Glass Machinist Apprentice

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Date: Nov 17, 2023

Location: Canton, NY, US, 13617

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 61375


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. 

The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.


Purpose of Position:

  • A glass machinist apprentice will plan, setup, program machine, lightweight and measure high value hardware components, primarily for optical applications.
  • Operations include grinding, milling, light weighting, contouring, vent holing, and other precision machining to meet customer specifications.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Interpret customer and Corning internal drawings/blueprints of glass (mirror or other) parts and determine the approach to be used to meet specifications on 5-axis CNC machines, 5-axis AWJ machines, Large Campbell grinders, Northwoods vent hole machines or similar equipment
  • Determine proper method and sequence to assemble and align workpiece support systems to specific tolerances
  • Determine process details of how the parts will be loaded, held in place during machining, and unloaded from machine
  • Determine what the optimum tooling, grits, speeds, feeds, lead angles are for machining, light weighting or contouring of parts to ensure features and dimensions specified are met
  • Manage machine/process operations through the CNC controller and process control computer
  • Monitor, measure, and generate process performance metrics through the use of handheld measurement tools and system-generated data.
  • Operate material handling equipment such as overhead cranes, fork trucks, vacuum systems, and other material handling equipment to move heavy items up to 8 ton without damage.
  • Participate in the writing, revision and monitoring of Standard Operating Procedures



  • Graduate from SUNY Canton or other college in A.A.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology or
  • Graduate from vocational/trade school/Apprentice CNC Machinist program or
  • Machinist and CNC work experience that is equivalent to this level of training and education
  • Ability to work in a team environment with engineering, technical, production and project management personnel


US Citizenship required

In order to comply with Corning’s government contract requirements at this location, if you receive an offer of employment for this position, you will need to provide documentation of your U.S. citizen status.


The starting pay for this position is ​$32.56 hourly rate.  Compensation and benefits available for this position are dictated by the appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, 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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at

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