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Electrical Controls Engineer

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Date: Mar 7, 2023

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405 Concord, NC, US, 28026

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56998


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

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:

Corning’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology group (AMT) is focused on aspects of manufacturing equipment across the following areas. - Development/design - Industrialization - Procurement - Deployment, commissioning and startup This position is in the Fiber Capital Programs (FCP) department within the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group (AMT) and is focused on equipment deployment, commissioning, and startup. The position is for an Electrical/Controls Engineer to be a member of a project team and provide Electrical Engineering leadership in the building, installation, commissioning and startup of Corning Optical Communications manufacturing systems in the optical fiber and cable division. PLC code and SCADA/HMI development is not the primary function of this position. Programming skills could be utilized as opportunities arise within FCP and potentially within other functions outside of FCP.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provide electrical discipline support in the construction, test, installation, and debug of equipment systems at both domestic and international manufacturing sites.
  • Learn & understand process & equipment functions in area of responsibility, including system analog and digital I/O requirements, control sequence logic, fail safe states and recovery sequences.
  • Interface with external system integrators and machine builders to successfully deliver fully integrated process equipment systems to plants on-time, on-budget and that satisfy performance measures.
  • Incorporate safety and risk analysis into equipment designs.
  • Assure quality and repeatability of processes and products.
  • Provide assistance in developing integrated industrial control systems for new manufacturing equipment and modification of existing equipment.
  • Work closely with the Technology Development, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations groups to industrialize and reduce cost of new equipment designs.
  • Assess condition and usability of existing equipment for fit and function with new installation plans.
  • Work with equipment vendors on build and acceptance of equipment.
  • Support initial equipment set-up and debug up to the point of turnover to operations.
  • Develop and use project plans and timelines to achieve project goals without sacrificing safety, intellectual property or product quality. Adhere to all corporate, business unit and site guidelines.
  • Support development of detailed process equipment installation plans and supervise contract trades groups during installation.
  • Use mechanical and electrical start-up/debug checklists, drawings and process equipment documentation, including directing technicians on creating and using the documentation.
  • Oversee and provide direction to direct and contract engineers and technicians, internal maintenance, and outside contract trades.
  • Support and conduct troubleshooting for equipment and process issues during installation and start-up phases, identify root cause and implement long-term corrective actions.
  • Train plant engineers, technicians, maintenance and operations personnel on the manufacturing platform as part of the turnover to operations.


Travel Requirements:

Typical travel can range from a few days to a few weeks during the project initiation phase. During the deployment phase of the project, travel may be full-time. Design, Development and/or Deployment phases typically range from 3-9 months but can extend to 1+ years. Travel will be required to Corning Optical Fiber and Cable Manufacturing sites in North Carolina (Concord, Winston-Salem, Hickory, Newton, and Wilmington) and overseas sites in India, China, and Europe.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

40hrs+ M-F- overtime, adjusted hours and weekends may be required based on where the project is in the project life cycle.


Required Education/Skills

  • BS Electrical Engineering with minimum 2+ years manufacturing experience working with process and automation equipment
  • Familiar with installation and operation of manufacturing equipment.
  • Knowledge of power systems for 480VAC and below
  • Determines and recommends best solution from a series of alternatives within plant guidelines
  • Translates engineering solutions to requirements, then further to process and/or equipment designs which deliver required performance criteria as well as interpreting electrical drawings and schematics to aid in troubleshooting.
  • Works well with other disciplines (IT, Mechanical, and Process engineering) to fully understand manufacturing system functionality and design requirements


Desired Skills:

  • Equipment or software experience preferred: * AutoCAD®, AutoCAD Electrical, Windows, MS Office suite including Power Point, Excel, Word. PLC and PC based systems, Beckhoff PLC / Motion Control, B&R PLC Control, A-B PLC / Motion Control, Automated equipment systems experience.
  • Knowledge of regulations applicable to area of expertise and works to ensure compliance (NEC, NFPA70, OSHA, etc.).
  • Experience working on a manufacturing floor or construction environment, with a strong focus on job site safety and proactive safety approach.
  • Displays a bias for action in situations of uncertainty, addresses issues and problems proactively.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Project management experience, including developing project scope, budgets and schedules.
  • Knowledge of the Optical Fiber manufacturing process.
  • Technical skills for future assignments with other Corning Departments
  • PLC code development to achieve desired operation/throughput of new and existing production equipment.
  • SCADA/HMI development, PID control theory knowledge, Electro/mechanical technical understanding


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


Corning Puts YOU First! 
We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 
•    Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
•    Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, pad parental leave, mental health/substance, fitness, and disease management programs.  
•    Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
•    Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
•    Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals. 


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: Wilmington