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OCS Cable Knowledge Development Engineer

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Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 58204


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.

Position Purpose:


Support the development of a sustainable, global, comprehensive, rigorous engineering knowledge development program for Optical Connectivity Solutions cables. This should include development of a curriculum including currently offered programs (Cable University delivered by OFC Cable Technology), formal “classroom” training, workshops, OJT, eLearning and certifications. This position requires a high level of technical knowledge, strong communication skills and a high degree of familiarity with Corning manufacturing systems.


Job Responsibilities:


• Closely collaborate with OCS Divisional Engineering Managers and Directors in all aspects of the creation of the OCS Cable Engineering Knowledge Development program

• Work with a cross functional stakeholder group, including OCS and OFC Division Engineering, OFC Cable Technology, and OFC and OCS cable plants to identify training needs for process engineers

• Develop and deliver training or collaborate with internal or external resources to develop and deliver training

• Collaborate with Corning Workforce Development and Leadership group to align training with existing and future Corning training programs

• Align the development program with HR priorities and requirements in each global region

• Advocate engineering development through interactions with peers and leadership.

• Serve as an engineering mentor to younger engineers

• Facilitate mentor relationships and on-the-job training


Travel Requirements


• Approximately 50% domestic and international travel to OCS locations


Hours of work/work schedule:


• Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm (40 hrs. per week) as a base schedule. Schedule will need to be flexed periodically to accommodate other time zone


Required Education and Experience


• BS in an engineering discipline and 7+ years engineering with significant time spent in a manufacturing environment

• Demonstrated technical leadership

• Proven ability to work and communicate across cultural barriers Preferred Experience

• Experience in professional workforce development


Required Technical Skills:


• Basic engineering knowledge of principles on which OCS cable manufacturing processes are based, such as materials, polymers, basic chemistry, mechanics, transfer phenomena, etc.

• Experience in 6 Sigma problem solving methodologies such as DMAIC or DESGN.

• Understanding and application of manufacturing process control and process discipline

• Statistical skills related to experimental design, process control, process capability studies and hypothesis testing


Preferred Technical Skills


• Expertise in one or more manufacturing processes in the optical fiber industry

• Experience using statistical software is preferred

• Broad understanding and exposure to professional training programs, especially technical content

• Experience using scientific problem-solving methodologies


Essential Non-Technical Skills:


• Ability to influence others to meet goals and objectives

• Recognize and foresee training and skills gaps based on business needs and organizational strategy

• Support projects – serve as a technical SME or facilitator as needed

• Network – leverage expertise in other divisions and organizations within Corning

• Strong communication skills – communicate technical or nontechnical information to larger groups


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