in project teams, developing new products and processes to support project deliverable and timeline execution.
  • Collaborate with engineers to design and develop new process, technologies, and/or test methods for cable.
  • Carry out experimental plans by understanding hypothesis to be tested, setting up equipment (such as various types of measurement systems and mechanical apparatus), performing experimentation, collecting data, and providing test reports or other applicable way to document observations and results.
  • Work with internal and external subject matter experts to identify key processing technologies and determine feasibility and capabilities.
  • Provide project support to evaluate process concepts through configuration and modification of lab or plant-based equipment.
  • Work with engineers and global manufacturing resources to evaluate manufacturability of proposed solutions and support initial implementation of new process technologies.
  • Solve problems and improve processes based on fundamental understanding.
  • Support structured problem-solving methods such as MEE, KT, Designed Experimentation, and Six Sigma.
  • Capture new ideas for possible patent submission.
  • Ensure that experimental execution and data are properly documented and communicated.
  • Develop draft procedures and documentation for processes and equipment.
  • Maintain and improve a safe work environment


Education and Experience (Minimum required for consideration)

  • HS Diploma or GED required. 
  • Associates Degree preferred. 


Required Skills (These are skills that candidates MUST possess)

  • Strong problem solver utilizing structured techniques.
  • Demonstrated, applied mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to share and clearly express technical ideas.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a global work environment.
  • Use of hand and electrical tools.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions.
  • Ability to work in technical project teams in a team member role.
  • Able to make sound decisions by blending analytical thinking with practical judgment.
  • Data retrieval and management.
  • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments in a team-based environment with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, with general computer experience with Microsoft Office tools


Desired Skills (These are skills that candidates MAY posses)

  • Familiar with fiber optics and extrusion equipment with process capability understanding.
  • Experience in computer aided design to create tooling, parts, products or manufacturing processes.
  • PLC programming skills with experience with electrical controls and measurement systems.
  • Capable of performing complex data analysis using MS excel (SPC), or statistical software such as JMP or Minitab.
  • Experience producing controls systems that interface with SCADA and MES systems.
  • Experience in specifying and selecting and configuring compatible controls hardware to construct controls systems.
  • Experienced in the preparation of controls drawings using AutoCAD software (or similar).
  • Experienced in designing experiments and writing test plans.
  • Excellent project management skills (planning, resource management, conflict resolution, able to meet deadlines).
  • Fluent in foreign languages: Spanish, German, and/or Polish.
  • Experience in manufacturing or field installation environment.


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership)

  • Positive attitude
  • Good communication/presentation skills at multiple levels including teams/management/customers
  • Good facilitation and collaboration skills to enable ambiguous evaluations
  • A bias towards action: Personal initiative, results-driven and details-oriented
  • Good interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Able to work on multiple projects at one time


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, 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: Hickory