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Process Engineer Intern

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Date: Nov 21, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 59347


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. 

Corning’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve our customers, industries, and consumers. Today, we accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets. We are changing the world with: 

•    Trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives
•    Damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep us connected
•    Optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of life
•    Precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences 
•    Auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation 

Early-Stage Process Development for Automation


Scope of Position:

- Development engineering position focused on early-stage development of innovative processes for automation using new technolo

- Responsible for:

  • Technical development of new products/processes under some guidance from senior level engineers.
  • Improving processes and solving problems based on fundamental understanding gained through the use of the scientific method and DOE.
  • Reducing defects by eliminating root causes.
  • Application of DMAIC and advanced statistical tools.
  • Improving manufacturing cost, quality, uptime, yields, cycle time, and safety.
  • Evaluating new raw materials, defining process parameters, and developing new processing equipment.
  • Documenting experiment planning and process changes.
  • Projects could support any Corning division or research and development.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

- Design and develop new processes or improve existing processes with a focus on automation at Corning facilities worldwide.

- Create operational ranges for parameters defined as a result of experimental development.

- Assist in the development of project plans and execute schedules to meet promised deliverables.

- Establish process development technical guideline.

- Work with local plant process experts and global SMEs on new processes innovation.

- Solve problems and improve processes based on fundamental understanding.

- Ensure that manufacturing requirements are properly developed and documented in conjunction with appropriate manufacturing, production, and engineering personnel.

- Provide information and technical assistance to manufacturing, engineering, and production personnel as required.

- Develop documentation for each project and work with associated plant personnel to implement it.

- Structured problem-solving methods such as KT, Designed Experimentation, and Six Sigma.

- Implement Process Control and Process Discipline systems into manufacturing operations.

- Analyze process data using statistical tools (e.g. pareto, regression, time charting, analysis of variance, gauge R&R, etc.).

- Review and interpret data to make recommendations on immediate actions, long term corrective actions, follow-up experiments, etc.

- Troubleshoot equipment and processes.

- Document all new ideas for possible patent submission.

- Design and test tooling and fixtures for development of new products from prototyping to high volume production.


Required Skills:

- Pursuing Mechanical Engineering Degree or related discipline

- Proficient use of MS Office (Excel, Word, Project, PowerPoint)

- Good communication and analytical skills

- Desire to learn new technologies and apply them


Desired Skills:

- Solidworks or Creo 3D modeling

Problem solving – some level of experience in the use of DOE, SPC, Six Sigma and other process control/ analysis techniques.

- Capable of performing complex data analysis using MS excel (SPC), or Minitab software

- Some understanding of laser theory, laser platforms and laser operation (a PLUS)

- Familiar with fiber optic theory (a PLUS)

- Familiar with optics and light propagation (a PLUS)


Soft Skills:

- Strong written and oral communication skills

- Personal initiative and commitment

- Organized with good planning and time management skills

- Ability to build relationships within cross functional groups;  team building skills

- Positive attitude, flexible and good work ethic


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