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Process Engineer

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Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49029


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.

Leads process development initiatives to improve existing products and manufacturing processes and introduce new manufacturing and engineering processes to the Durham site. Develop and integrate new technologies to the manufacturing environment. Support the daily response to operational upsets and champion long-term solutions and systems improvements to enhance the safety, quality, productivity, and reliability of manufacturing systems. Manage capital and non-capital projects from concept through implementation including determining project scope and resource needs, establishing mold and equipment specifications, completing FATs and DOEs, and writing and executing validation protocols. Actively support, improve, and ensure compliance to the site business and quality management systems through documentation preparation, process auditing, and completion of corrective actions in response to customer complaints and audit findings. This position works closely with operations management, functional leaders, engineers, and external stakeholders to establish work priorities and work assignments across the various functional groups

Description of Work:

  • Validate production processes as outlined in the Quality Management System.
  • Establish and implement validation master plans and document validation results.
  • Identify processes operating outside of validated state through production audits and take corrective actions to return processes to normal operation.
  • Strictly adhere to requirements of the plant quality systems including compliance to the change control procedure when introducing or modifying manufacturing processes and equipment. Ensure compliance of business and quality systems in manufacturing, i.e. OSHA, ISO9001, ISO13485, QSR CFR 21 part 820, GMP, etc. through audits against documented procedures.
  • Take corrective action when audits identify any non-conforming process.
  • Actively collaborate with other site engineers, operations personnel, and suppliers to maintain and improve operations.
  • Quickly respond to production and process upsets, troubleshoot production issues, diagnose problems, and implement corrective action (machine fix, process change, etc.) to reestablish operations.
  • Work with operations for process discipline and control (PD/PC).
  • Use of engineering first principles like MEE (Manufacturing Engineering Excellence) to drive mechanistic understanding and root cause identifications
  • Look for standardized approaches for machine designs or work processes to maximize plant standardization, operational efficiency, and future project efficiencies.
  • Ensure adherence by all site functional groups to standard processes, business and quality systems, and governmental regulations (OSHA, ISO, QSR, FDA, GMP, etc.).
  • Identify and implement modifications to production equipment and processes to improve overall equipment efficiency (OEE) by improving process yield, improving production rate, and improving machine availability.
  • Train maintenance and operations personnel on processes and machinery to transfer operations knowledge and ensure operational efficiency and product quality.
  • Develop robust processes & architectures via use of tools such as PQA & Six sigma
  • Take corrective action when audits identify any non-conforming process.
  • This position supports a 24/7 manufacturing operation.
  • Must respond to off-hours calls to resolve manufacturing process upsets or plant systems downtime events. Occasionally must flex working schedule as required to meet business needs.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS/MS in Plastics, Materials, Mechanical, Industrial or Chemical Engineering
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in an engineering or technical role in a manufacturing or R&D environment. 

Preferred Experience:

  • Mechanical engineering experience preferred or demonstrated mechanical aptitude.
  • Experience within an FDA regulated industry preferred.


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