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Operations Process Engineer

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Date: Sep 28, 2021

Location: Christiansburg, VA, US, 24073

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49199


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.

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:

We will look to have you deliver improved manufacturing performance through improved execution, maintenance, and operational ownership in various areas of the plant. Support daily operations in process troubleshooting and problem-solving manufacturing process issues, driving continuous improvement and cost reduction to achieve plant requirements for safety, quality, delivery, selects, uptime, throughput, and cost. Apply technical knowledge and practices to effectively to solve difficult technical, operational, and engineering related problems.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provides day-to-day problem-solving support to production and troubleshoots material, process/equipment issues, identifies root cause and implements corrective action
  • Work directly with engineering and operations in fixing and resolving process issues
  • Work with operators, team leaders, and peers to develop and implement process, equipment, Lean, 5S, or safety improvements into manufacturing
  • Develop project plans, timelines, cost estimates for process improvements to meet the overall manufacturing and operations objectives
  • 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, process/equipment changes and experimental plans involving the production process, including process improvement, new product trial runs, equipment/tooling redesign, raw material, batch and/or component changes
  • Identifies, implements, and documents material, process and/or equipment changes that deliver key improvements
  • Supports development and implementation of training and development programs for new and experienced operators and other engineers


Hours of work/work schedule/flextime:

  • M-F; day shift; 40+ hours
  • This position supports a 24/7 manufacturing operation. Occasionally must flex working schedule as required to meet business needs.
  • Able to respond to off-hours calls to resolve manufacturing process upsets or plant systems downtime events.


Travel Requirements:

We anticipate travel will be less than 10%


Required Education & Experience:

  • BS in Ceramic, Chemical, Materials, Mechanical engineering, or related field
  • 1+ years of hands-on experience in engineering or manufacturing


Required Skills:

  • Project leadership experience or training
  • Sound ability to operate as an individual contributor or collaborate in team or matrix organization
  • Self-motivated and self-starter who is results oriented and can work independently with high commitment / energy
  • Strong technical curiosity and desire to learn
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making processes and skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize with demonstrated organizational & planning skills
  • Track record of accomplishment on small projects or production support
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills across all levels of the organization
  • Experience working on technical problems or teams with technicians
  • Basic computer skills - MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Statistical Analysis Tools, MS Project or other Project scheduling tools
  • Conflict management -seeks win-win solutions. Calms down and resolves problems versus escalating
  • Works well under stressful/emergency situations


Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated results delivering technical improvements in Manufacturing
  • Experience with ceramic manufacturing and experience and understanding of process management systems, process control and discipline techniques
  • Advanced computer skills in Excel, Access, and Statistical Analysis Tools (Minitab or JMP)
  • Demonstrated summer internship experience in their technical field during undergraduate study work, plus have had a few years of industry experience
  • Shift supervisory experience
  • Effectively manage and deliver on multiple priorities
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of different technical backgrounds
  • Interpersonal skills – engaging, enabling, open


Soft Skills:

Actively seeks improvement and demands excellence of self and others. Must be self-motivated, self-directed, and resourceful. Must be action oriented, detail oriented, and results oriented. Must be capable of giving direction to others to accomplish assigned tasks. Does what is right, treats others with respect, seeks continuous improvement, and takes personal responsibility. Responds positively to change and is flexible to accept assignments in support of overall site goals. Must be proactive and display a collaborative work style. Strong interpersonal skills due to highly diverse teams


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: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia