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Controls Engineer

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Date: Jul 13, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 44467


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.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.


Scope of Position:

In this role, you will complete engineering and automation projects in a manufacturing environment.  Specifies, procures, and completes projects to automate production processes, improves machine controls, and install machine data reporting. Supports automation and controls in a manufacturing environment. Designs new electrical control systems and improves existing electrical control systems. Manage projects from design to implementation, including defining project scope, determining required resources, establishing equipment specifications, providing system startup services, developing processes, and executing validation protocols. Ensures compliance/improvement of quality systems in manufacturing (i.e. ISO, QSR, GMP). Participate in new product development and process improvement projects as a core team member or core team leader.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Lead upgrades on existing facilities equipment to improve process reliability and costs.
  • Deliver strong project leadership skills through the project initiation, planning, implementation, and closeout phases.
  • Work with representatives from operations, maintenance/facilities, and engineering to justify, design, develop and implement improvements to equipment and equipment controls that support the facility operation and/or management.
  • Introduce new sensors and controls and modify PLC programs or add PLCs to improve the functionality of existing equipment.
  • Provide utility specifications for new plant equipment projects and upgrades to existing equipment.
  • Work with outside vendors on improvement projects.
  • Supervise the installation, startup, testing, and debug of new or modified manufacturing equipment and controls.
  • Manage capital equipment projects from concept through implementation ensuring that all performance specifications and project objectives are met on schedule and on budget.
  • Prepare capital appropriations requests including analysis of existing operations, estimation of project costs, and justification of proposed actions.
  • Develop bid documents for the procurement of industrial control systems (software and hardware).
  • Manage vendors to ensure systems meet specifications.
  • Generate and maintain P&IDs for the facility.
  • Collaborate with the Engineering department to maintain software and revision-controlled files for plant equipment.
  • Document and archive all engineering changes such as PLC programs and electrical schematics.
  • Recommend and implement changes to control hardware and software versions to keep systems current and supportable.
  • Perform hands-on troubleshooting and process improvements in manufacturing operations. Use root cause analysis to eliminate process problems.
  • Provide technical support and troubleshooting for automated mechanical systems, electrical controls, and industrial equipment.
  • Train engineers and technical support personnel as needed on controls and machine operation. Support operations with control issues.
  • Ensure compliance/improvement of quality systems in manufacturing (i.e. ISO, QSR, GMP).
  • Revise all necessary documentation to maintain the quality system.
  • Directs the activities of internal and external resources during the completion of project work, process troubleshooting, and machine improvement activities.
  • Oversees the work of internal and external technicians to ensure that their work adheres to company standards, and local, state, and federal codes.
  • Work as a member of the Electrical Support


Travel Requirements:

  • Negligible


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Standard business hours; Monday – Friday.
  • Will be part of the team that responds to manufacturing process upsets or plant system downtime events during off hours as needed.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related engineering field (automation, controls).


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  •  Minimum of 3+ years of experience designing, implementing and supporting industrial automation/facilities solutions in a manufacturing environment.


Required Skills:

  • Experience in a GMO regulated industry- Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage or Medical Device.
  • Experience with PLC-controlled high-speed automated assembly equipment.
  • Experience programming PLCs and implementing HMI’s.
  • Demonstrated experience with industrial equipment standards such as NFPA 79, NFPA 70E, UL508A.
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting, electrical equipment, PLC programs, sensors, valves, motors, and drives.
  • Must be proficient with AutoCAD or Solidworks for electrical design work.


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Experience with PLC manufacturers: Allen Bradley, Siemens preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Project desired.
  • Experience in Project Management involving automation equipment, building controls, or facility maintenance.
  • Experience with PackML, ISA-88, or other state machine standards.
  • Familiar with HVAC systems and with Building Management Systems such as Siemens Insight or Desigo is preferred.


Soft Skills:

  • Technical curiosity.
  • Positive can-do attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills and can be a great teammate with strong people skills.
  • Able to communicate equally well with different levels of the organization (engineers, production associates, and managers).
  • Able to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Able to handle multiple priorities.
  • High commitment level.
  • Ability to communicate with management.


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, or 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.

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh