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Project / Equipment Engineer

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Date: Jun 18, 2021

Location: Christiansburg, VA, US, 24073

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 46085


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: To provide mechanical and project management expertise to various areas of the plant in support of daily operations and continuous improvement and cost reductions projects. Apply technical knowledge and practices to effectively accomplish technical assignments and projects. Actively participates within and beyond department boundaries to resolve important equipment and process issues. Enhance manufacturing capabilities through the implementation of new ideas and methods. Support and lead projects to fulfill department goals and objectives in direct support of manufacturing and operations.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of bringing new processes / equipment into production, including preparation of financial justification, specifying, purchasing, as well as tracking all spending related to the project.
  • Establish overall project plans (scope, schedule, cost estimates, project acceptance criteria, and risk management, etc.)
  • Work with vendors to identify replacement/new technology for equipment.
  • Develop maintenance and operator training documentation, conduct equipment qualification and initial training of production personnel.
  • Formally document all aspects of the project to ensure all documentation for projects are completed such as Drawings, Spare Parts, Procedures, PM's, and Calibration.
  • Provide engineering support during equipment development, develop plans as to how the equipment/processes will be employed into production and ensure that the new technology is repeatable in a production environment prior to transfer.
  • Work directly with engineering and maintenance in troubleshooting and resolving mechanical and electrical equipment issues.
  • Prepare cost justifications and capital requests for any new process improvements or new equipment purchases.
  • Work with outside contractors to repair and install equipment.
  • Interface with Operations, Maintenance and Engineering to develop/design and implement processes, equipment or safety improvements into manufacturing.
  • Experimentation understanding and some experience; planning, executing and data/statistical analysis


Hours: Monday- Friday; 40+ hours per week; some weekend duty - 6 to 7 times/year; support 24/7 manufacturing operation


Travel: Minimal <10%; mostly domestic


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent technical degree with focus on mechanical engineering
  • Minimum 6+ years of manufacturing, design and project management experience
  • Track record of project management accomplishments.
  • Supervisor experience


Required Skills:

  • Technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the problem.
  • Sound troubleshooting, problem solving and decision-making processes and skills.
  • Project Leadership experience
  • Experience with Solidworks and AutoCAD design software; Ability to interpret prints
  • Fundamental understanding of the process and materials to enable the development of cost-effective products and machine systems.
  • Ability to effectively manage external machine builders, system integrators, and outside contractors for detail design, build and installation of machine system
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Effectively manage and deliver on multiple priorities


Soft Skills:

  • Ability to work in a team-based environment as well as individually. Working across organizational boundaries to integrate solutions.
  • Self-motivated and self-starter: results oriented with high commitment/energy
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of different technical backgrounds
  • Strong written and communications skills
  • Actively coach and mentor project team members
  • Interpersonal skills - engaging, enabling, open


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