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Ion Exchange Equipment and Projects Leader, AGS, Corning NY

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Date: Jun 10, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 53755


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 Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile and stationary applications around the world.


Scope of Position:

  • Broaden and extend Corning Inc.’s competency in the field of Glass Ion Exchange (IOX)system design, development, and implementation for a variety of manufacturing systems.
  • The individual will work closely with the IOX internal technical teams and equipment suppliers to develop and to improve IOX equipment process capabilities for interior and glazing products and then transfer these capabilities to manufacturing operations.
  • The individual will provide specifications and recommendation to equipment supplier to improve overall glass handling, increase line speeds and cost opportunities.
  • In addition, the individual will utilize their experience and skill set to conceptualize IOX equipment that optimizes process capability.
  • This position will be responsible for providing equipment and process support during IOX technology introductions / startups and qualifications and continual improvements.
  • The individual is expected to have broad technical skills and experience as well as strong interpersonal skills to work with people of diverse cultural and technical background in worldwide locations of Corning Incorporated.
  • In addition, to ensure and complete Job Safety Analyses for new equipment introductions.


Day-to-Day Responsibilities:

  • Work in cross functional teams and apply traditional project methodologies of performance.
  • Interface with Development, Engineering, and equipment supplier Teams to design and develop IOX system.
  • Interface with Development and Plant Engineering to define and lead experimental trials of new products, processes, and technology.
  • Provide technical leadership and subject matter expertise in IOX process and equipment design.
  • Support technology assessments of IOX systems / concepts based on fundamental science and apply the fundamentals and engineering principles to minimize glass defects, reduce cycle time and cost
  • Engage in the manufacturing process development work including experiment planning, data analysis & reporting results.
  • Collaborate with Development groups in advancing fundamental understanding & evaluating new process and/or product ideas.
  • Lead scale-up and transfer of feasible technologies to manufacturing.
  • Interact with Development and Manufacturing Teams to determine product and process requirements.
  • Identify low cost manufacturing opportunities that maintain the specified quality level.
  • Design and develop new processes or improve existing processes at Corning facilities worldwide
  • Use hands-on approach to solve problems and improve processes /equipment based on fundamental understanding and structured problem-solving methods such as KT, Designed Experimentation, or Six Sigma
  • Implement Process Control and Process Discipline systems into manufacturing operations
  • Analyze process data using statistical tools (e.g. pareto, regression, time charting, analysis of variance, gauge R&R, etc.)
  • Measure and communicate performance against established objectives
  • Review and interpret data to make recommendations on immediate actions, long term corrective actions, follow-up experiments, etc.


Role within the Group:

  • To design, build, integrate and start-up of IOX systems at new glass facilities.
  • Verify equipment print packages, installation, and safety requirements
  • Identify, define, and install IOX-related equipment engineering cost reduction activities.
  • Interface with cassette team to understand and implement low cost, friendly cassette solutions for AI product portfolio
  • Supervise equipment build and FAT at vendor facility
  • Support site preparation, installation, SAT, Start-up and Early Production Coverage
  • Developed salt management system (equipment / process)
  • Individual will be responsible for participating on cross-functional project teams, on early innovation stage projects, through concept generation/certification, technology development, detail design/build, and start-up in pilot or high-volume manufacturing.
  • Strong level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges.
  • High level of fundamental understanding of the process and materials to enable the development of cost-effective products and finishing machine systems.
  • 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, Inc. to develop robust next generation process equipment solutions.
  • Able to effectively leverage external equipment suppliers and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration.
  • Be responsible for identification of project resources necessary to complete the project tasks and coordinate the project team’s efforts towards successfully achieving overall project objectives.
  • Procure, implement, and document systems and assist in training operational personnel.


Required Skills:

  • Technical expertise in the field of IOX development and equipment
  • Technical expertise in the field of glass IOX processes
  • Technical Interface between Corning, and IOX suppliers to ensure Corning success on New Business Development programs
  • Leadership – Champion new ideas; lead by example; provide constructive feedback to co-workers
  • Tolerance of Ambiguity – Working in development environment with evolving requirements
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving – Able to review facts and weigh options using a systematic approach to solve problems
  • Communication Skills – Clearly present ideas (written and verbal); read and interpret complex information
  • Teamwork – work closely with other team members and departments; share credit
  • Flexibility – change ideas and focus based on new ideas
  • Commitment to Task – demonstrate dependability and sense of urgency about getting results
  • Planning/ Prioritizing/ Goal Setting – Manage multiple projects; establish plan and use goals to guide actions; schedule people and tasks to complete projects
  • Knowledge of process control/analysis techniques, including DOE, SPC, Six Sigma, etc. Desired Skills
  • Solid works / AutoCAD
  • Machine build specification / tolerance
  • Innovative and technically curious
  • Results oriented
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Forward looking
  • Excellent external university, supplier, and customer interface management skills
  • Excellent presentation skills Soft Skills
  • The ability to work in a diverse, multi-disciplinary team in which feedback must be rapidly assimilated and incorporated into project planning.
  • Ability to effectively present ideas and opinions to gain understanding, consensus, and support across team.
  • The ability to provide and receive open, honest feedback on a regular basis to drive excellence in individual and team performance.
  • The ability to interface with customers, external suppliers, and technical collaborators with high professionalism and consistent with corporate values.
  • Work effectively as a team leader, member, and facilitator.
  • Lead by example, set expectations and motivate team members to achieve and exceed goals.


Travel Requirements:

  • Estimate travel up to 35% 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.
  • This would be a combination of domestic and international travel.
  • International travel would most commonly be to Asia or Europe.


Education and Experience:

  • B.S./M.S./PhD in Technical Discipline (Mechanical Engineering preferred)
  • 5+ years in a technical field to include:
  • Mechanical design, Process / Product Development
  • Technology or Product Transfer (preferred)
  • IOX equipment design, build, installation debug (preferred)
  • IOX process experience (preferred)


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, 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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