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Research Process Engineer, Bottom of Draw

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Date: Nov 26, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50245


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.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.


Scope of Position

Process Research is seeking an experienced engineer to support the Bottom of the Draw (BOD) area in Research Melter Operations’ 24/7 glass manufacturing processes. This position will work within research, development, and operations to develop and execute experiments, lead process improvement projects, and maintain stable operations.


Day to Day Responsibilities

• Apply engineering methods and best practices while using critical thinking, fundamental process understanding, analysis of data, and direct observation to improve bottom of draw process performance and meet product specifications

• Work in partnership with members of adjacent process teams to develop and execute daily activities and experiment plans

• Manage project workstreams, processes, or tasks, often with limited guidance

• Provide leadership and coaching to the operations workforce, sharing knowledge in order to enhance their abilities to optimize and troubleshoot the process without engineering support

• Provide daily and off-shift process engineering support, to occasionally include evenings, holidays, and weekends as needed

• Generate intellectual property by documenting experiment results, process learning, and new equipment knowledge in R-Reports, Invention Disclosures, and/or technical presentations

• Provide input to cross-functional teams developing and delivering new technology or planning future platform rebuilds and upgrades

• Identify challenges and implement solutions in the BOD area, pulling in other division or corporate resources as needed

• Collaborate with worldwide engineers and plants to understand current best practices and evaluate these practices for applicability to Research Melter


Travel Requirements / Work Schedule

• Minimal travel required (<10%)

• Standard schedule is M-F day shift, 40-45 hours/week. Additional hours on weekends and off-shifts may be required as necessary to support equipment repairs, quality issues, or process yield improvement


Required Education

• Bachelor of Science in Engineering (preference for Mechanical Engineering, but other disciplines considered)

• MS in technical area is preferred Required Years and Area of Experience

• 3+ years in process engineering in a manufacturing environment


Required Skills

• Contributes to an environment of respect and collaboration within and outside own work group

• Communicates effectively regarding assignments, openly shares ideas, values diversity of opinions, and demonstrates an ability to build trust across work group or project team

• Influences peers, team(s), and management, and is respected for ability to provide technical guidance

• Identifies risks and makes recommendations as appropriate to guide decisions or plans

• Possesses strong technical fundamentals in material or glass science and/or process engineering

• Is able to learn new technology and processes quickly, to manage multiple tasks, and to use skills to solve technical problems

• Is able to use decision-making tools such as DMAIC, MEE, KT, and PEx to troubleshoot problems and determine solutions

• Practices and promotes safe work habits daily; identifies safety concerns and helps address them

• Is able to analyze process data using tools such as Pi, Excel, Minitab, and JMP to draw conclusions

• Has good mechanical aptitude (hands-on) with experience installing/repairing equipment

• Has strong written and verbal communications skills

• Is able to collaborate effectively across organizational boundaries

• Is comfortable interfacing with all levels of the organization


Desired Skills

• Bottom of Draw experience in a Corning plant

• Glass melting and forming experience

• Familiarity with mechanical design principles and tools (such as SOLIDWORKS)

• Experience with robotics programming, teaching, troubleshooting, and maintenance

• Background in Controls, including PLC programming

• Experience with high-powered process lasers

• Six Sigma Black or Green Belt certification


This position does not support visa assistance


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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