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Plastic Engineer Co-Op (3-6months)

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Date: Nov 4, 2021

Location: Kennebunk, ME, US, 04043 Durham, NC, US, 27712

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 49687


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.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.

We are seeking 4 Co-Ops for Kennebunk ME (2) and Durham NC (2)

Duration: 3-6 Months / Beginning in May 2022


Scope of Position:

In this Co-Op role, you will provide plastic engineering expertise to help support Corning Life Sciences INVENT, MAKE and SELL approach to delight our customers, with the opportunity to directly contribute and learn in the INVENT and MAKE portion of our life-changing products. The role will focus on experience in an innovative manufacturing environment, molding process engineering, tool design engineering, materials, and research and development. For the right candidate, the position could be structured as a multi-year/multi-discipline program.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Work and learn as part of the Manufacturing Engineering Team
  • Variety of projects to include:
    • New capacity – process development & validations
    • Existing capacity – cross-validations and cycle time optimization to improve machine utilization & flexibility
    • Alternate Resins qualification
    • Quality defect resolution through rigorous problem-solving methodologies (first principles understanding)
    • Statistical Analysis support and validation documentation (IQ/OQ/PQ)
    • New equipment/mold specification and documentation



  • Hiring for various locations:  Kennebunk, ME; Durham, NC


Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 10%


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • Monday – Friday, standard business hours.
  • Program is 3-6 months and will begin in May


Required Education:

  • Junior, Senior or Master’s level in an undergraduate and graduate program in a Plastics Engineering major.
  • Currently enrolled in an engineering degree program in good academic standing with at least one semester of core engineering course work completed.
  • GPA > 3.0


Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing systems and experience with data analysis (i.e. Microsoft Excel, SPC rules)
  • Knowledge of CAD programs (SolidWorks preferred)
  • Strong computer skills; proficient with Microsoft applications
  • Strong desire to learn and engage with all levels


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Prior co-op and internship experience
  • Process engineering skills (coursework in engineering (plastics), statistics, or other statistical training).
  • Technical writing with the ability to deliver technical presentations to operators, engineers, and managers.
  • We are seeking someone who is innovative and technically curious.
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Results-oriented with a high commitment level.


Soft Skills:

  • Ability to handle multiple projects/tasks.
  • Motivated, self-starter with an independent learning style.
  • Effective communication & presentation skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to work on a diverse project team.
  • Able to build new business relationships with the team.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other legally protected status.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Maine