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Development Engineer

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Date: Dec 3, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 58157


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.

Scope of Position 


The successful candidate will be responsible for development of new extrusion processes and cable products. Specific knowledge of fiber optic cable processes would be helpful, although not required. Candidate is expected to apply expertise in engineering to support new product and process development activities. Candidate will establish tooling, equipment and process design requirements, and develop machine set points for ideal manufacturing conditions. Experience in design and development of a continuous manufacturing process along with the layout and equipment is desirable. This includes creating and setting specifications, developing, implementing and monitoring this equipment and process as part of the manufacturing system.


Day to Day Responsibilities:


• Participate in project teams, developing new products and processes to solve customer problems while creating intellectual property to deliver value for Corning.

• Design and development of new, or modify and optimize equipment and continuous manufacturing processes that are already in place. This includes creating and setting specifications, developing, implementing the process and equipment to be designed for manufacturing. Planning and installation of new equipment.

• Conduct research, propose experiments and analyze data to test hypotheses to enhance understanding of products and processes and to provide Corning with inventive solutions toward new development efforts.

• Guide development technicians in the day to day activities needed to achieve milestones.

• Data collection, interpretation, communicating and documenting results in technical reports and presentations.

• Balance hands-on work-related activities with technical leadership related activities.

• Collaborate with research and manufacturing functions throughout product development cycle.

• Commissioning and qualification of the new process in factory

• Maintain strong interaction with process development personnel located in US, Germany and Poland

• Assist and/or lead product process development part of projects (globally) to accomplish design and cost reduction goals

• Work with suppliers to resolve problems with materials as well as maintain relationship with suppliers to stay abreast of new material availability.

• Risk assessments of the equipment and processes being used. Of course, this refers to staff safety and safety within the plant, but this can also extend outwards to include things such as the environmental impact and customer field issues related to product failure.


Required Skills 


• Individual must be capable of executing project assignments in a team-based environment with minimal supervision

• Strong problem solver utilizing structured techniques.

• Demonstrated, applied mechanical aptitude.

• Ability to share and clearly express technical ideas.

• Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

• Ability to communicate effectively within a global work environment with solid written and verbal skills, with experience with Microsoft Office tools


Education and Experience


• BS in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical Engineering or equivalent degree

• 0 - 5 years’ professional experience with extrusion


Desired Skills


• Master's is desirable

• PhD is desirable

• Experience in computer aided design for mechanical drawings

• Continuous process design and development experience

• Experience in polymer extrusion

• Capable of performing complex data analysis using MS excel (SPC), or statistical software such as JMP or Minitab.

• Experience with rigorous project management

• Artificial intelligence human assisted design and/or demonstrated use of simulation software in the development of new processes or other process modeling abilities.


Soft Skills 


• Positive attitude

• Good communication/presentation skills at multiple levels including teams/management/customers

• Good facilitation and collaboration skills to enable ambiguous evaluations

• A bias towards action: Personal initiative, results-driven and details-oriented

• Good interpersonal and relationship building skills

• Able to work on multiple projects at one time




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