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Sr Mechanical/Thermal Engineer

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Date: Jun 24, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 51013


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 Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering excellence & innovative manufacturing technologies by providing diverse skills to Corning’s existing & emerging businesses.

We anticipate & provide timely, valued, leading edge manufacturing technologies and engineering expertise.  We partner with Corning’s businesses and the Science & Technology division. Together we create and sustain Corning’s manufacturing as a differential advantage.

Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, building and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems. Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played a meaningful role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through a creative and collaborative research and development process.


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 individual will lead multi discipline, cross-functional project teams working on early stage hot-glass innovation projects, through concept generation / certification, technology development, detail design / build, and start-up in manufacturing. Focus will be on robust, first / next generation technology that provide significant competitive advantage to any of Corning’s businesses, and / or enable new products and product lines (prototype and production capable machines). The applications will vary from using standard commercial equipment to developing new custom machines/mechanisms or combination of both.


Role within group:

  • Lead/work in a multi discipline, cross-functional team-based environment with highly matrixed resources
  • Identify project resources necessary to complete the project tasks and coordinate the project team’s efforts towards successfully achieving overall project objectives
  • Leverage internal and external custom machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration of early, mid, and later stages of machine system implementation


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Interface and work with the Research, Development, Engineering, and Manufacturing leadership involved in the innovation and manufacture of new products, processes, and machine systems for any of Corning’s Divisions
  • Integration of custom and commercially available technologies to enable robust next generation solutions
  • 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, system integrators and/or external subcontractors for project support
  • Investigate prior art and document Intellectual Property developed as part of project activities.
  • Present projects for review by peers, customers, and/or senior technical leaders
  • Some project travel is expected and will depend upon the project portfolio


Required Skills:

  • Project leadership experience with ability to achieve results through technical leadership and influence of highly matrixed project teams, champion new ideas, lead by example, and provide constructive feedback to co-workers
  • Ability to effectively manage highly ambiguous situations and effectively demonstrate leadership in assigned early stage projects that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges
  • Strong technical knowledge in the areas of mechanical and process engineering and product design
  • Strong technical leadership and experience with projects requiring development of fundamental process understanding and requirements
  • Technical understanding in automation, precision engineering, metrology, materials, finishing, controls, measurements, and numerical analysis / modeling
  • Ability to interface with senior management and provide clear concise project communications/updates
  • Systematic approach to solve problems, make decisions, set strategies.
  • Individual must have excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Capable of executing project assignments with minimal supervision


Education and Experience:

  • B.S. / M.S. / Ph.D. in a Technical Discipline
  • 10+ years in a technical field to include:
    • Process, Equipment or Product Development or Engineering
    • Project or Engineering Management
    • Project Level Supervisory Experience
    • Technology or Product Transfer
  • Experience working with the Scientific and Technology communities
  • Knowledge of Corning’s manufacturing processes, especially in hot glass forming or reforming
  • Demonstrated experience with Corning Innovation process


Soft Skills:

  • Innovative and technically curious
  • Results oriented, entrepreneurial, and forward looking
  • Ability to work on a diverse project team
  • Ability to build new business relationships
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of different technical and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to manage upward


Sound like you? Apply now!


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


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