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Precision Engineer - Fairport, NY

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Date: Apr 10, 2021

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45319


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:

Broaden and extend Corning Inc.’s competency in the field of precision mechanical and metrology system design, development, and implementation for a variety of applications from prototype to plant floor level manufacturing systems.

This will require an individual familiar with developing, promoting, and implementing the following: Unique opto-mechanical designs for products and processes, an understanding of micron and sub-micron metrology principles and methods, the ability to develop instrumentation specifications, error budgets, and quantify measurement uncertainty, the ability to use and understand (impact and limitations) state of the art computer modeling and analysis software packages for mechanical, optical, and multi-physics phenomenon and for data analysis and display, support project management from concept to manufacturing transfer at a manufacturing location, be proactive in the propagation of precision engineering principles and practices within Corning.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Interface and work with the Development, Engineering, and Manufacturing teams that are involved in the innovation and manufacture of new products and processes within Corning’s Advanced Optics’ precision optics, laser optics, and metrology instruments businesses.
  • Focus will be on the design, analysis, and metrology of first generation/next generation products, instruments, metrology methods, and machine fixturing/components for robustness of design from the conceptual phase through to verification of performance on first article prototypes.
  • Work with other project team members on solving difficult mechanical and metrology engineering related problems, understanding project related issues, and general process engineering and process understanding.
  • Work with outside suppliers on specifying and procuring various precision products, measurement equipment, fixtures and machine components to support project responsibilities.
  • Individual must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; proficient data display skills Individual must investigate prior art and document any Intellectual Property developed as part of their project or development activities.
  • Individual must document project results through internal and external reporting means (design reviews, peer reviews, customer presentations, manager review, technical reports, etc.)
  • Work as a team member/advisor during the development of new precision instruments, qualification benches, component design for different departments and work groups.
  • Estimate time required to accomplish tasks and monitor performance against schedules. Individual must be capable of executing project assignments with minimal direction.


Travel Requirements:

  • We estimated less than 10% travel for this role, it will depend upon specific project assignment. Travel may be required for routine interaction with customers and suppliers.


Education & Experience:

  • We require a B.S. or M.S (preferred) in Mechanical Engineering or Electromechanical Engineering
  • We are seeking 5+ years in optics, opto-mechanical design, metrology and metrology instrumentation preferred
  • Technical expertise to in the areas of precision mechanical design, displacement measurement methods and uncertainty
  • Tolerance for ambiguity and open-ended objectives – working in development environment with constantly evolving requirements
  • Able to review data and facts and weigh options using a systematic approach to tackle problems (decision making analysis tools, performance budgets, etc.)
  • Clearly present ideas and interpret complex information
  • Flexibility to change ideas and focus based on new ideas
  • Handle multiple projects; establish plan and use goals to guide actions; schedule people and tasks to complete projects


Desired Skills:

  • Kinematic design and measurement principles
  • Fluent in finite element modeling techniques
  • Understanding flexure design and applications/limitations
  • Familiar with mechanical designs for vacuum, thermal modeling, heat transfer, etc.
  • Material selections and impacts/trade-offs for cost, manufacturability, strength, stiff, stability, etc.


Soft Skills:

  • Motivated to support team and business goals Innovative and technically curious
  • Problem solving, decision making, results oriented, ambitious, and forward looking
  • Excellent external university, supplier, and customer interface
  • Leadership skills
  • Prior-art research skills


Required to sign 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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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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