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Process Engineering Co-Op

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Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 42958


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 apply your knowledge of engineering principles and practices to effectively accomplish technical assignments and projects that improve product, process and/or equipment performance (cost, quality and service).  We look for you to assist in providing solutions for additional throughput, increased material utilization, decreased costs, and improvement to product quality by planning, organizing and implementing projects.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Assists in problem solving, to ensure timely resolution of short-term process issues, and higher-level troubleshooting.
  • Provides cost and schedule updates on assigned project.
  • Provide general engineering and manufacturing skills and knowledge (understands theories and fundamentals) and lead a project to get to root cause of issues, and put permanent solutions in place.
  • Recommend and implement permanent solutions to long term performance issues and improve existing and new technologies.
  • Meet all Environmental, Health and Safety requirements.
  • Develop knowledge of material, process and/or equipment in focused areas of manufacturing or engineering.
  • Modify existing process settings and/or mechanical components through rigorous experimental design and execution to continuously improve process performance.


Travel Requirements:

  • Negligible.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Standard business hours; Monday – Friday.
  • Summer Internship starts May 25, 2021; dates flexible.


Required Education:

  • Currently enrolled Sophomore, Junior or Senior in an undergraduate Engineering program.
  • Prefer Chemical, Material Science, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering program.
  • At least one semester of core engineering course work completed.
  • GPA > 3.0


Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing systems and experience with data analysis (i.e. Microsoft Excel, SPC rules).
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Interest to be hands on with manufacturing equipment.


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Process engineering skills (quantitative skills, coursework in engineering, statistics, or other statistical training).
  • Technical writing with the ability to deliver technical presentations to operators, engineers, and managers.
  • Exposure to Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and DMAIC.
  • Ability to query and analysis data.
  • An interest in pursuing a career in plastics technology (injection molding, extrusion, mechanical assembly))


Soft Skills:

  • Results oriented with a high commitment level.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects/tasks.
  • Motivated and a self-starter with independent learning style.
  • Effective communication & presentation skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to work on diverse project team.
  • Able to build new business relationships with the team.
  • Do your peers consider you to be positive, open and engaging and an effective member of a dynamic team?
  • Are you dedicated, open to new ideas and recognized for your flexibility to change?


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