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Sr. Equipment Engineer

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Date: Jun 29, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 51623


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.



Scope of Position:

Responsible for the mechanical design, build and commissioning of complex process automation equipment. Lead small cross functional teams during the development of automated machine solutions. Deliver equipment into global manufacturing locations.


Day to Day Responsibilities:


  • Be an advocate and role model for safety across all interactions within Corning. Ensure all work is performed in a safe manner and environment. Responsible for his/her safety, as well as that of others that may be at the facility, whether working or visiting.
  • Define new automation designs that enable lowest cost manufacturing strategies for Corning optical communications
  • Document and apply fundamental understanding as a critical precursor for robust automation process equipment design
  • Maintain knowledge of the newest technology developments within the manufacturing equipment and automation industry, while supporting the consistent application of new technology and best practices
  • Collaborate with advanced research & development, division engineering and manufacturing teams during the design of new equipment solutions, new product introductions, process improvements, and raw material changes
  • Lead small automation work streams including electrical, mechanical, controls and processing engineering resources
  • Author record of inventions for all novel designs, following Corning's Intellectual Property management process
  • Collaborate with outside suppliers on specifying and procuring various equipment, automation systems and machine components to support projects
  • Provide detail project results through periodic internal reports and presentations for review by peers, customers, and managers
  • Lead resolution of complex equipment-related design or manufacturing issues impacting quality, cost, or delivery or safety


Travel Requirements:

Approximately 20%, some international


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

Normal business hours, 8-5


Required Education:

BS or MS degree in Mechanical Engineering


Required Years and Area of Experience:

5+ years of combined engineering or manufacturing experience

Minimum 5 years of product/process equipment design experience


Required Skills:

  • Expert level competence in solid works design tool
  • Ability to gather VOC requirements and perform exceptional mechanical design of automation equipment
  • Exceptional problem solving and troubleshooting skills through disciplined use of Root Cause Analysis, FMEA and DOE tools
  • Proven ability to lead complex engineering projects through successful implementations, leading technical teams through complex projects to deliver results
  • Demonstrated ability to drive creative thinking and rigorous problem-solving
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to apply geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to mechanical design
  • Strong technical writing and documentation skills for developing functional specifications, machine specifications, maintenance procedures, validation and qualification protocols.


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Contract automation or integration firms
  • Experience delivering new products or new processes into multiple manufacturing sites


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