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Development Engineer, Automotive Futures

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Date: Jan 27, 2023

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56906


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.  We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.


Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

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:

Corning’s Automotive Futures team is developing innovative products to position Corning for a long-term leadership role in the Automotive market.  The team is seeking a development engineer with a broad materials science and materials processing background to assist in developing and characterizing potential product solutions. This position would work closely with technology management and program management to execute upon and assess solutions, in addition to performing other tasks comprising a 'product specialist' function.  


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development and evaluation of product solutions comprised of inorganic and/or polymeric materials. The product solutions may have performance requirements spanning the optical, mechanical, environmental, chemical and electrical domains
  • Develop and/or define process flows and processing methods/parameters which will enable successful realization of the product design. Processing areas of interest may include glass forming and secondary glass processing/finishing; adhesive bonding/lamination; thin-film coating deposition; and more
  • Identify design and/or processing risks and early product “fitness-for-use” attribute risks using a methodical approach such as failure mode & effects analysis (FMEA). Develop and execute workstreams to mitigate design/processing risks and enable reliability growth
  • Participate in customer meetings, as requested, to understand customer requirements and translate them into differentiated technical solutions
  • Support the development of product technical value proposition
  • Perform tasks of a "product specialist" nature; such tasks may include: development of product demonstration kits and displays; arranging details of customer visits and team events; ordering and shipping parts and samples; and managing the storage, retrieval, transportation and inventory of experimental and product samples  


Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 20%, domestically or internationally.
  • Travel is not anticipated routinely, but there may be periods where travel is required regarding (for example) process development, technology transfer, supply chain engagement, third-party testing, or product promotion


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • 40+ hours per week with typical on-site hours of ~ 8AM-5PM. Evening hours may periodically be required for meetings/calls across international time zones


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in materials science, mechanics of materials, or optics required. Masters or Ph.D. degree preferred  


Required Skills:

  • Strong technical acumen regarding material behaviors and material processing/property/performance relationships
  • Effective communication and presentation of technical concepts and performance data to internal teams, and potentially to external customers and partners
  • Coordination of product testing and evaluation with internal and/or external laboratories, from experiment design to data analysis/interpretation; strong and broad knowledge of material characterization methodologies
  • Ability to maintain thorough documentation of the product development process including as relates to technical decision-making and intellectual property generation  


Desired Skills:

  • Working knowledge of reliability engineering and reliability science principles and practices, and their role in the product development process
  • Prior experience working on a project spanning the full product development cycle (concept/design to hand-off to manufacturing)
  • Familiarity with automotive standards and qualification practices
  • Familiarity with the implementation of process quality architecture and experience partnering/collaborating with the functions of manufacturing engineering, quality engineering, product engineering, etc.  


Soft Skills:

  • Scientific curiosity and innovative mindset
  • Self-motivated to deliver results with minimal supervision
  • Communicates effectively (verbal and written)
  • Organized with good planning and time-management skills
  • Works effectively with diverse team members
  • Is methodical, maintains appropriate documentation and pays attention to detail
  • Positive attitude, flexible and proactive


This position does not support immigration.


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.

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