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Technical Leader - Online Measurement & Inspection

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Date: Jul 18, 2019

Location: Hefei, China, CN

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 35837


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in speciality 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.

Corning's Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering division (MTE) is recognized as the leader in engineering excellence & innovative manufacturing technologies by providing diverse skills to Corning’s existing & emerging businesses.

We anticipate & provide timely, valued, leading edge manufacturing technologies and engineering expertise.  We partner with Corning’s businesses and the Science & Technology division. Together we create and sustain Corning’s manufacturing as a differential advantage.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities

  • Lead a technical team to develop and deploy state of the art measurement and automated inspection technologies to support manufacturing activities including new technology transfer, process improvement, cost reduction and capacity expansion.
  • Initiate and lead measurement and automated inspection projects as appropriate to support competency and capability development critical to advancing operational competitive advantage, quality and capacity.
  • Represent team to engage with internal customers such as engineering and manufacturing and external vendors, industry and academia for technical engagement, capability evaluations and etcetera across Asia.
  • Advance and maintain technical competencies by actively participating and leading the evaluation of industrialized measurement solutions and the invention of automated inspection, including choosing/evaluating or developing framework and/or platforms of measurements / inspection systems, defining standard development tools and platforms (e.g. C#/C++, Matlab, Halcon & etc.), setting up division standard for measurement systems and automated and integrated inspection solutions.
  • Be responsible for establishing trainings and development programs/processes to enhance team’s competencies, capabilities and skills in core technologies through project assignments, trainings, coaching, seminars and conferences.
  • Project work implementing new measurement equipment. 
  • Conduct MSA and Gage R&R studies
  • Ensure validity of measurement equipment and programs
  • Provide technical direction to the measurement operators
  • Review measurement requirements and methods with our supply base
  • Hands-on on involvement with the design, development, and implementation of measurement equipment and techniques that support manufacturing and product development
  • Provide technical leadership and coordination with team members and equipment suppliers with system builds and factory installations
  • Identify and resolve gaps between attribute and technology roadmaps and existing measurement capability
  • Engineer measurement solutions that are suitable for use in manufacturing.
  • Work with a variety of cross functional groups (Development, Quality, IT, Purchasing, Operations); Work with scientists, researchers, and/or suppliers to understand first principles of systems and processes and develop improvements or enhancements to meet business needs
  • Use statistical tools and designed experiments (DOE) in process problem solving and process improvement
  • Support new product introductions through equipment design, installation, process certification, documentation and training.
  • Meet with internal project sponsors and stakeholders to develop system requirements, establish design constraints, and set priorities
  • Lead brainstorming and other ideation activities related to system engineering and measurement technologies
  • Develop fundamental understanding for new mechanical, electrical, and measurement system approaches using the public domain, modeling and CAD tool
  • Design and execute experiments to evaluate novel measurement technologies based on optical, electrical, and other contrast mechanisms
  • Design and build instrumentation as proof-of-concept prototypes to address inspection challenges
  • Act as technical Subject Matter Expert in cross-functional team dedicated to developing novel instrumentation
  • Communicate test results and project progress to team members, stakeholders, and leadership
  • Integrate new systems and new technologies into development and manufacturing lines
  • Transfer new technologies to equipment and process receivers. Provide remote system support, and develop system documentation
  • Understand Corning's Intellectual property management processes and follow that process in documenting any intellectual property developed as part of a project.  This includes capturing intellectual property in the form of invention disclosures, technical reports, patent applications and etc.
  • Provide day-to-day problem-solving support to production, development and research operations as necessary

Education & Experience  

  • MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mechanical, Opto-electrical or relevant field.
  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience, ideally in a manufacturing or development setting with a track record for delivering results
  • Demonstrated knowledge in a technical field
  • Project team membership, contributor and/or leadership experience
  • Top Universities in the US, North America, Europe & Asia is a plus
  • Experience working on process control / online measurement & inspection / electrical equipment for glass melting, forming, finishing and/or automotive subcomponent manufacturing plant is a plus
  • Exposure to APQP, PPAP, IATF 16949 or Automotive Safety Testing a plus
  • Experience living, studying, working and/or extended traveling outside of home country or dealing with foreigners is a plus
  • Extensive working experience in multi-national corporations is a plus
  • Diversity of experience or background is an asset

Required Skills 

  • Strong technical expertise in Optics, Machine Vision, Electrical Engineering, or Systems Engineering
  • Measurement system development or characterization
  • Optical system design
  • Solid understanding of statistical methods / analysis of systems
  • Data retrieval, plotting and analysis (primarily using Microsoft Excel)
  • Strong process, systems and troubleshooting skills
  • Understanding of measurement technology and testing methods
  • Expertise with Halcon, MIL or other Machine Vision / Image Signal Processing toolset
  • Expertise with broad range of optical and non-optical-based sensors and technologies (including cameras, laser sensors, ultrasonics, vibrometers, and interferometers)
  • Hands on experience with equipment installation
  • Experience working with outside suppliers and machine integrators.
  • Ability to manage, prioritize, and execute multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong programming capability in either VB.Net or C# programming languages
  • Expertise with LabView, Simulink, MatLab, or other system prototyping and data analysis software
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a diverse technical and non-technical audience, including native English speakers and English-as-a-Second-Language speakers.
  • Broad-based communication skills to interact with customers in all components of the business and at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work effectively in a small team in a cooperative, flexible, and respectful manner; communicating constructively, showing commitment and working toward a common goal.
  • Broad-based vision and strategic thinking to work with businesses across the country and lead measurements and automated inspection technology strategic execution
  • Strong ability to manage change and multiple priorities dealing with a mixture of Center-of-Excellence (COE) capability development, project activities and Community-of-Practice (COP) collaboration.
  • Prior engineering experience with technical/project leadership responsibility for the design, development, and deployment of measurement systems and/or automated inspection systems/platforms for manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in manufacturing information systems with process data collection
  • Experience in controls, shop floor and factory network systems architecture design for data integrity and reliability
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)