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Materials Engineer

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Date: Jun 3, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45187


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:

  • The candidate will work both independently and with team members to apply material science engineering fundamental principles to provide batch expertise to plants and projects.  The candidate will lead efforts to qualify new raw materials, manage raw materials suppliers and develop batching and process control systems; they will deal with interactions of raw materials on products and process across divisions.  The candidate will solve some of Corning’s most challenging technical problems by understanding all aspects of the interactions of batch production, including raw materials, batch mixing and glass technology.  Team members typically support projects ranging from research through stage 5 manufacturing and the ideal candidate would be adept at fluently working across that full spectrum. The Materials Engineering laboratory at Decker serves as the base of operations and this candidate would play a major role in growing capabilities with new tools/techniques/thinking to help solve new problems. This corporate engineering role serves all existing businesses with an expectation for rapid solution development and strong technical competence.


Day to Day Responsibilities include managing team to:

  • Understand material properties and their impact on Corning’s products and processes
  • Identify and qualify raw materials to improve yield, reduce costs, improve product attributes and enable new products
  • Assist in managing raw material suppliers
  • Develop process simulations to extend knowledge base and prove/disprove hypotheses 
  • Work with department laboratory staff to ensure optimal turnaround and experimental efficiency 
  • Protect Corning’s intellectual property
  • Document all results 
  • Maintain high quality engineering principles, including extensive use of statistics, structured problem-solving methods such as KT, DoE, and DMAIC, DMAIC six sigma tools 
  • Measure and communicate performance against objectives


Travel Requirements: 

  • Up to 25%, some international


Hours of work/work schedule/flextime:  

  • Flextime; typical 8:00 – 5:00; Monday – Friday.  Some projects may require additional hours.


Education & Experience:

  • Technical Degree Required (glass, ceramics, materials science or related fields), BS minimum, MS preferred


Required Skills:

  • Some experience in materials or process engineering or related fields; high degree of technical competence
  • Ability to assimilate quickly and produce valuable results
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with customers, suppliers, and co-workers
  • Proven problem-solving skills


Desired Skills:

  • Glass, raw materials, glass technology, process engineering basics
  • Engineering, manufacturing and project management experience
  • Supplier management & quality auditing
  • Statistics, data analysis, design of experiments
  • Innovative and creative
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Business savvy and competence


Soft Skills:

  • Positive attitude
  • Displays strong initiative
  • Strong communication skills, able to work across boundaries at all levels of the organization
  • Able to foster a diverse and inclusive environment built on credibility, transparency, openness, and trust
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong networking skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Sense of urgency
  • Results oriented


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.

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