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Development Technician Co -Op

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Date: Mar 14, 2023

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 60188


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 working with members of the OFC Technology Organization to gain valuable hands-on experience, including project and process activities while completing an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechatronics Engineering Technology.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Full-time enrollment and attendance in either two year Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechatronics Engineering Technology curriculum of study
  • Learn to apply the 5S Lean Manufacturing concepts to the work/storage area for the department.
  • Certification to drive a forklift/walkie.
  • Assist the development team with process troubleshooting, debug and transfer to manufacturing from a mechanical, controls and electrical perspective.
  • Learn basic hand tool techniques to install stands, tools, etc.
  • Measure process and product parameters and input these into MS Excel for the team.
  • Learn how to operate a variety of manufacturing lines and pieces of equipment such as extruders (including crossheads), take-ups, payoffs, water troughs, capstans, etc.
  • Work will occur at HMTC and occasional daily assignments in Trivium, Newton and Winston-Salem Plants may also be required.
  • Apply learnings from the Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program that is in progress such as controls programming, electrical wiring of equipment and CAD drawings/design.
  • Capture new ideas for possible patent submission.


Travel Requirements: Minimal OFC Cable Manufacturing sites in NC (Hickory, Trivium, Newton, Winston-Salem)


Hours of Work/Schedule: 40 hours/week – total hours in classroom and onsite (this position does not support overtime)


Required Years and Areas of Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Enrollment in either a Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechatronics Engineering Technology program of study upon acceptance of position
  • Minimum of 6 months in Corning Cable Manufacturing environment operating cabling lines


Required Skills:

  • Strong problem solver utilizing structured techniques.
  • Demonstrated, applied mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a work environment.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions.
  • Ability to make sound decisions by blending analytical thinking and practical judgment.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, with teneral computer experience in Microsoft Office tools.


Desired Skills:

  • Familiar with fiber optics and extrusion equipment with process capability understanding
  • Experience in manufacturing or field installation environment at Corning


Soft Skills:

  • Positive attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Personal initiative, results-driven and detail-oriented
  • Good interpersonal and relationship building 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