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Precision Finishing Engineer

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Date: Apr 18, 2019

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14830

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 33603


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 precision finishing system design, development, and implementation for a variety of applications from prototype to plant floor level manufacturing systems. This will require an individual familiar with developing, promoting, and implementing the following; unique finishing machine system designs to solve non-classical applications, an understanding of procedure’s for micron level machinery systems, the ability to develop machine specifications, the ability to design or direct the design and analysis of machinery systems utilizing state of the art analysis packages, project management of applications from concept to certification and installation of the systems at a manufacturing location, be proactive in the propagation of precision engineering principles and practices within Corning.

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), Display Technologies, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, Pharmaceutical Technology and Life Sciences.
  • Focus will be on the design and analysis of first generation /next generation products, machines, and machine components for robustness of design from a material selection, material analysis and material behavior perspective.
  • Work with other project team members on solving difficult mechanical 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 precision products, fixture and machine components.
  • 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 investigate prior art and document any Intellectual Property developed as part of their project activities.
  • Individual must document project results through internal reporting means.
  • Individual must present the project(s) they are involved in with for review by peers, customers and managers.
  • Work as a team member/advisor during the development of new precision machine 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.
  • Maintain records and track expenditures against allocated funds. Estimate time required to accomplish tasks and monitor performance against schedules.
  • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Individual will be expected to work in a High Performance Work Team environment.
  • Some project travel is expected and will depend upon the project portfolio

Role within group:

  • 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 machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration of later stages of machine system implementation.
  • Be responsible for the functional and operational integrity of design, estimating costs, defining project scope, budget and schedule.
  • Be responsible for identification of project resources necessary to complete the project tasks and coordinate the project teams efforts towards successfully achieving overall project objectives.
  • Procure, implement and document systems and assist in training operational personnel. 

Required Skills:

  • Technical knowledge in the field of precision finishing systems design and development
  • Technical knowledge in the field of equipment development for glass and glass/ceramic processes
  • Technical Interface between Corning, and OEM automation suppliers to insures Corning success on New Business Development program
  •  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

Desired Skills:

  • Innovative and technically curious
  • Results oriented
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Forward looking
  • Excellent external university, supplier and customer interface management skills
  • Excellent presentation skills

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:

  • Estimate travel at 10% - 30% 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.

Education and Experience:

  • M.S./PhD in Technical Discipline
  • 3-5 years in a technical field to include
  • Process, Equipment or Product Development or Engineering
  • Project or Engineering Management

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

Nearest Major Market: Corning