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Automation Controls Project Lead

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Date: Oct 17, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 47287



Odds are that the email you read this morning travelled over Corning Optical Fiber; the smartphone you used had a Corning cover glass; and the vehicle you drove to work had cleaner emissions because of a Corning catalytic converter substrate.


We are seeking out dedicated engineers and technicians who strive to see their work make a difference! If you have a passionate belief in the power of innovation to change the world; if you rate your own success by how many people are touched by your research; and if you are up to the challenge of doing world-class science to make real, profitable advanced materials, then Corning is the place for you.


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.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Develop Equipment Scope and Specifications
  • Develop high level Control Solution Architecture, engineering resource requirements, manage team workload
  • Ensure Hardware & Software design reviews, FAT, Installation, SAT, equipment Startup meet equipment scope and specifications
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise to design, develop, and deploy integrated manufacturing systems to global manufacturing facilities
  • Participate in all phases of projects including design, vendor integration and testing, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel, and technology transfer.
  • Interface with external system integrators and machine builders to successfully deliver fully integrated process equipment and systems including standard interfacing and data collection.
  • Provide discipline leadership of Control Hardware design, PLC Software, SCADA and Data collection design
  • Lead construction, test, installation, and debug of control systems at domestic and international manufacturing sites.
  • Work closely with Technology Development, Manufacturing, Division Engineering, and IT to industrialize and standardize equipment and architectures for consistent data flow and reporting among processes and regions
  • Adhere to the Software Architectures and Coding Standards
  • Provide system integration requirements to satisfy process and manufacturing requirements
  • Generate and interpret electrical drawings for systems design including control panel layouts, component documentation, and schematics. Prepare initial CAD design layouts of complete electrical controls systems. Review electrical drawing packages for conformance to Corning standards.
  • Provide troubleshooting support for equipment and process issues during equipment installation and start-up phases, identify root cause and implement corrective actions.
  • Ensure proactive safety measures for all equipment and processes. Identify and correct potential safety or environmental issues using NEC, NFPA, ISO 13849, and other pertinent safety codes. Ensure safety procedures, such as Lock-Out Tag-Out, are always followed.
  • Create/update documentation for release to production including machine specifications, operating procedures, and drawing packages.
  • Train engineering, maintenance and operations people how to use and maintain systems.
  • Visibly support the establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment.


Travel Requirements:

  • Estimate travel at 30-50% depending upon specific project assignment.
  • Domestic and International.


Required Education and Years of Experience:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering Required
  • >10 years of experience in mechanical engineering with demonstrated success in the design and development of production process machinery, dynamic mechanisms, and/or automated systems.


Required Skills:

  • Project initiation and high-level automation and control architecture design
  • Previous experience as a controls, automation, or robotics engineer
  • Familiar with electrical system design including control panel layouts, component selection, and schematics
  • Understands regulations applicable to this area of experience and works to ensure compliance and design for safety


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Autocad and Solidworks design software
  • Prior experience as a project manager including developing scope, budgets, and schedules


This position does support immigration sponsorship.


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.


We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh