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Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 44465


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 provide technical expertise in the design, construction, and process debug of assembly automation and related manufacturing equipment, supporting manufacturing at the Treyburn Life Sciences facility in Durham, NC.


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 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 automation 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.


Travel Requirements:

  • Negligible.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Standard business hours; Monday – Friday.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Automation or Controls Engineering required.


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • Minimum 3+ years’ mechanical design experience in a manufacturing (or similar) environment.
  • On call rotation for off shift support as needed.


Required Skills:

  • Proficiency in SolidWorks or equivalent for mechanical drawings.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong technical writing and documentation skills for developing functional specifications, machine specifications, maintenance procedures, validation and qualification protocols.
  • Mechanical design aptitude and able to use engineering methods and machine knowledge to create, modify, re-design machine assembly drawings and part details.


Desired Experience / Skills:

  • Exposure to high volume plastic extrusion and injection molding manufacturing.
  • Extensive knowledge of equipment processes.
  • Working knowledge of controls and instrumentation.
  • Performance Excellence training – green belt or higher certification.
  • LEAN manufacturing training.


Soft Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
  • Display exemplary personal behavior.
  • Respect all levels of the organization.
  • Flexibility and ability to work with ambiguity. 


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