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Opto-Mechanical Process Development Engineer - Fairport, NY

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Date: Mar 31, 2021

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 41975


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, define, develop and deliver the lowest cost manufacturing processes that meet all technical requirements to the production plant(s). This position will primarily support the Laser Optics (LO) manufacturing group with mechanical design and process development responsibilities.


Job Duties:

  • Manufacturing Engineers are key members of the product development teams starting with program launch to enable early involvement and concurrent engineering of manufacturing processes.
  • Process development is accomplished in a consistent, standardized manner utilizing a knowledge center of best practices and DF/X methodologies.
  • Engage the plant receivers (process engineering, operations associates, quality, supply chain, etc.) during the development phase through informal and formal design reviews.
  • LO product / process development encompasses the mechanical design of all required tooling and the development of any new processes required to produce the product.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Solid modeling of all fixtures & tools needed to realize the final product using Creo CAD software.
  • Optimize existing processes or create new processes to increase yield, throughput and in turn lower cost
  • To champion the use of DF/X tools on product development teams
  • Provide expertise on the implementation and execution of DF/X principles and tools, facilitating their correct use. Identify opportunities to add new or improve existing DF/X tools and develop as appropriate.
  • Consider lowest production costs with design alternatives
  • Attempt to eliminate manufacturing/assembly waste with product design
  • Ensure products are designed for stable processes that are already in use; if current processes do not meet new requirements, develop new processes concurrently during product development.
  • Update and maintain design guidelines.
  • Participate in the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR) of all new product development.
  • Perform Manufacturing Risk Assessments and manage Risk Reduction activities.
  • Lead the Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) for all manufacturing and process areas.
  • Responsible for work center layout, floor plan, and product flow.
  • Includes prototype capacities and a plan to meet forecast production rate.
  • Specify manufacturing equipment, tools, fixtures, test equipment with their facility requirements.
  • Develop process flow charts, work instructions, process sheets, checklists, forms, and other required documentation.
  • Responsible for pre-transfer (prototypes & pilots) build quality and delivery commitments.
  • Maintain product knowledge throughout the lifecycle to support the plant’s management of the product line after TG5 transfer.
  • Protect intellectual property by documenting key competitive processes.
  • Stay current with the latest manufacturing ideologies and seek out the appropriate experts when needed.
  • Assess existing manufacturing capability gaps and recommend development activities


Required Skills

  • Minimum Bachelor Degree Required - Optical (preferred) or Mechanical Engineer
  • 3+ years experience
  • Experience using 3D solid modeling software
  • Experience with process development in an optics shop environment
  • Experience in cost reduction of optical components through process and equipment improvements
  • Knowledge of plano polishing on pitch lapping equipment
  • Knowledge of optical metrology equipment including interferometers & autocollimators


Required to sign covenant not to compete


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.

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