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Date: Jun 22, 2024

Location: Christiansburg, VA, US, 24073

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 63178


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.


Role Purpose:

  • Refractory Mason Journeyman Refractory Masonry consists of building and repairing heat and corrosion resistant structures and vessels such as furnaces, tanks, and kiln cars. These structures are an integral part of Corning’s Substrate firing process.
  • A Refractory Mason must be able to work in confined spaces and extreme (hot, dusty) environmental conditions.
  • Due to the nature of tasks associated with this position all Journeyman Masons are required to be Journeyman Refractory Specialist.

Key Responsibilities:

  • A Refractory Mason performs some or all the following: Adherence to all facility work rules and housekeeping/cleanliness.
  • Demonstrates safe working practices and procedures.
  • Adaptation of job site environment
  • Prepares and uses necessary equipment and materials to perform work of a construction nature.
  • Using supplied construction prints to identify, layout, and complete masonry tasks as required to construct refractory structures Installation of refractory brick and associated ceramic components.
  • Understand processes for measuring and mixing refractory ingredients for a wide variety of mortars and other bonding agents.
  • Monitor mix of mortars to ensure correct ingredients, consistency, and texture.
  • Operate equipment required for cutting, drilling, grooving, grinding, and sizing refractory brick.
  • Possess working knowledge of cutting, drilling and grinding media used on equipment.
  • Understand the function and operation of hand tools required such as drills, saws, levels, trowels, grinders, and measurement devices.
  • Operate ingredient mixers of all sizes to properly mix mortars Have knowledge of ladders, scaffolding and associated equipment to establish safe work platforms.
  • Cleaning, grouting, pointing and other work necessary to achieve desired construction results on.
  • Masonry projects Installation of insulating materials used within the masonry field such as fiber frax and duraboard type items.
  • Execute demolition of existing refractory structures and proper disposal of old materials Interface with computers and computer-controlled equipment as needed.



  • Required domestic travel and some voluntary international travel Qualifications.
  • Candidate must currently hold the Mason Journeyman classification.
  • Safe working attitude and behaviors
  • Familiar with masonry tools, equipment, and safety equipment
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving Use of trowels, levels, transit and/or sight level, and other masonry hand and powered tools and equipment
  • Use of measuring tapes, rules, squares used to layout and install materials to specifications.
  • Demonstrated advanced masonry and refractory masonry skills.
  • Good communication skills Strong ownership of achieving team deliverables and meet schedules.
  • Ability Able to operate a fork truck in tight spaces.
  • Work independently by him / herself and do well within team group
  • Capability of reading / understanding mechanical and construction drawings
  • Layout construction lines accurately, squarely and within tolerances Lay brick, block, and other masonry, true to the line, level and plumb.
  • Select proper material and estimate quantities Able to travel outside of country for short term to long term basis.
  • Medically cleared to wear all appropriate safety personal protective equipment (example: respirators etc.)


  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in related jobs
  • Qualified candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED.

This position does not support immigration sponsorship. 

The starting pay for this position is ​$33.91 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

Nearest Major Market: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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