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Industrial Manufacturing Engineer

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Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57175


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.




  1. Plan, direct, and continually improve Industrial Engineering / Lean Manufacturing activities and implement concepts in Optical Fiber and Cable (OFC) facilities as needed based on priority.
  2. Develop plant layouts (new & existing facilities) and implement IE/Lean concepts such as 5S, Kaizen, value stream mapping, capacity modeling, load smoothing, & one-piece flow in order to improve performance in quality, cost, delivery, morale, & safety. Communicate and work with corporate & other Corning locations to establish similar goals/objectives, promote best practice proliferation, & ensure inter-plant consistency of systems and procedures.
  3. Develop and implement systems, procedures, and projects required to successfully accomplish site, divisional, and corporate goals and objectives.





 • New and existing facility layout development for Lean Flow and operations. Liaison between project team, plant receivers, & EPCM design team (for construction projects) to ensure plant needs are met.

 • Clearly communicate the IE/Lean philosophy, vision, & expectations.

 • Deliver & improve the process of training and development of OFC regarding Lean concepts.

 • Assist with development & implementation of a strategy for a self-sustaining Lean program including metrics that support lean manufacturing philosophy.

 • Lead value stream mapping & capacity modeling exercises to identify & document opportunities to improve the business (Current & Future State). Develop & execute project plans in order to achieve the Future State.

 • Facilitate continuous improvement activities via Kaizens, Kaizen Blitzes, 5S, Time Studies, DMAIC projects & through daily interaction with site employees. Facilitate leadership and others “going to Gemba” to truly understand and implement improvements.

 • Develop & implement sustainable 5S, visual control, Load Smoothing, Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), & other Lean programs.

 • Facilitate the planning and implementation of workplace flow & layout, as well as equipment installations, modifications, and moves according to Lean concepts.

 • Document work done & results achieved. Develop & update standards as changes are made. Ensure PDCA cycles are followed.

 • Identify & horizontally deploy benchmark opportunities and develop partnerships with appropriate parties.

 • Facilitate/implement Lean projects at any OFC location in order to provide continuous improvement with the largest impact. Travel expected to be less than 30% but could include international trips.

 • Plan and achieve divisional budget objectives for expense and capital items.




 • Lean program development

 • Training of lean group, site, & divisional employees

 • Layout of operations utilizing IE/Lean concepts

 • Capacity models for operations

 • Integration of IE/Lean concepts into existing systems (eg job descriptions, objectives, training systems, technology development, supply chain) 





 • Personal computer (word processing, spreadsheet, database extraction/analysis, AutoCAD)

 • Blueprints.




 • Decisions regarding load smoothing, scheduling, inventory levels, & other Lean concepts. Decisions impact on time shipments.

 • Decisions regarding capacity models, equipment layout, & staffing. Decisions impact quality, cost, delivery, morale, & safety.




 • Site/Divisional employees regarding IE/Lean concepts & techniques.

 • Corporate and employees at other Corning locations to establish similar goals/objectives, promote best practice proliferation, and to ensure inter-plant consistency of systems.

 • Contractors concerning work done.

 • Vendors concerning products/services purchased.




 • Indirect reporting to and with (facilitates) improvement activities with employees of all pay types and grades on site & at other sites within OFC.




 • Forecast & budget information

 • Strategic plans & capacity models

 • Equipment footprints/layout, components, and specifications




  • BS degree in Industrial Engineering or other related engineering degree with experience in the field of IE/Lean required.
  •  Knowledge of manufacturing methods, systems, and production processes required.
  •  Excellent inter-personal and communication skills (written and verbal) required.
  •  Must be process/results oriented and have organizational and attention-to-detail abilities.
  •  Must have working knowledge of personal computers including (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, AutoCAD, analysis of manufacturing data).
  •  Previous supervisory experience, Facilities/Maintenance experience, & Operations experience preferred.
  •  Knowledge of blueprints and shop equipment helpful.


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