HCP- Manufacturing Associate

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Date: Jul 19, 2024

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 63778


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.


Purpose of New Position:

  • Manufacturing Associates are responsible for raw materials, in- process ware flow, subassemblies, and finished goods used within the cable manufacturing process.
  • This may include UV coloring, stranding, buffering, IPQC, jacketing, print/respool, cable repair, shipping/ receiving, and cutting and packaging


This position includes significant duties such as:

  • Beginning of shift check with Manufacturing Coordinator regarding assignments and production priorities
  • Responsible for assembling shop papers, MI’s and raw materials prior to start up.
  • Start up and change overs are per standard operating procedure
  • Monitor lines while running to ensure quality product, perform necessary PQA checks to ensure product is manufactured to specification.
  • Associates are required to report non conformance 
  • Ensure work space is 5S ready, clean and orderly
  • Associates are expected to know performance metrics and work toward targeted objectives
  • May perform weekly associate maintenance.
  • Associates should proactively report any equipment issues as soon as they become aware.
  • Perform preventive maintenance procedures, may occasionally troubleshoot
  • Assist RD&E with experiments as requested 
  • Loading and unloading raw materials.
  • Attention to consistent material handling procedures with an awareness of safe material transport according to environmental and hazardous materials protocols 
  • Receiving materials to stock, storing, issuing raw materials and miscellaneous items for production use while maintaining inventory accuracy using cycle counts and daily transactions.
  • Properly label and package reels for shipment to customer.
  • Verify QC paper work, barcode and data sheets, with reel tag.
  • Physically inspect reel via traverse, damage, and print statement
  • Work in a team environment to optimize output of quality product, assist others as necessary, and promote safety awareness
  • This description is intended to provide general duties and responsibilities and not meant to be an exhaustive inventory of the role. 
  • You may be assigned and expected to perform duties not otherwise contained in this description.
  • May be required to acquire fork lift certification


Working Conditions:

  • Good working conditions.
  • Heavy lifting in rare instances typically assisted.
  • Majority of time light lifting is involved. 
  • Some exposure to elements of dirt, dust, fumes, and noise, but none disagreeable


Education Requirements:

  • High School or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Fork lift certification


Experience Requirements:

  • Acquire in-depth MES knowledge.
  • Thorough understanding of manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of machine capabilities


This position does not support immigration sponsorship 


The range for this position is ​$21.50 hourly rate - $26.25 hourly rate.  Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


​Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at accommodations@corning.com.

Nearest Major Market: Hickory

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