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Sr. Prototyping Technician

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Date: Jul 28, 2022

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 54745


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: • Technician focused on designing and building prototypes for optical connectivity solutions for fiber optic networks. • Work closely with other engineers, technicians and supply chain to design and build prototypes to develop product solutions. • Collaboration with internal and external subject matter experts. • Deliver prototype design to Technology Teams for further development and testing or to manufacturing operations for higher volume production. • Create and leverage large network of suppliers, fabrication shops, contract manufacturers and Cable Assembly Houses to design, build and deliver prototypes. • Projects could support any Corning division or research and development.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with engineers, technicians, pilot lab managers, suppliers and supply chain to design, build and deliver prototypes for optical connectivity solutions for fiber optic networks.
  • Work with internal and external subject matter experts to identify key processing technologies and determine feasibility.
  • Work with engineers and global manufacturing resources to evaluate manufacturability of proposed solutions and support initial implementation of new process technologies.
  • Provide project support to evaluate process concepts through configuration and modification of lab based systems.
  • Carry out experimental or prototyping plans by setting up equipment (such as various types of measurement systems and mechanical apparatus), performing experimentation, building prototypes, collecting data, and providing test reports.
  • Capture new ideas for possible patent submission.
  • Ensure that prototyping design and data are properly documented.
  • Develop draft procedures and documentation for processes and equipment as needed.
  • Support prototype deliverable and timeline execution.
  • Integrate feedback into prototype revisions.
  • Maintain and improve a safe work environment.
  • Work with colleagues to find creative solutions to building prototypes.
  • Document time and materials spent on prototypes.


Required Skills:

  • Strong problem solver utilizing structured techniques.
  • Demonstrated, applied mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to clearly express technical ideas.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a global work environment.
  • Use of hand and electrical tools.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions.
  • Ability to work in technical project teams in a team member role.
  • Able to make sound decisions by blending analytical thinking with practical judgment.
  • General computer and networking knowledge (MS office).
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Data retrieval and management.


Desired Skills:

  • Design products or manufacturing processes using CAD (Pro Engineer a PLUS)
  • Familiar with fiber optics.
  • Fluent in foreign languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Polish
  • Experience with lab and equipment electrical controls and measurement systems (PLC, Labview, ect.)
  • Experience in manufacturing environment
  • Experience with discrete manual and/or automated processing equipment.


Soft Skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Personal initiative and commitment
  • Capable of working independently and seeking assistance and/or clarification as needed.
  • 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


Travel Requirements: • 25% on average depending on the project requirements. Includes international travel.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: • 40+ hours/week, M-F


Required Education: • Two year technical degree or military equivalent


Required Years and Area of Experience: • 1+ years of experience of in a development or experimental laboratory environment. Ideally working with electrical/mechanical assembly and testing.


This position 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