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Additive Manufacturing Innovation Lead - Metals

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Date: Nov 26, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50223


Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, building and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems. Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played a meaningful role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through a creative and collaborative research and development process.


Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive reciprocal culture. Corning's Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering perfection & innovative manufacturing technologies by providing diverse skills to Corning’s existing & emerging businesses. We anticipate & provide timely, valued, leading edge manufacturing technologies and engineering expertise. We partner with Corning’s businesses and the Science & Technology division. Together we build and sustain Corning’s manufacturing as a differential advantage.


Corning Incorporated focuses on building a diverse global workforce where differences are celebrated, and employees feel safe bringing their “whole selves” to work. Our Diversity Network hosts 18 active and distinctive Employee Resource Groups. Employees have access to Allyship resources, podcasts, an internal video channel, digital learning series and trainings, all focused on building and celebrating global diversity and inclusion. Corning has been recognized as a leader in this regard and has been consistently recognized as a national employer of choice.


This position is part of a cross functional engineering team supporting Additive Manufacturing Engineering (AME), specific to leading the metals and non-organic additive manufacturing design group. Focus will be on supporting science and technology projects from early stage research to tech transfer into pilot manufacturing. This includes use of different processing equipment, providing engineering technical support, and lab work for the development and implementation of internal customer projects to improve process capability and capacity. Specifically, this position is a technical leadership position under the department manager.


Role Purpose:

  • Serves as subject matter expert for department’s metal AME key technologies. Applies expertise to problem solving, guiding/coaching others, developing experimental designs and new product development. Develops technological solutions to current and future business problems and products. Identifies and drives breakthrough process, product and/or technology improvements leading to major financial impact and/or competitive advantage. Leads migration of new technologies to the Division or Plant. Is a technology gatekeeper - monitors, communicates, and champions best practices and consistent application of technology. Senior technical advisor to programs and major technical projects.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical leadership to projects, including new inventions, attribute improvement, and product or process development
  • Coaches, mentors and/or develops emerging SMEs
  • Provides technical leadership in trouble shooting for customer concerns/needs around the technology
  • Identifies technical gaps and opportunities
  • Communicates across the organization and businesses to ensure understanding of technical project, the business impact, and engage critical people resources in problem solving
  • Explains technology to non-technical leaders and colleagues to improve understanding of capabilities and potential issues
  • Interfaces with Science and Technology / Research groups on innovations, new technical approaches, and helps transfer new technologies to the manufacturing environment
  • Consults and guides strategy development teams and/or leadership to make sure products can be manufactured with the current or proposed equipment
  • Build/maintain extensive technical network both within and outside of the company
  • Champions innovation and risk taking
  • Organizes and leads technical exchange meetings
  • Prime resource for the technical capabilities and direction for the business
  • Demonstrates mastery in and can teach the use of the scientific method to determine root cause of challenges and drive for fundamental understanding through engineering best practices, including material science, custom blending of novel materials to create new scientific opportunities.
  • Assist and/or lead in problem solving for customers
  • Supervise lab technicians
  • Work on project teams to support their technical goals as it pertains to using additive manufacturing with metals and other non-organics.
  • Lead project workstreams with respect to novel use of additive manufacturing to supplement or replace incumbent manufacturing techniques.
  • Manages and/or grows technologies that may have applications that use AME as a qualified process.
  • Work in a cross-functional environment: link between research and development, qualification, and tech transfer to manufacturing, delivering the best possible solution
  • Manage workload efficiently, with customer communication as top priority.
  • Translate work, solutions, and directions into presentations to leadership that can be understood and are actionable
  • Manage customer communications efficiently and timely.
  • Manage workload with infrequent oversight or management check-ins.

Projects Involved with:

  • Research of new materials and processes to meet customer technical challenges.
  • Qualify existing equipment for use with new materials, new substrates, or advancing techniques.
  • Provide part design, edits, and revision control
  • Manage raw material, lab space, machine maintenance, lab materials, etc.
  • Provide customer with subject expertise consultations.
  • Participate in department technical strategy as applied to metals AME. This includes personnel, equipment, research projects, vendors, partners, and industry leaders.

Role within Group:

  • Point of contact for all metal AME work for our department.
  • Lab manager
  • Manager of customer workload and priority calls
  • Lab equipment owner / steward
  • Design artist for both technical and aesthetic patterns/images/artwork.


Travel Requirements:

  • less than 25%, possibly internationally


Required Education and Experience:

  • Minimum: Master’s degree in an engineering field of expertise (Mechanical / Material Science, Metallurgy, Physics, or similar)
    • Unusual exception for stellar individual with mix of advanced studies and impressive experience in Additive Manufacturing.
  • 3+ years’ experience in additive manufacturing in metals.


Required Skills:

  • Statistics or mathematical modeling
  • Metallurgical understanding and experience
  • Software proficiencies: o Solidworks o MS Project
  • Sound engineering & design background
  • Ability to lead projects and project teams of varying complexity
    • Leadership and interface of internal customers and technical resources for equipment specification, equipment development, and solutions implementation.
  • Communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong drive to succeed and implement solutions
  • Ability to use data to drive to solutions
  • Manage lab technicians (1-2)
  • Has written Engineering Reports
  • Required Software:
    • SolidWorks - CAD Designer, can create 3D models


Desired Skills:

  • Formal problem-solving leadership skills
  • Teamwork in a multicultural environment
  • Experience in the stages of innovation, transferring technology and processes from development to production
  • Corning S&T experience
  • Experience in a research lab environment
  • Demonstrated ability to permanently solve difficult or complex manufacturing issues (crises or chronic issues)
  • Has deep knowledge in multiple areas
  • Has applied for or participated in a patent application in field of expertise
  • Desired Software:
    • Materialise Magics
    • Materialise Streamics


Soft Skills:

  • Open and engaging to effectively interface with others
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Technical curiosity
  • Team player
  • Flexibility
  • Self-starter / initiator
  • Strong self-management skills


Sound like you? Apply now!


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


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