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Development Technician

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Date: Aug 13, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 53876


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.


Scope of Position:

  • Development technician focused on advancing optical fiber furcation component design and innovation.
  • Solving problems based on fundamental understanding gained through the use of the scientific method and DOE.
  • Work closely with engineers to perform experiments and develop process technologies and solutions.
  • Collaboration with internal and external subject matter experts.
  • Evaluation of new raw materials, component designs, processes, and equipment.
  • Projects could support any Corning division or research and development.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

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


Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 25% on average depending on the project requirements. Includes international travel.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  •  40+ hours/week


Required Education:

  • Two year technical degree or 3-5 years on the job experience


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • 1+ years of experience of in a development or experimental laboratory environment. Ideally working with fiber optic assemblies assemblies and testing.


Required Skills:

  • Strong problem solver utilizing structured techniques.
  • Demonstrated, applied mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to clearly express technical ideas.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • 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.
  • General computer and networking knowledge (MS office).
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Data retrieval and management.


Desired Skills:

  • Design products or manufacturing processes using CAD (Pro Engineer a PLUS)
  • Capable of performing complex data analysis using MS excel (SPC), or statistical software such as JMP or Minitab.
  • Familiar with fiber optics.
  • Fluent in foreign languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Polish
  • Experience with lab and equipment electrical controls and measurement systems (PLC, Labview, ect.)
  • Experience in manufacturing environment
  • Experience with discrete manual and/or automated processing equipment.


Soft Skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Personal initiative and commitment
  • Capable of working independently and seeking assistance and/or clarification as needed.
  • Organized with good planning and time management skills
  • Ability to build relationships within cross functional groups; team building skills
  • Positive attitude, flexible and good work ethic.


This role 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