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Senior Carrier Networks Systems Engineer

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Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28216

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 59809


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.


Purpose of Position: 

The Sr. Carrier Networks Systems Engineer will work directly with Sales, Marketing, Customer Care, and other commercial functions within the organization to support internal and external customers on projects of significant scope and scale with fiber optic system design. Work with large carriers in both pre and post-sales support consisting of technical presentations, training, writing of design practices, and technical support. The engineer will also be responsible for the design of passive optical networks and the generation of associated bills of material (BOMs) for Fiber-to-the-Home networks. Our experienced engineers will work with our customers to develop a design rule set specific for that customer. The rule set would then need to be followed by our Systems Engineers and Technicians. The Sr. Carrier Networks Systems Engineer develops this with the external customer and then trains our internals when they create designs for that particular customer. FTTX networks would be inclusive of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks, solutions for Multi-Dwelling-Units (MDUs), Fiber-to-the-Business (FTTB), and other Access Networks.


Key Responsibilities:

  • The Design Engineer will often accompany sales and other commercial representatives on customer visits to present solutions, provide training, and assist with various technical issues for both pre and post-sales support of FTTx designs
  • Create technical design philosophies and present these to both internal and external stakeholders utilizing the most efficient Corning solutions taking customers’ challenges into consideration
  • Utilizes knowledge of products and product suites to develop optimized passive optical network solutions for customers using engineering methods and cost modeling strategies
  • The Design Engineer must balance the goal of creating an optimized solution against an understanding of the customer’s needs to best meet corporate objectives, both financial and strategic


Required Education and Skills:

  • 4-year degree required in an Engineering discipline; Mechanical, Civil, or Electrical preferred 
  • 5+ years or more of experience in the Telecommunication’s industry
  • Ability to quickly assimilate technical and commercial information from multiple sources and consolidate this into a focused technical position
  • Self-motivation and the ability to succeed under minimal supervision, often with vague and nebulous information and direction
  • Ability to meet stringent deadlines, operate in a fast-paced multi-task environment, and effectively manage competing time requirements
  • Ability to communicate ideas and solutions to all organizational levels (Technician, Engineer, Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Leadership, and Executive)
  • 100% proficiency in English, written and verbal


Desired Skills:

  • Outside Plant Fiber Optic Design
  • Knowledge of Passive Optical Network products (FTTx, LAN, Data Center) and how they are utilized to create network design solutions
  • Field experience with fiber optic products (FTTx, LAN, Data Center) and processes such as cable handling, fiber splicing, connectorization, and testing
  • Experience with computer aided drafting (CAD)
  • Product development or manufacturing experience
  • Knowledge of basic optical fiber theory


Job Location and Travel:

Position is based out of Charlotte, NC. Domestic relocation assistance is available. This role anticipates up to 25% travel.


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, 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. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte