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Date: Jul 18, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 44621


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:

  • Focus will be development of robust, first/next generation process machine systems that provide significant competitive advantage to Corning’s businesses, and / or enable new products and product lines (prototype and production capable machines).  This position will support some or all of Corning Incorporated’s divisions. 
  • The individual will have the opportunity to be a member of cross-functional project sub-teams, on early innovation stage projects, through concept generation / certification, technology development, design / build, and start-up in manufacturing.


Role within group:

  • Individual will be part of a cross-functional project team, on early innovation stage projects, that delivers robust, first/next generation process machine systems through concept generation / certification, technology development, design / build, and start-up in manufacturing. 
  • Strong level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges
  • Focus will be on early stage automation but participation in machine design and controls is also possible.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment and participate on a highly matrixed project team
  • Understand how to integrate commercially available technologies and processes to enable Corning to develop into robust next generation process equipment solutions.
  • Able to effectively leverage external machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration of later stages of machine system implementation.
  • Support the functional and operational integrity of design, estimating costs, defining project scope, budget and schedule as being part of a cross-functional project sub-team.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Interface and work with the Research, Development and Manufacturing teams that are involved in the innovation and manufacture of new products and machine systems for any of Corning’s Divisions including Science and Technology (R&D).
  • Focus will be on the development of first generation /next generation automated process equipment. 
  • Work with other project team members on solving difficult engineering related problems, understanding project related issues, and general process engineering and process understanding.
  • Utilize internal lab facilities and equipment to develop proof of concept prototypes.
  • Interface with outside suppliers on specifying and procuring various automation products, fixtures and machine components to support the projects they are involved in.
  • Interface with internal R&D and manufacturing customers and internal trades personnel to get the systems set-up and functional.
  • Individual must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Individual must work with other team members to investigate prior art and help document any Intellectual Property developed as part of their project activities. 
  • Individual must work with other team members to document project results through internal reporting means.
  • Individual must present the projects they are involved with for review by peers, customers and managers.
  • Work as a team member/advisor during the development of new process equipment systems with system integrators and/or external sub-contractors.
  • Report on project activities on a pre-determined basis. Ensure results meet the customer’s requirements and standards.
  • Some project travel is expected and will depend upon the project portfolio


Education and Experience:

  • B.S./M.S. in Mechanical/Robotic/Electrical Engineering
  • 0+ years experience in a mechanical engineering field


Required Skills:

  • Strong level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment and participate on a highly matrixed project team.


Desired Skills: 

  • Familiar with SolidWorks or other solid modeling packages
  • Familiar with Fanuc robot programming
  • Familiarity with RIA R15.06 Robot Safety Standard 
  • Previous exposure to mechanical and electrical drawings and schematics
  • Experience with a diversity of programming environments
  • Hands on and a high level of mechanical aptitude.
  • Innovative and technically curious
  • Technical curiosity to develop /explore/deploy new technologies in the areas of automation, vision and robotics. 
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Results oriented
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Forward looking
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent presentation skills 
  • High commitment level


Soft Skills:

  • Ability to work on a diverse project team
  • Ability to effectively deal with high levels of uncertainty, ambiguity, and change 
  • Ability to build new business relationships
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of different technical backgrounds


Travel Requirements:

  • Estimated travel 10-30%, domestic and international.  
  • Travel may be required during installation, debug, and start-up as well as for routine interaction with internal and external Customers and Suppliers.


Hours of work/work schedule/flextime:

  • Normal Business Hours (8 – 5, M – F), however, work hours required to achieve project objectives most likely will exceed 40 hours per week.


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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