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Date: Aug 6, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45470


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 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.


Scope of Position: 

  • Project focus will be implementation of automated process machines, material handling systems, and flexible automation in Corning manufacturing plants and processes. Role within group: Member of cross-functional project teams responsible for concept generation / certification, technology development, detail design / build, and start-up of automation and process machine systems in manufacturing 


Day to Day Responsibilities: 

  • Internal subject matter expert in machine / motion control systems, system integration, sensors, electro-mechanical devices and robotics. 
  • Maintain department’s state of the art knowledge and capability in commercially available machine / motion control systems, system integration, part sensing, and robotics technologies. 
  • Assigned to engineering project teams that are responsible to deliver robust, cost effective automation and process machine systems to Corning’s manufacturing plants and processes 
  • Work with project team to solve difficult automation problems, resolve project related issues, and develop fundamental understanding of technical / process requirements critical to system success. 
  • Develop fundamental understanding of critical process and technical requirements, identify areas of technical risk in assigned projects, conduct prototype / feasibility testing to verify concept, and define and document system design specifications. 
  • Develop control architectures, control functional specification, and system integration requirements that will satisfy process and manufacturing requirements. 
  • Direct the design layouts of both complete electrical controls systems and controls subsections. Review electrical / electro-mechanical drawing package for conformance to industry and Corning standards. 
  • Design, and / or direct resources, to develop fully integrated machine tools / motion control systems, robot cells, and safety systems. 
  • Perform risk assessments and design robot safety systems. 
  • Understand and implement hardware for the control and safety systems.
  • Interface with external system integrators and machine builders to successfully deliver fully integrated process equipment systems to Corning’s plants on-time, on-budget, and that satisfy performance measures 
  • Actively participate / direct all phases of the project including design, fabrication, off-line integration and testing, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel, and technology transfer. 
  • Report on project activities on a pre-determined basis. Ensure results meet the customer’s requirements as well as applicable national and international equipment design standards. 
  • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments, in a team based environment, with minimal supervision. 


Travel Requirements: 

  • Estimate travel at 30% - 50% depending upon specific project assignment. 
  • Travel may be required during installation, debug, and start-up as well as for routine interaction with customers and suppliers 
  • International travel possible based on project assignment 


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 

  • Normal Business Hours (8 – 5, M – F), however, expected to work hours required to achieve project objectives. 


Required Education: 

  • Bachelor of Science - Electrical / Mechanical Engineering 


Required Years and Area of Experience: 

  • 3+ years of engineering experience with demonstrated success designing, developing and implementing, robust state of the art control solutions using machine / motion control systems, flexible automation, robotics systems, and electro-mechanical systems into manufacturing 


Required Skills: 

  • High level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges incumbent in the position. Ability and interest to learn, and apply, new technologies in support of overall technical objectives 
  • Strong fundamental understanding of electrical design practices, machine / motion control systems, electro-mechanical systems, robotics, programming, and system integration. Demonstrated skills in control systems design, programming, and systems integration with strong understanding of open loop and closed loop control systems. 
  • Familiar with state of the art technologies in the following areas: control systems integration, controls architectures, PLC’s, motion control systems, electro-mechanical drive systems, robotics, part sensing, vision, risk assessment, and safety systems 
  • Able to effectively leverage external machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration of later stages of system implementation 
  • Ability to work in a team based environment and participate on a highly matrixed team 
  • Possesses an understanding of general mechanics and ability to apply it in troubleshooting and system design. 
  • Self-starter who is able to exceed expectations for their objectives and timelines with a minimal amount of supervision 
  • Sound problem solving and decision making processes and skills
  • Highly motivated, results oriented, customer focused, with a high commitment level 


Desired Skills: 

  • Allen Bradley and Mitsubishi machine and motion control experience (most current techniques desired) 
  • Control system (PLC, motion control, safety devices, high level languages) and robotic programming skills (FANUC, Adept, etc.) 
  • Knowledge of glass and ceramic manufacturing 
  • Entrepreneurial 
  • Forward looking 
  • Prior experience moving a new product or process from development into manufacturing. • Knowledgeable in applicable national and international electrical and robotic design and safety codes. 
  • 2D and 3D software design tools (AutoCAD, SolidWorks). 
  • Manufacturing plant experience 


Soft Skills: 

  • Ability to work on a diverse project team 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills . 
  • Ability to effectively manage high levels of uncertainty, ambiguity, and change 
  • Relationship Building 
  • Leadership skills, open and engaging communication style


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, or 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: Corning