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Date: Jul 18, 2022

Location: Concord, NC, US, 28026

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 52982


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.


POSITION SUMMARY: Controls Engineer

This position will serve as an electrical control engineer for the wind engineering manufacturing support group at Corning’s Concord, NC facility. Their main responsibility is to ensure that complex fiber winding manufacturing equipment and processes meet daily production requirements in terms of safety, quality, and reliability. The candidate will monitor daily process attributes, initiate troubleshooting responses and drive process improvements.


This position requires the candidate to be versed in various controls platforms and electrical engineering principles. An ideal candidate will drive to fundamental process understanding and lowest cost producer objectives.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ability to generate, debug and modify PLC code – both ladder logic and structured text.
  • Sound understanding of AC/DC electrical theory, and practical application thereof.
  • Experience with electro-mechanical devices such as servo motors, valves, and sensing devices
  • Ability to generate and interpret electrical drawings using AutoCAD Electrical.
  • Ability to participate or lead project or process improvement teams. Essential Skills and Duties:
  •  Provide high quality electrical process support for a fast-paced 24 x 7 manufacturing environment.
  •  Adhere to site and Corporate safety procedures: Lock-Out Tag-Out and authorized work permissions.
  • Track daily production/quality metrics and plan reactionary measures as needed.
  • Demonstrate strong equipment and process troubleshooting skills.
  • Work closely with support teams to understand and resolve equipment issues.
  • Ensure fiber wind equipment is safe to operate.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Creative/innovative problem solving.


Required Education and Experience:

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering.
  • 1 or more year’s equipment/controls experience in manufacturing is preferred but not required.


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Beckhoff, Allen Bradley or similar controllers and associated hardware including: PLC and I/O devices, motion control, and various communication protocols
  • Self-starter able to exceed expectations with a minimal amount of supervision.
  • Highly motivated with a focus on customer satisfaction and results.
  • Basic understanding of project management skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to reach root cause mechanisms.
  •  Working knowledge of data analysis techniques using Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Familiarity with experimental design.
  • Understanding of Six Sigma techniques.
  •  Knowledge of IEC-1131 programming methodology, closed loop control systems and PID tuning.
  • Understanding of NFPA and NEC safety codes and best practices
  • Provide trend analysis of key metrics and implement response plans.


Hours of Work:

  • Standard 5-day work week, 40-45 hours/week.
  • This position requires off-hours coverage on nights and weekends on a rotating basis with co-workers.


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
Nearest Secondary Market: Concord