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Carrier Networks Systems Engineer

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Date: Jul 21, 2022

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28216

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 55675


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.


Purpose of the Position:

The Carrier Networks Systems Engineer will work directly with Sales, Marketing, Customer Care, and other commercial functions to support external customers with fiber designs for the carrier market. The responsibilities will entail working with tier 2/3 and MSO carriers in both pre and post sales support ulilizing sound design and technical knowledge. The engineer will be responsible for the design of passive optical networks and the generation of associated bills of material (BOMs) for fiber-to-the-home networks. In addition to FTTH networks, the Design Engineer may create both inside plant and outside plant solutions for Multi-Dwelling-Units (MDUs), Fiber-to-the-Business (FTTB), and other Access Networks. The engineer will also respond to RFQ’s, technical responses to documents, and cable loading calculations.


Education & Experience:

  • 4-year degree in an Engineering discipline - mechanical or electrical


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.
  • Utilizes knowledge of products and product suites to develop optimized passive optical network solutions for customers.
  • Design support provided will leverage commercial sensitivity to achieve technically sound customer deliverables while enhancing business relationships.
  • Will be required to utilize sound problem solving abilities to achieve desired objectives. Multiple design iterations may be necessary to develop optimal solutions which satisfy customer requirements as well as desires.
  • Formulate technical solutions using products which are core to the business as well as those which are newly released or even modified to meet custom specifications.
  • 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.
  • Communication with the appropriate internal commercial personnel must be maintained throughout the design process in order to properly manage commercial impact.
  • Many responsibilities are shared between all members of the Design Engineering group while several specific roles may be assigned to individuals to maximize efficiencies and capitalize on key strengths.
  • Special projects often requiring additional travel or even being embedded with external customers may be assigned to individuals based on demand, workload, priority, and experience.


Required Skills:

  • Proficiency with current desktop computer software including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook.
  • Ability to meet stringent deadlines, operate in a fast-paced multi-task environment, and effectively manage competing time requirements.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to succeed under minimal supervision, often with vague and nebulous information and direction.
  • Ability to quickly assimilate technical and commercial information from multiple sources and consolidate this into a focused technical position.
  • 100% proficiency in English, written and verbal.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and solutions to other parts of the organization (Technician, Engineer, Sales, Marketing, Product Management).


Desired Skills:

  • 1-2 years or more of experience in the telecommunications industry.
  • Experience with computer aided drafting (CAD).
  • Product development or manufacturing experience.
  • Knowledge of basic optical fiber theory
  • 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 working in a commercial organization (Sales, Marketing, etc.).


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.

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte