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Converting Development Process Engineer

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Date: Jun 10, 2022

Location: Big Flats, NY, US, 14814 Corning, NY, US, 14831 Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50036


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.


At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.


Purpose of the Position:

Corning Pharmaceutical Technologies (CPT) develops glass packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. The key responsibilities for this role focus on development of both incremental and next generation processes delivering capability, cost, and quality objectives through technical innovation. Lead and perform glass forming experiments for vial converting in Research and Production Assets (Big Flats and Durham). Areas of focus: Cost reduction (process improvement, yield improvement, increased throughput).  Developing processes for new Products and SKU’s. Drive fundamental understanding of the process, work with modeling and Research team. Find helpful relationships in the data. 

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Lead and perform glass forming experiments on the converting machine in Research (Sullivan Park, NY) and in Production (Big Flats, NY and Durham, NC)
  • Develop and test step change technology to drive down unit cost, improve yield, increase quality and work towards faster throughputs beyond what the industry sees today
  • Use advanced process measurements to tie key forming metrics to product attributes
  • Develop and test advanced controls that create a stable process with high CpK
  • Develop fundamental process understanding that enables optimized setups across multiple product sizes and analyze rate limiting steps to open future process windows
  • Understand process/glass interactions to produce industry leading glass quality in converted ware, and inform future glass inspection systems
  • Work on a collaborative team of process, mechanical design and controls
  • Document work through RTR’s, Experiment Reports and Invention Disclosures
  • Collaborate across development, engineering, and manufacturing organizations to transfer technology from development to manufacturing scale environments.
  • Partner with Science and Technology to transition new capabilities from research to development and lead experimentation to demonstrate feasibility in application.
  • Define process requirements for next generation equipment through fundamental understanding, modeling, and prototype scale experimentation.
  • Collaborate with product development to design capable processes enabling new products attributes and customer focused solutions.
  • Partner across the product development and commercial teams to deliver targeted process capability and customer samples enabling new business development.

Education & Experience:

  • BS or MS in Engineering (Chemical preferred), Mechanical with 3-5 years’ experience.

Required Skills:

  • Manipulate large datasets in JMP (preferred), Excel or Matlab
  • Familiar with Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Demonstrated technical leadership with the technical curiosity to drive root cause understanding and foundational solutions.
  • Experience resolving complex problems based on theoretical analysis and structured problem-solving methodology.
  • Ability to develop, scale, and transfer technology across research, development, engineering, and manufacturing.
  • Ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries with effective communication skills throughout all levels of the organization.  Strong technical fundamentals with process engineering skills 
  • Able to collaborate across organizational boundaries and integrate solutions 
  • Demonstrated leadership or teamwork in accomplishing common goals 
  • Strong data analysis and interpretation skills 
  • Practical experience with basic statistics

Desired Skills:

  • Glass Forming experience
  • Should be familiar with DOE and statistical tools.
  • Modeling background or ability to work with modeling team
  • Independent / Data Driven / Problem Solver
  • Experience across lab scale, pilot, and manufacturing environments
  • Project management skills and experience

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Candidate should be 80% Design / 20% Process, Measurements or Controls
  • Willingness to learn is a must
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience networking in a matrixed environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Travel Requirements (please note if international):

Some travel in the valley (between Sullivan Park, Decker Building and Big Flats). Some travel to Durham, NC for experiments / process demos. Occasional travel possible to Europe for vendor visits, trade shows or internal meetings.

Hours of work/work schedule/flextime:

M-F, business hours; flex-time possible.  May need to support occasional off shift experiment. 

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.

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