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Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56361


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.

Position Purpose:

Serve as a global process owner responsible for the alignment, performance improvement and optimization of OCS cable processes. The individual will identify and execute process improvement, small to medium size cost reductions, and capability enhancement projects in support of the process improvement roadmap. The individual will also support plant engineering and operations to deliver manufacturing improvement initiatives, including variability reduction, defect reduction, and process control improvement. He or she will review plant process changes to assess for global application and support the plant in monitoring process performance. This will be done through development of deep knowledge on why the process works, process capability, performance, and control methodology.


Responsibilities and Day to Day Activities (not limited to):

• Individual contributor, lead or team member with ownership of a part of the accomplishment within Business Unit/Area, Plant,

• Manage small - moderate scope projects with multiple variables, unclear solutions, and many stakeholders

• Coach Bands A, CC, BB, AA

• Evaluation process cost, quality, and capability alternatives, institutes continuous improvements to existing manufacturing operations through application of sound scientific methods

• Plan, organize and execute work-streams on projects to deliver process improvement and step change capabilities

• Role includes individual contributor and project work-stream leadership responsibilities\

• Work with and facilitate alignment between manufacturing, development, and upstream process experts to deliver step change and improvement of cable processes

• Manage internal Corning resources to complete project deliverables

• Apply knowledge of engineering principles and methods to resolve challenges

• Utilize statistical tools, engineering data, and DMAIC/DESGN/Lean methodologies to develop process understanding to support robust manufacturing processes.

• Support development and execution of roadmap and project portfolio

• Elaborate/propose product and process improvement qualification plans. Complete technical reports for internal publication

• Support problem-solving in manufacturing, including root cause identification and resolution

• Apply process engineering knowledge, skills and expertise from concept through delivery of process and equipment at production areas

• Works on problems where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

• Participate in solutions related to process issues and Customer Notifications

• Introduce safe and ergonomic devices and processes to enable a safe work environment

• Support the implementation of a robust Product Quality Architecture for new and existing products

• Define substitute consumables to avoid an adverse process impact

• Support Global Standardization processes/projects

• Knowledge of product application in the field to identify process improvement opportunities

• Job requires occasional travel to Corning plants for process development for new products, new operation, and process improvement projects.

• Individual must be capable of executing project assignments with minimal supervision.


Required Skills:

  •  Effective, high quality oral and written communications skills with English
  •  Bilingual (English/Spanish), English skills > 80%
  •  Strong project management skills. Detail oriented and able to perform with limited supervision
  • Good problems solving and analytical capabilities (particularly statistical analysis) through using DMIAC, KT, TRIZ…etc.
  • Good understanding of statistical analysis (histograms, regression analysis, Hypothesis Testing, DOE, standard deviation, GR&R, DOE etc.)
  • Proactive, independent, flexible, quick learner
  • Leadership potential demonstrated on project teams responsible for implementation of new processes or equipment into manufacturing.
  • Good Organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills (working knowledge and use of Microsoft Office)
  • Customer oriented; meets customer needs with quality results
  • Self-starter who can satisfy their objectives and timelines
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment and participate on a matrix project team.
  • Ability to effectively deal with certain levels of uncertainty, ambiguity, and change


Required Education:

      • Bachelor of Science in the following Engineering disciplines: Chemical, Materials, Mechanical, Electrical or Polymer/Plastics Engineering


Work Experience

      • 0 – 5+ years’ experience in plant engineering or an engineering support role to a manufacturing operation

      • Good problems solving and analytical capabilities (particularly statistical analysis) through using DMIAC, KT, TRIZ…etc.

      • Good understanding of statistical analysis (histograms, regression analysis, Hypothesis Testing, DOE, standard deviation, GR&R, DOE etc.)

      • Proactive, independent, flexible, quick learner


Travel Requirements:

• Up to % 25

• Domestically and internationally


Hours of work:

• 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


Desired Skills:

• Green Belt Certification or 6-Sigma Equivalent

• Lean Manufacturing knowledge

• Knowledge of Optical cable product and process

• Ability to engage with shop floor personnel and with plant leadership


This position does not support immigration sponorship. 



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