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Controls Engineer

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Date: Feb 1, 2023

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 55309


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. 

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.


This is a permanent plant engineering position with key plant responsibilities at HMTC:

  • Manage the electrical and controls scope of process improvement, capital expansion, and obsolescence mitigation projects.
  • Implement robust, cost-effective automation and process machine control systems.
  • Interface with external system integrators to successfully deliver fully integrated process equipment systems to Corning’s facility.
  • Participate in all phases of the project including design, fabrication, off-line integration and testing, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel, and technology transfer. Independently follow construction of equipment in vendors’ facilities.


Work Hours and Schedule:

  • Nominal working hours are M – F, 8 AM – 5 PM.
  • Informal 24/7 coverage for ad-hoc call-in support (1st Level Subject Matter Expert).


Travel: less than 5%


Educations and Experience:

  • BSEE / BSCS with 2+ years manufacturing experience working with PLCs / HMIs / VFDs controlling process and automation equipment; other engineering will be considered with relevant work experience.


Required Skills:

  • Must have experience in programming of Allen Bradley ControlLogix v20 systems and higher.
  • Ability to generate, debug and modify PLC code – ladder logic, structured text and function block diagram.
  • Must have experience in programming of HMI / SCADA systems programming in a plant environment including higher level communications protocols – Red Lion / GE IFIX.
  • Ensure proactive safety measures for all equipment and processes. Seeks to identify and correct potential safety or environmental issues using NEC, NFPA, and other pertinent safety codes. Ensure safety procedures, such as Lock-Out Tag-Out, are followed at all times.
  • Generate and interpret electrical drawings using AutoCAD Electrical 2015 for systems design including control panel layouts, component documentation, and schematics. Prepare initial CAD design layouts of both complete electrical controls systems and control sub-sections. Review electrical drawing packages for conformance to Corning standards.
  • Strong fundamental understanding of electrical design practices, machine/motion control systems, electro-mechanical systems, Yaskawa VFD and Servo programming, communication protocols, and practical application.
  • Work closely with support technicians to resolve equipment issues.
  • Ability to reach fundamental understanding of process issues utilizing sound troubleshooting skills.
  • Capable of executing project assignments, in a team-based environment, with minimal supervision.
  • Thoroughly carry out assignments to completion.


Desired Skills:

  • Entrepreneurial (able to conceive and design a control system never before demonstrated).
  • Visionary (understands the big picture and is able to project this view).
  • Knowledge of legacy controls equipment, networks, and software.
  • Experience with the OSI PI (historian) interface.
  • Strong written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills.


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, 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