Forming Process Engineer

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Date: May 31, 2024

Location: Christiansburg, VA, US, 24073

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 63206


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. 

Corning’s Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile and stationary applications around the world.


Scope of Position:

  • Deliver manufacturing process improvements with a focus on the extrusion forming process.
  • Support daily operations as needs arise in troubleshooting and problem solving manufacturing process issues, driving continuous improvement and cost reduction.
  • Apply technical knowledge and practices to effectively accomplish technical assignments and projects.
  • Support and lead projects to fulfill department goals and objectives in direct support of manufacturing and operations of CELCOR products. Day to Day Responsibilities:
  • Design and execute experiments, testing hypothesis that advance fundamental understanding in support of extrusion process improvement
  • Interface with operators, team leaders, and peers to develop and implement process, equipment, Lean, 5S, or safety improvements into manufacturing
  • Provide engineering expertise and leadership for process technologies within the Blacksburg Plant’s Forming Department (Corning Environmental Technologies).
  • Manufacturing problem solving as needed in support of operations, including root cause identification and resolution.
  • Apply knowledge of engineering principles and methods to resolve challenges.
  • Supports new product introductions through equipment installation, process certification, documentation, and training.
  • Develop project plans, timelines, and cost estimates for process improvements to meet the overall manufacturing and operations objectives with a focus on extrusion process engineering
  • Trains operators and trades personnel on new equipment and processes.
  • Uses rigorous processes and technical knowledge to build detailed technical understanding for key process steps.
  • Functions as a team member or team leader on focused projects.
  • Trouble shoots material, process and equipment issues, identifies root cause and implements corrective action.
  • Implements and documents material, process and/or equipment changes.
  • Assure quality and repeatability of processes and products.
  • Assures safety of operators and equipment and complies with safety and environmental regulations.
  • Develops SME knowledge of material, process and/or equipment in focused areas of manufacturing or engineering.
  • Executes cost reduction and improvement (DMAIC) projects in line with business objectives.


Required Education and Experience:

  • BS or MS in Engineering (Materials, Mechanical, Chemical, Industrial)
  • 0-5 years of engineering work experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Aptitude for successfully driving to root cause and implementing step change improvement in manufacturing.
  • Project leadership aptitude, including ability to achieve results through teams.
  • Strong technical fundamentals with process engineering skills as well as strong data analysis and interpretation skills
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Excel, including formulas and graphing functions.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills


Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness at technical problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt trained and basic knowledge of Six Sigma (DMAIC) methodology.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in process improvement, measurement, characterization, or ceramics processing
  • Some experience with Statistical Software (R, Minitab, JMP, etc.) Soft Skills:
  • Personal initiative and commitment
  • Organized with good planning and time management skills
  • Ability to build relationships within cross functional groups; team building skills
  • Positive attitude, flexible and good work ethic


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.  

The range for this position is  $66,664.00   -  $91,663.00 assuming full time status. Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position are dependent on hours worked and may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.

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

Nearest Major Market: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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