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Mechanical Engineer

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Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 58276


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:  

Apply knowledge of engineering principles and practices to effectively accomplish technical assignments and projects. Makes decisions independently based upon sound engineering and scientific methods. Actively participates within and beyond department boundaries to resolve important process and product issues. Enhances manufacturing capabilities through the implementation of new ideas and methods. Independently executes projects to fulfill department goals and objectives in the areas of cost reduction, productivity gains, process flow, capacity increases, scrap reduction and process and product enhancements.  


Day to Day Responsibilities:  

  • Support manufacturing in a 24/7 production environment
  • Assisting production personnel and maintenance functions in day-to-day troubleshooting of equipment and processes
  • Conducting trend analysis of reoccurring errors
  • Developing proposals/designs/training to reduce those errors and machine downtime and implement the corrections.
  • Support Division governance of winding technology to include owning division
  • Quality documents pertaining to winding. Interface daily with operators and production team leaders to monitor and correct possible process fluctuations.
  • Manage all aspects of bringing new equipment into production, including preparation of financial justification, designing, specifying, purchasing, as well as tracking all spending related to the project.
  • Develop maintenance and operator training documentation, conducting equipment qualification and initial training of production personnel, and making provisions for repair parts stocking levels.
  • Formally document all aspects of the project using various project and change management tools.
  • Initiate and implement process or equipment improvements in order to reduce scrap/cost, increase run rates, or improve overall product performance and quality through the application of engineering principles.
  • Support the transfer of new cabling and fiber technology or materials from development groups to production environment.
  • Provide processing support during product development
  • Develop plans as to how the equipment/processes will be employed into production
  • Ensure that the new technology is repeatable in a production environment prior to transfer.
  • Ensure all production and maintenance documentation is completed such as MI's, SOP's, PM's, and calibration.
  • Take an active role in continuous improvement team activities and conduct all tasks consistent with the DMAIC/Six Sigma methodology when applicable.
  • Excellent presentation skills for all audience types ranging from manufacturing associates to executive level personnel.  


Travel Requirements:

  • 30%  


Hours of Operation:  

  • M-F 8-5 Supporting a 24/7 Operation  



  • B.S. degree Mechanical   


Preferred Experience:  

  • Project Management experience
  • Min of 2 yrs Manufacturing experience
  • Knowledge of polymers and extrusion processes
  • PE License Knowledge
  • Familiarity with controls including programming


This position does not support immigration sponsorship 




We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability 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