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Equipment Engineer II

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Date: Jun 9, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45951


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.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.

Scope of Position

Provides technical expertise in the design, construction, and process debug of assembly automation and related manufacturing equipment, supporting manufacturing at the Durham CPT facility.

Day to Day Responsibilities:  

  • Provide recommendations for the design, development, implementation and analysis of technical systems and to perform equipment engineering design evaluations. 
  • Identify and implements alterations, re-designs, refurbishments to current equipment to improve quality of products and/or procedures. 
  • Provide technical assistance in installation and maintenance of company equipment. Analyze equipment malfunctions and accordingly develop lasting corrective actions.  
  • Estimates manufacturing cost and makes recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines.  
  • As required, maintains records and reporting systems for coordination of manufacturing equipment.  
  • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of identifiable factors.  
  • Provide Solidworks mechanical drawings for components being fabricated in Machine Shop.  
  • Work with Manufacturing and Product Development groups on evaluating and implementing capacity, cost reduction and new opportunities.  
  • Installation and training of new assembly equipment into manufacturing.  
  • Involvement with process studies including process monitoring, recording data, calculate, analyze and give recommendations of data/test results.  
  • Work with project teams and communicate project status through written or oral communicates as necessary.  
  • Work with vendors on mechanical designs to meet equipment specifications.  
  • Support maintenance / production as required in the acquisition of replacement parts for assembly equipment.  
  • Implement corrective action related to process variations, equipment malfunctions, or operations endangering the safety of personnel or facility.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  
  • Minimum 3+ years’ mechanical design experience in a manufacturing (or similar) environment.


  • Proficiency in SolidWorks for mechanical drawings and Microsoft Office suite.  
  • Strong troubleshooting and root cause analysis skills.
  • Strong technical writing and documentation skills for developing functional specifications, machine specifications, maintenance procedures, validation and qualification protocols. 
  • Mechanical design – able to use engineering methods and machine knowledge to create, modify, re-design machine assembly drawings and part details.

Travel Requirements:  

  • Short term (first 1-6 months): up to 50%  
  • Long term (>6months): We anticipate less than 5% travel is required for this role.

Hours of work/work schedule:  

  • Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 pm  
  • Expect 45-50 hours per week on average.  
  • Weekend work required during start-ups and major projects or process activity.



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, 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