Controls Engineer

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Date: Jun 24, 2024

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 63700


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.


We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.


Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

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:  Completes 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 controls systems and improves existing electrical controls 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 equipment to improve process reliability and costs with cross functional support from operations, maintenance, facilities, and quality
  • Supervise the installation, startup, testing and debug of new or modified manufacturing equipment, controls, and measurement solutions
  • Manage capital equipment projects and vendors from concept through implementation ensuring that all performance specifications and project objectives are on schedule and on budget
  • Develop specifications for the procurement or upgrade of industrial control systems (software, hardware, utilities)
  • Recommend and implement changes to control hardware and software versions to keep systems current and supportable
  • Perform hands-on technical troubleshooting and process improvements on manufacturing equipment and measurement solutions.  Use root cause analysis to eliminate process problems
  • Provide training to engineering, maintenance, and operations staff as needs on controls solutions and machine operation
  • Ensure compliance of quality systems in manufacturing (i.e., ISO, QSR, GMP) with applicable documentation updates (programs, drawings, work instructions, etc.)
  • Direct and oversee the activities of internal and external resources during the completion of project work, process troubleshooting and machine improvement activities. Ensure work adheres to company standards, and local/state/federal codes
  • Work as a member of the Electrical Support Team that responds to manufacturing process upsets or plant system downtime events during off hours as needed
  • Deliver strong project leadership skills through the project initiation, planning, implementation and closeout phases


Required Education and Experience:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related engineering field
  • 4 years of experience (Co-op experience accepted) troubleshooting process and electrical equipment and PLC software applications
  • Demonstrated experience with industrial equipment standards or equivalent such as NFPA 79, NFPA 70E, UL508A
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting electrical equipment, PLC programs, sensors, valves, motors & drives
  • Experience with CAD Software (AutoCAD/ePlan) for electrical design work
  • Experience with PLC controlled high speed automated assembly equipment
  • Experience with PLC manufacturers: Allen Bradley, Siemens, and Omron


Desired Skills: 

  • Familiarity with different inspection techniques for various glass defects
  • Knowledge of image processing algorithms and measurement tools
  • Application experience using vision tools for the inspection of transparent “clear” glass or polystyrene
  • High speed inspection and part handling
  • Experience in a GMO regulated industry- Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage or Medical Device
  • Experience in Project Management involving automation equipment, building controls, or facility maintenance
  • Experience in troubleshooting and programming Industrial Robots such as Fanuc, Epson, Staubli


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.  


The range for this position is  $85,524.00   -  $117,596.00 assuming full time status. Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position are dependent on hours worked and may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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