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Controls Design Engineer, High-Speed Automation Development

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Date: Apr 13, 2021

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 45359


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.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry. This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.


Scope of Position:

  • Controls Engineer will analyze user requirements, process design, and mechanical equipment design to create controls architecture for automated systems.
  • Work closely with engineers and technicians to define and perform experiments to develop process technologies and solutions.
  • Collaboration with internal and external subject matter experts.
  • Application of controls theory to solve challenging process control and monitoring problems.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to translate process requirements into controls designs and methodologies to ensure process quality.
  • Produce appropriate documentation of controls architecture to facilitate clear communication of requirements to internal and external resources.
  • Interface with vendors to select components that meet the needs of the equipment under development.
  • Develop robust code that delivers desired functionality from equipment under development.
  • Create intuitive Human Machine Interfaces on PC based platforms to deliver desired level of control and feedback from machines and testing apparatus.
  • Work directly with internal IT resources to implement network connectivity and appropriate permissions to ensure equipment functionality.
  • Perform debugging and modification of new and existing equipment to facilitate development activities.
  • Work with mechanical designers and controls technicians to resolve issues and guide best practices.
  • Coordinate with controls resources to ensure that hardware, software, and the related documentation stay in sync via appropriate change management tools and processes.
  • Design and implement test plans to validate that equipment meets functional requirements and prepare written reports summarizing findings.
  • Perform safety analyses and compliance assessments via identification of key risks and issues in order to comply with applicable standards, policies, and regulatory requirements.


Travel Requirements:

  • Minimal travel expected during development (up to 15%).
  • Up to 50% during manufacturing deployment.


Required Skills:

  • Experience in a lab or development environment.
  • Experience in producing detailed definitions and associated documentation of controls system architecture.
  • Direct experience writing controls logic and configuring controls networks.
  • Experience in specifying and selecting and configuring compatible controls hardware to construct controls systems.
  • Experienced in the preparation of controls drawings using AutoCAD software (or similar).
  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills demonstrated by the use of advanced data analysis.


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Beckhoff controls.
  • Experience writing PC based applications in C++ or similar languages.
  • Experience producing controls systems that interface with SCADA and MES systems.
  • Experience in performing machine safety analyses.
  • Allen-Bradley controls hardware and programming.
  • Omron controls hardware and programming.
  • Structured text programming.
  • C++ application development.
  • Experience working with large, geographically diverse project teams.
  • Experience in the fiber optic industry.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in development of PC and/or PLC based systems


Soft Skills:

  • Proficient in the use of MS Office (Excel, Word, Project, PowerPoint).
  • Strong understanding of computer operating systems.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external resources.
  • Ability to clearly express technical ideas and adapt for non-technical audiences.
  • All main communication is in English.
  • High initiative, able to work with minimal direction.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within diverse teams.



Are you ready for an exciting career with Corning Inc? Apply today!


This position does not support work authorization 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.

Nearest Major Market: Hickory