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Diamond Turning Engineer - Keene, NH

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Date: Oct 1, 2021

Location: Keene, NH, US, 03431

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 43936


Corning, Inc. is a premier U.S. supplier of advanced optical solutions and components for the aerospace and defense industry!


Corning Advanced Optics is a global leader in providing cutting-edge material and optical solutions that serve a variety of commercial sectors. We have a long history in producing Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) systems and have one of the world’s largest diamond turning manufacturing operations located in Keene, New Hampshire.


Corning’s unmatched expertise in specialty glass and optical physics results in a diverse set of products. From design through manufacturing, Corning uses its experience in single point diamond turning, precision machining, and thin film coating technology to produce integrated advanced multi and hyperspectral sensor systems and opto-mechanical assemblies. The intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) market segment is a primary area of focus.


Scope of Position:

  • Support early stage manufacturing (both process and equipment) for diamond machined optical components involving high precision electro-optical assemblies and components.
  • Setup machines and manufacture high precision optical components.
  • Provide recommendations to those creating routers, defining the manufacturing process for precision housings, lenses, mirrors and/or assemblies.
  • Interpret customer quality requirements and collect necessary data during the manufacturing process
  • Support or lead continuous improvement activities, new product or process introductions, and cost reduction projects using lean six sigma practices
  • Work with team members to tackle technical engineering related problems

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provide problem solving support for process and equipment to production operations for precision optical components. Solve material, identify root causes, and implement corrective action.
  • Train and mentor operations personnel on equipment and processes
  • Use meticulous processes and technical knowledge to build detailed understanding for key process steps and document through the creation of SOPs, job aids, and documentation.
  • Assure safety of operators and equipment and follow safety and environmental regulations
  • Function as a team member and/or team leader on focused projects
  • Implement and document material, process, and equipment changes
  • Use statistical tools in process problem solving and process improvement
  • Assure quality and repeatability of processes and products
  • Support new product introductions through equipment upgrades, process validation, documentation, and training.
  • Support the estimating process.

Hours of work:

  • 40 hrs. M-F, business hours; flexible hours may be required to support off-hours experimentation/operations on weekends and evenings

Required Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Materials, Mechanical, Optical, Industrial or Equivalent)
  • 7+ years of hands-on manufacturing experience with diamond machined and/or polished optics
  • Strong technical fundamentals with process engineering skills
  • Able to handle multiple complex tasks and set priorities. Able to collaborate across organizational boundaries and integrate solutions
  • Leadership to encourage teamwork and accomplish goals
  • Able to communicate and present results to both internal and external customers
  • Creative, innovative problem solving, strong data analysis, and interpretation skills
  • Basic knowledge of Six Sigma (DMAIC) methodology

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of reflective and refractive optics and their manufacture
  • Multi-axis, precision machine tool knowledge and programming skills
  • Six Sigma Green Belt trained, preferred
  • Process development
  • SolidWorks, Code V or Zemax basic knowledge

Soft Skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Personal initiative, commitment, desire to learn, organized with planning and time management skills
  • Ability to build relationships within groups; team building skills
  • Positive attitude, flexible and good work ethic


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Corning offers a competitive salary, vacation, pension, and family medical leave.


Are you ready to start a career with Corning, Inc.? Apply today!


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Nearest Major Market: Bellows Falls
Nearest Secondary Market: Keene