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Advanced Process Controls Engineer

Date: Jan 12, 2019

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14830

Company: Corning

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 Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering excellence & 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 create and sustain Corning’s manufacturing as a differential advantage.

Job Description: Corning Inc. is searching for a controls scientist/engineer who believes that application of cutting edge controls technology can improve manufacturing processes to provide competitive advantage. This is an opportunity to have significant impact by improving manufacturing process controls, conducting multivariate data analytics to improve process understanding, and provide optimization solutions for manufacturing and supply chain operations. The position of Advanced Process Control Engineer is considered the one of the most versatile technical roles within Corning, Inc. The scope and educational requirements of this position can be very broad to provide controls solutions that will enable novel process and manufacturing methods. The field of controls is evolving rapidly from the traditional temperature sensing and control to the large complex multi-input, multi-output systems requiring modern controls, data analytics and modeling. Corning values and utilizes the full spectrum of controls technologies.


Corning Incorporated is a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, focusing on keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Corning’s Manufacturing, Technology, and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering excellence and innovative manufacturing technologies by providing diverse skills to existing and emerging businesses. Corning’s MTE division is seeking an advanced process controls engineer to support development of new processes, optimization of existing processes, and utilization of modern process controls strategies to improve our manufacturing processes.


Job Responsibilities: The specific job responsibility will be dependent upon the active project and may include but not be limited to:

• Design, develop and implement process controls solutions for Engineering and Manufacturing processes.

• Evaluate existing control strategies and propose enhancements. Optimize or retrofit existing processes through modern control strategies such as optimal control, robust control, adaptive control, or model predictive control.

• Work closely with manufacturing to define appropriate controls hardware platforms/systems for implementing process control solutions

• Develop and apply process controls skills to implement solutions in PLC/DCS environments.

• Implement, test, and troubleshoot developed process control strategies.

• Develop in-depth knowledge of existing processes to identify process control optimization opportunities and write proposals to initiate control projects.

• Work with process subject matter experts and apply process data analysis skills to gain fundamental understanding of manufacturing processes.

• Work closely with experienced professionals in multi-disciplined teams to design, develop and implement solutions for manufacturing processes

• Utilize multivariate analysis to design for process capability

• Lead projects and work in a multi-disciplinary research, development, and engineering environment to identify opportunities for advanced controls.

• Leverage optimization techniques to improve process performance and efficiency.

• Facilitate the transfer of new process control technologies into manufacturing and provide training to manufacturing and engineering personnel.

• Document process control finding in technical reports. Generate intellectual property through invention disclosures and patent applications.


Travel Requirements:

• Possible international and domestic travel. Could travel as much as 25%.


Required Education:

• Masters or PhD in Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering with heavy coursework focus on Advanced Controls, Data Analytics or Optimization. PhD highly preferred.


Required Years of Experience:

• 1 -5 years of experience in industry on manufacturing processes. New graduates with related internship experience will be considered.


Required Skills:

• Familiarity with a diverse array of process controls technologies such as model predictive, multi-variable, non-linear approaches, and classic PID control.

• Practical application of classical control theory, including PID control loop tuning, and advanced techniques.

• Programming experience in Matlab / Simulink

• System Modeling and / or identification

• Problem solving abilities

• Strong verbal and written skills

• Excellent interpersonal skills

• Ability to prepare and present presentations effectively

• Multi-variant analysis (PCA, PLS)

• Ability to work in a manufacturing environment.

• Functions well on projects and team initiatives as well as independent assignments. Results-oriented individual with a track record of meeting commitments and managing time well. Values the strength of diverse team membership and is accountable to the team.


Desired Skills:

• Strong technical curiosity with desire to take on challenging technical problems

• Programming in a variety of languages such as C++ or .NET languages, such as C# and Visual Basic

• Skills that can be demonstrated in PLC and IEC base programming (ladder, structured text)

• Background and application using process optimization methods

• Background in multivariate statistical process control methods, data- based modeling, and large scale analysis

• Experience working in or leading cross-functional teams

• Experience in advanced control strategies. Experience with Model Predictive Control implementation and multivariate data analytics is a differentiator.

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