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Development Associate Engineer - Hickory, NC

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Date: Jun 10, 2021

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 46758


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.



Purpose of Position:

  • Innovate and design high precision optical connectors, adapters and related fiber optic telecommunication products.
  • Collaborate with research groups to advance solutions for the telecom industry through product and process exploration.
  • Collaborate with project leaders, process development engineers, manufacturing engineers and product line management to develop high volume fiber optics products manufactured across the globe.


As a minimum a Development Associate Engineer should be able to:

  • Create detailed mechanical designs of optical connectors, adapters and related solution assemblies
  • Identify design risks with failure mode analysis
  • Analyze current designs and new concepts with sensitivity analysis and tolerance allocation
  • Design components for high volume injection molding and metal machining processes
  • Proficiently use 3D CAD software
  • Apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances (ASME Y14.5 2009) to 3D models and 2D drawings


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide reliable solutions using analytical design and advanced problem-solving techniques
  • Provide prototypes for and participate in voice-of-customer meetings
  • Design components for high volume precision injection molding and metal machining processes
  • Coordinate design efforts with process and manufacturing engineers
  • Coordinate product evaluations with internal test labs
  • Instruct technicians how to perform required experiments
  • Effectively communicate designs and performance data
  • Meet project milestones and product cost targets


Required Competencies (Education, Knowledge, Skills, Experience, Soft Skills)

  • B.S., M.S. or PhD Mechanical Engineering required. M.S. or higher preferred.
  • 10 years’ experience designing fiber optic connectors and adapters
  • Demonstrated ability to solve challenging technical problems by developing creative solutions with an understanding of the underlying engineering principles
  • Use of 3D CAD software
  • Scientific curiosity and innovative mindset
  • Self-motivated to deliver results with minimal supervision
  • Communicates effectively (verbal and written)
  • Organized with good planning and time management skills
  • Works effectively with global teams
  • Positive attitude, flexible, proactive, and committed work ethic


Travel Requirements

  • Up to 10% global travel.



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