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Controls Engineer

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Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57682


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.

Controls Engineer

Location: Hickory, NC. 


Scope of Position:

Serve as an electrical controls resource for process improvement, cost reduction and capital expansion projects. Manage electrical and controls scope of assigned projects. Lead/participate in project teams and support daily manufacturing operations by providing technical support to plant’s various control systems. These controls solutions may be for systems to deliver and transform raw materials to product, convey ware between discrete processing steps, and/or measure and characterize ware created and/or processed by these novel manufacturing methods.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Integrates field devices for flow control, material handling and metering, motion control, temperature control
  • Integrates associated safety systems into an overall controls package enabling a fully-functional equipment platform.
  • Work closely with IT & process engineers to define analog & digital channel requirements, control sequence logic (both time-based and event-based), fail-safe states and process /equipment recovery sequences.
  • Select and specify field devices to accomplish desired process / equipment functions, and compatible / compliant with site standards.
  • Work closely with Engineering project team and eventual Production Operation receivers to determine design requirements and constraints.
  • Drive to clarify design requirements when they are ambiguous or unknown.
  • Accurately estimates timeframe to complete project work, once scope of work is adequately defined, then completes work to agreed-to timeline.
  • Designs control solutions vice replicating and/or scaling existing equipment designs.
  • Provide electrical and controls engineering and equipment technical expertise in fiber optic cable manufacturing in support of production, maintenance, continuous improvement, cost reduction, and productivity improvement. Internal subject matter expert in control systems (PLC, HMI, Drives etc.,), system integration, sensors and electro-mechanical devices
  • Provide technical support when maintenance requirements exceed electrical associate capabilities.
  • Develop fundamental understanding of critical process and technical requirements
  • Identify areas of technical risk in assigned projects, conduct prototype / feasibility testing to verify concept, and define and document system design specifications
  • Develop control architectures, control functional specification, and system integration requirements that will satisfy process and manufacturing requirements
  • Participate/direct all phases of technology transfer of process/measurement equipment including design, fabrication, off-line integration and testing, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel.
  • Recommend and implement long term solutions to recurring equipment performance issues.
  • Provide inputs to capital and facilities plans for equipment upgrade or maintenance cycles.
  • Support process projects and data system projects by interfacing with operators and production team leaders to monitor and correct process fluctuations and equipment issues
  • Conduct equipment qualifications and initial training of new personnel
  • Support plant initiatives, and Operations on OEE, SPC, SQC and ISO Provide timely and efficient engineering support to meet or exceed the requirements of internal and external customers.
  • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments, in a team based environment, with minimal supervision


Travel Requirements:

20-25%. Some international travel may be required.


Hours of Work/Work Schedule/Flex-Time:

Typically 8AM-5PM M-F


Required Education:

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering


Required Years and Area of Experience:

At least 5 years of relevant work experience


Required Skills:

  • Experience in PLC programming (AB Studio 5000 preferred) Able to design, configure, and implement HMI programming (GE iFix preferred)
  • Ability to program in ladder logic, structured text and function block.
  • Strong fundamental understanding of electrical design practices, control systems integration, controls architectures, PLC’s, electro-mechanical drive systems, vision system, risk assessment and safety systems
  • Ability to drive technical solutions with minimal direction
  • Experienced in the checkout and verification of electrical control panels
  • Well versed in the rules and regulation relating to implementation and best practices in electrical system design and implementation including arc flash requirements
  • Working knowledge of NFPA79 Industrial Machinery Electrical Safety Standard
  • Working knowledge of safety system design and deployment including safety hazard assessment, safety rated device selection, and interlocking safety zones.
  • Project management skills


Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of cable manufacturing process and equipment Manufacturing experience and ability to work in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of MES systems, VB.NET and PI Data Historian AutoCAD Electrical


Soft Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) Interpersonal skills – engaging, enabling, open
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a team based environment
  • Energetic, effective under pressure, and can respond positively to criticism
  • Highly motivated, results oriented, customer focused, with a high commitment level
  • Handles more than one priority at a time, shifts priorities quickly and efficiently
  • Sound problem solving and decision making processes and skills


This position supports immigration sponsorship 


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability 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