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Optical Fabrication Engineer - Fairport, NY

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Date: Jul 15, 2021

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 47720


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.

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:

Concurrently with the product development team, work to define, develop, and deliver new optical products and manufacturing processes for precision optics which meet all technical requirements. Will primarily support the Precision Optics (PO) manufacturing group with product and process development responsibilities. This position will collaborate with both the development group and the plant operations group.

Required Skills:

  • We require a minimum of a BS in Mechanical, Optical or Manufacturing Engineering
  • We are seeking 3+ years’ experience
  • Knowledge of the manufacture of optical components and optical materials
  • Precision machining and measurement including CNC equipment and programming
  • 3D solid modeling software
  • Process development in an optics shop environment
  • Knowledge of plano polishing on pitch lapping equipment
  • Optical metrology equipment including interferometers, profilometers, & autocollimators
  • Knowledge of optical material and coating interaction with high power lasers at UV wavelengths
  • Desire to learn new technologies and become a SME
  • Aptitude for precision hands-on optical and mechanical skills
  • Strong communication skills including written, verbal, and formal presentations
  • Have a drive for continuous improvement and be flexible and willing to learn new things

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • To champion the use of DF/X tools on product development teams
  • Provide guidance on the implementation and execution of DF/X principles and tools, facilitating their correct use; see opportunities to add new or improve existing DF/X tools and develop as appropriate
  • Consider lowest production costs with design alternatives
  • Compile Cost Estimates for quoting, staffing plan, and resource scheduling
  • Participate in the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR) of new product development
  • Perform Risk Assessments and handle Risk Reduction activities
  • Specify new manufacturing capabilities via development of new techniques, or specifying new equipment, tools, fixtures, test equipment
  • Develop process work instructions, flow charts, process sheets, and other required documentation
  • Responsible for pre-transfer (prototypes & pilots) build quality and delivery commitments
  • Train first round of manufacturing personnel on new capabilities
  • Protect intellectual property by documenting key competitive processes
  • Stay ahead of the latest manufacturing trends and seek out the appropriate specialists when needed
  • Assess existing manufacturing capability gaps and recommend development activities
  • Solid modeling of fixtures & tools using Creo CAD software
  • Specify manufacturing equipment, tools, fixtures, and test equipment with their facility requirements
  • Set-up and operate new production equipment

Job Duties:

  • Process development is accomplished in a consistent, standardized manner utilizing a knowledge center of standard and DF/X methodologies
  • Engagement of the plant receivers (process engineering, operations associates, quality, supply chain, etc.) during the development phase through informal and formal design reviews
  • Job responsibilities and skills will vary and could range from fabricating optical, inspecting and/or testing optics
  • Individuals applying, must be team oriented and able to work collaboratively with others


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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