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Industrial/Lean Engineer - Durham, NC (CPT)

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Date: Jan 23, 2022

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50496


Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 166-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics, along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities, to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning Valor™ Glass is an example of a life-changing innovation purpose-built to store and protect injectable medicines. Corning is also a global leader in pharmaceutical tubing, manufacturing a variety of clear and amber glass tubing that is converted by our customers into vials, cartridges, ampules and syringes.


Plan, direct, and continually improve Lean Manufacturing activities at the Durham site. Implement Lean concepts such as 5S, Kaizen, value stream mapping, load smoothing, & one piece flow in order to improve performance in quality, cost, delivery, morale, & safety. Communicate and work with corporate & other Corning locations to establish similar goals/objectives, promote best practice, and ensure consistency of systems and procedures. Develop and implement systems, procedures, and projects required to successfully accomplish plant, divisional, and corporate goals and objectives.

Description of Work:

  • Champion Performance Excellence (DMAIC, PQA & Lean) for continuous improvement throughout the product lifecycle using the appropriate methodologies, tools, and templates (creating specific tools/templates as needed)
  • Clearly communicate the Lean group’s philosophy, vision, & expectations. Provide coaching and facilitation on methods and tools.
  • Develop & sustain a strategy & process for the training and development of all site employees regarding lean concepts (new hires & existing employees).
  • Develop & implement a strategy for a self-sustaining PEx program. Assist in development of measurement systems that support lean manufacturing philosophy.
  • Facilitate/implement Lean projects in order to provide continuous improvement with the largest impact.
  • Lead value stream mapping exercises to identify & document opportunities to improve the business (Current & Future State). Develop & execute project plans in order to achieve the Future State.
  • Manage the planning and implementation of Kaizen related continuous improvement activities.
  • Manage and report out on PEx metrics for the plant • Develop & implement sustainable 5S, visual control, Load Smoothing, Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), & other Lean programs.
  • Facilitate the planning and implementation of workplace flow & layout, as well as equipment installations, modifications, and moves according to Lean concepts.
  • Support Global Quality and the Division Champion with corporate initiatives (e.g. training development, process changes, global translations of PEx materials).
  • Lead the Belts in the site location, through a Community of Practice, for enhanced sharing of project successes, tool methodologies or new training programs.
  • Assist site leadership in recognition of PEx project results and other significant accomplishments.
  • Oversee belt utilization, assisting management in achieving maximum belt capacity
  • Document work done & results achieved. Develop & update standards as changes are made. Ensure PDCA cycles are followed.
  • Identify & horizontally deploy benchmark opportunities and develop partnerships with appropriate parties.
  • Support other QCDMS+I projects as needed


  • BS in Engineering, Sciences, or other technical fields
  • 5+ years in process, manufacturing, or quality engineering
  • Previous supervisory/managerial and/or Lean experience required.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods, systems, and production processes required.



  • Broad experience in DMAIC/Lean/DESGN tools and as project leader, facilitating teams at all levels using PEx tools and methodologies
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods, systems, and production processes required.
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills (written and verbal) required.
  • Able to use various software packages for analysis: Word, Powerpoint, Minitab, JMP, Excel
  • Organized, multi-tasking with excellent planning and project tracking skills and high level of attention to detail.
  • Change agent - Able to effectively lead a diverse group of people and motivate / influence at all levels of the organization to change
  • Familiarity with ISO quality standards
  • Certified Green Belt in DMAIC, PQA, or LEAN, Black Belt preferred.

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


Corning offers a competitive salary, vacation, pension, and family medical leave.

Are you ready to start an exciting career with Corning, Inc.? Apply today!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other legally protected status.


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