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Sr Process Development Engineer

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Date: Jun 16, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 53622


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.



The successful candidate will be responsible for development of new processes and products using extrusion techniques.  Candidate is expected to apply expertise in engineering to support new product and process development activities.  Specific knowledge of fiber optic cable processes and/or polymeric materials would be helpful, although not required. 

Day to Day Responsibilities:
• Participate in project teams, developing new products and processes

• Create new intellectual property for Corning
• Conduct research, propose experiments and analyze data to test hypotheses to enhance understanding of products and processes and to provide Corning with inventive solutions toward new development efforts
• Identify and investigate new processing techniques to develop innovative cable designs.

• Guide development technicians in the day to day activities needed to achieve milestones.

• Balance hands-on work related activities with technical leadership related activities
• Collaborate with research and manufacturing functions throughout product development cycle
• Guide test technicians to develop new test methods to simulate customer application spaces.
• Communicate and document results in technical reports and presentations
• Maintain strong interaction with process development personnel located in US, Germany and Poland
• Assist and/or lead product development projects (globally) to accomplish design and cost reduction goals
• Interface with suppliers and procurement to develop state of the art equipment and processes with both existing and new polymeric materials. 


Education & Experience: 

  • MS in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical Engineering or equivalent degree
  • PhD is desirable
  • 5-10 years’ professional experience with extrusion


Required Skills:

  • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments in a team-based environment with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem solver utilizing engineering principles and structured techniques.
  • Demonstrated, applied mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to share and clearly express technical ideas.
  • Solid written and verbal skills, with experience with Microsoft Office tools


Desied Skills:


  • Experience in computer aided design for mechanical drawings
  • Continuous process design and development experience
  • Experience in polymer extrusion
  • Capable of performing complex data analysis using MS excel (SPC), or statistical software such as JMP or Minitab.
  • Experience with rigorous project management
  • Demonstrated use of process modeling or simulation software in the development of new processes


Soft Skills:

  • Positive attitude
  • Good communication/presentation skills at multiple levels including teams/management/customers
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a global work environment
  • Good facilitation and collaboration skills
  • A bias towards action:  Personal initiative, results-driven and details-oriented
  • Good interpersonal and relationship building skills


This role does not support immigration sponsorship. 


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