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Senior Automation Engineer, Durham, NC

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Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 47237



Odds are that the email you read this morning travelled over Corning Optical Fiber; the smartphone you used had a Corning cover glass; and the vehicle you drove to work had cleaner emissions because of a Corning catalytic converter substrate.


We are seeking out dedicated engineers and technicians who strive to see their work make a difference! If you have a passionate belief in the power of innovation to change the world; if you rate your own success by how many people are touched by your research; and if you are up to the challenge of doing world-class science to make real, profitable advanced materials, then Corning is the place for you.


Corning Incorporated focuses on building a diverse global workforce where differences are celebrated, and employees feel safe bringing their "whole selves" to work. Our Diversity Network hosts 18 active and distinctive Employee Resource Groups. Employees have access to Allyship resources, podcasts, an internal video channel, digital learning series and trainings, all focused on building and celebrating global diversity and inclusion. Corning has been recognized as a leader in this regard and has been consistently recognized as a national employer of choice.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Internal subject matter expert in machine / motion control systems, system integration, sensors, electro-mechanical devices and robotics.
  • Maintain department’s knowledge and capability in commercially available machine / motion control systems, system integration, part sensing, and robotics technologies.
  • Assigned to engineering project teams that are responsible to deliver robust, cost effective automation and process machine systems to Corning’s manufacturing plants and processes
  • Work with project team to solve difficult automation problems, resolve project related issues, and develop fundamental understanding of technical / process requirements critical to system success
  • Develop fundamental understanding of critical process and technical requirements, identify areas of technical risk in assigned projects, conduct prototype / feasibility testing to verify concept, and define and document system design specifications.
  • Develop control architectures, control functional specification, and system integration requirements that will satisfy process and manufacturing requirements.
  • Direct the design layouts of both complete electrical controls systems and controls subsections. Review electrical / electro-mechanical drawing package for conformance to industry and Corning standards.
  • Design, and / or direct resources, to develop fully integrated machine tools / motion control systems, robot cells, and safety systems.
  • Perform risk assessments and design robot safety systems.
  • Understand and implement hardware for the control and safety systems.
  • Interface with external system integrators and machine builders to successfully deliver fully integrated process equipment systems to Corning’s plants on-time, on-budget, and that satisfy performance measures
  • Actively participate / direct all phases of the project including design, fabrication, off-line integration and testing, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel, and technology transfer.
  • Report on project activities on a pre-determined basis. Ensure results meet the customer’s requirements as well as applicable national and international equipment design standards.


Travel Requirements:

  • Estimate travel at 30-50% depending upon specific project assignment.
  • Domestic and International.


Required Education and Years of Experience:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering Required
  • >7 years of experience in engineering with demonstrated success in designing, development and implementing controls solutions.


Required Skills:

  • Prior experience designing robot cells, including reach studies, cell simulation, programing and risk assessments
  • Fundamental understanding of electrical design practices, machine/motion control systems, electro-mechanical systems, robots, programming, and system integration
  • Designing, developing, and delivering fully integrated machine and motion control, automation, and process machine systems to manufacturing.
  • Ability to partner effectively with external vendors


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Autonomous Mobile Robots and Collaborative Robots
  • Previous experience with scaling up new products/processes into manufacturing
  • 2D/3D Software experience


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


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.


We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh