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Metrology Engineer, Optical Components - Fairport, NY

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Date: Sep 6, 2021

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 47580


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 transfoarmed 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.

The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.


Scope of Position:

Devise, build, and maintain instrumentation and comprehensive test methods to measure and analyze ultra-precise optical components.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with multi-disciplined project teams to design and integrate fully functional metrology equipment/test stands: R&D team, optical designers, metrology engineers and technicians, optical manufacturing personnel, SW developers, etc.
  • Design (or specify for purchase) optical test methods and instrumentation to measure various parameters of optical components used in complex optical systems for imaging, non-imaging and metrology systems.
  • Use a wide array of in-house and commercial metrology and software to assess flatness, irregularity, radius of curvature, center thickness, asphericity, profile, mid-spatial frequency, PSD, wedge or prism angles, and other optical component parameters.
  • Read and interpret optical drawings containing optical tolerancing and ISO specifications.
  • Analyze optical component surface maps to assess complex shapes using Zernike and asphere polynomials.
  • Create and document metrology methods and test procedures for transfer to manufacturing.
  • Train manufacturing personnel to execute test and measurement tasks.

Required Education & Experience:

  • We require a B.S. in Optics or Physics is desired, M.S. a plus.
  • We are seeking 2-5 years in designing instrumentation for testing precision optical components systems. Hands-on metrology laboratory experience required, as is industrial experience in optical metrology. Must be familiar with optical shop phase measuring interferometers interferometers software or applications.
  • Ability to function on a product development team of multi-disciplinary engineers.
  • Experience and understanding of geometrical optics and optical test methods. (interferometry, wavefront sensing, deflectometry, profilometry, precision tooling, polarization/polarimetry, etc)
  • Experience with aspheric measurement methods (sub-aperture stitching, null testing, CGH design and implementation, etc) a plus.
  • Familiarity with optical and stylus profilometry, roughness measurement, microscopy.
  • Familiarity with gauge study and measurement uncertainty assessment.
  • Proficiency in Excel is required. Matlab, and other analytical software applications is desired. Proficiency with phase measuring software from Zygo, 4D, Apre’, QED a plus.
  • Must have strong presentation and technical writing skills to enable communication within the program team and with internal and external customers

Travel Requirements:

  • 5%, domestic & international. Typical travel includes training, networking opportunities, customer visits, conferences and trade shows, and benchmarking activities as required.

Hours of work:

  • Typical work hours, M-F, 8am-5pm. Extra and off hours may be required during times of heightened project activity in order to meet objectives


Required to sign a covenant not to compete.

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!


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