Optical Technician - Fairport, NY

Date: Sep 15, 2023

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 60885


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

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.


The purpose of this position is:

Responsible for the fabrication of optical and mechanical components; builds and tests product.  Applies training and skills to plan and perform operations.  Troubleshoots equipment and/or process issues. Trains others.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interprets blueprints and work instructions.
  • Configures, programs, and operates machines.
  • Monitors and adjusts process within the limits of the standard set-up.
  • Completes precision assembly of complex modules.
  • Performs quality tests, measurements, and inspections.
  • Performs process and equipment troubleshooting.
  • Trains peers on qualified operations.
  • Prepares materials.
  • Interfaces with plant systems (e.g., document control, manufacturing execution system, etc.).
  • Responsible for housekeeping and autonomous maintenance.
  • Communicates effectively and updates/maintains records when required.
  • Actively engages with continuous improvement and cost reduction programs.
  • Performs other Operations Associate job duties as required.


Working Conditions:

  • Good working conditions. 
  • Frequently lifts or moves materials up to 5 pounds. 
  • Occasionally lifts or moves materials up to 15 pounds. 
  • Rarely lifts or moves materials in excess of 15 pounds. 
  • Minimal exposure to disagreeable elements. 
  • Cleanroom environment prevalent. 



High School Diploma or GED required; technology based AAS preferred.



3+ years experience with precision manufacturing operations.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


The range for this position is ​$19.00 hourly rate - $23.50 hourly rate.  Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.

Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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

Nearest Major Market: Rochester