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Plastics Assembly Engineer

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Date: May 4, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 42850


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 plastic part joining and assembly support for Division-wide or multi-plant projects. We look for you to maintain knowledge and identifies opportunities for new manufacturing technology to support mission of highest quality and lowest manufacturing cost. You will champion new technology implementation, continuous improvement activities, and fundamental process understanding, in support of new product launches, cost reduction and quality improvement. In the role, you will ensure Corning's Intellectual Property management process is followed and any intellectual property developed as part of a project is properly documented.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Supports and provides input to the Division Technology roadmap (including maintaining a knowledgebase of the latest technology advances within plastic joining processes).
  • Drives implementation of new manufacturing technology.
  • Division subject matter expert in the focus areas of assembly, welding(including ultrasonic, radio frequency, laser, spin), impulse and induction sealing, solvent bonding and other joining technologies specific to plastic  parts.
  • Division subject matter expert in the focus areas of assembly and joining of like and unlike materials and decorating of plastic materials and parts in a clean room environment
  • Identifies and develops complete assembly solutions for new product introductions.
  • Provides equipment and tooling support to manufacturing plants as needed, including complete equipment life cycle management, replacement programs, and total maintenance management.
  • Drives fundamental understanding and problem-solving skills.
  • Manages the specification, quotation, vendor selection, and receipt of new equipment.
  • Works directly with plant and division equipment engineers for the install and integration of joining equipment and processes within large scale automation
  • Develops robust processes for new joining and assembly equipment. Completes validations (IQ/OQ/PQ) per plant quality requirements for new equipment and processes.
  • Ensures compliance to all plant and division standards.
  • Prepares Appropriation Requisitions (AR’s), manages cost/spend and capital expenditure with regards to new equipment.
  • Uses rigorous processes and technical knowledge to build detailed technical understanding for key process steps.
  • Functions as a team member or team leader on focused projects.
  • Provides support to Automation department and vendors during development of automation systems.
  • Uses statistical tools and Design of Experiments (DOE) in process problem-solving and product/process improvement.
  • Intellectual Property management.


Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 25% domestic and including International travel.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Monday – Friday, first shift, but we need your flexibility to support off hours as needed.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Plastics, or Polymer Engineering, or equivalent degree program required.


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • Minimum of 5+ years’ experience with the assembly and joining of plastic parts within a manufacturing environment.
  • Life Science or Medical Device manufacturing experience.


Required Skills:

  • Experience with a variety of plastic joining processes.
  • Experience with a variety of plastic materials.
  • Clean room manufacturing.
  • Track record of delivering results.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in a technical field.
  • Project team leadership.
  • Forward-thinking experience within the field of engineering.


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Prior experience in a plant or division engineering group.
  • Experience in Engineering Strategy Formation & Execution.
  • Project Management experience.
  • LEAN manufacturing experience.


Soft Skills:

  • Positive teammate who is open and engaging to effectively collaborate in teams in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Self-starter with the technical curiosity to learn and bring new ideas.
  • Flexibility and dedication to succeed support a positive can-do attitude.
  • Ability to acquire and retain new information.
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Ability to effectively communicate at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrate strong work ethic.
  • Display exemplary personal behavior, act with integrity and authenticity.
  • Respect all levels of the organization.


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