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Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Newton, NC, US, 28658

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57688


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.

Controls Technician


Scope of Position: 

Supports the design and implementation of controls-based solutions for novel future processing equipment, specifically fiber making and cable process equipment, in the optical waveguide and cabling manufacturing processes. These controls solutions will enable manufacturing systems to deliver and transform raw materials to product, convey ware between discrete processing steps, and/or measure and characterize ware created and/or processed by these novel manufacturing methods.  


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Integrate field devices for flow control, handling and metering, motion control, temperature control, and associated safety systems based on the system design package enabling a fully functional equipment platform.
  • Work closely with controls engineers to implement control sequence logic (both time-based and event-based), fail-safe states, and process /equipment recovery sequences.
  • Implement specified field devices to accomplish desired process / equipment functions, and compatible / compliant with site standards.
  • Accurately estimate timeframe to complete assigned project work once scope of work is adequately defined and then complete work to agreed-to timeline.
  • Participate in engineering project teams that are responsible to deliver robust, cost effective automation and process machine systems to Corning’s manufacturing plants and processes.
  • Work with teams to support the solving of difficult automation problems, resolution of project related issues, and development of technical / process requirements critical to system success.
  • Drive the deployment of defined control architectures, control system standards, and system integration that will satisfy process and manufacturing requirements.
  • Interface with external system integrators and machine builders to enable project deliverables.
  • Actively participate in project fabrication, off-line integration and testing, drawings and documentation, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel, and technology transfer.
  • Report to project leader on assigned project activities on a pre-determined basis.      



• Two-year technical degree  


Required Years and Area of Experience: 

• 3+ years equipment/controls experience  


Required Skills:

  • Experience integrating field devices for flow control, material handling and metering, motion control, temperature control, and associated safety systems into an overall controls package enabling a fully functional equipment platform.
  • Experience with PID control loop tuning and techniques.
  • Experience working closely with IT & process engineers to implement control sequence logic (both time-based and event-based), fail-safe states and process / equipment recovery sequences.
  • Experience with graphical user interface and human machine interface.
  • Experience working within engineering project teams.
  • Accurately estimates timeframe to complete assigned project work, once scope of work is adequately defined, then completes work to agreed-to timeline.
  • Understanding of electrical design practices, machine / motion control systems, electro-mechanical systems, robotics, programming, and system integration.
  • Demonstrated ability to support the development and delivery of fully integrated machine and motion control, automation, and process machine systems and solutions within a manufacturing environment.
  • Familiar with state-of-the-art technologies in the following areas: control systems integration, controls architectures, PLC’s, motion control systems, electro-mechanical drive systems, robotics, part sensing, vision, risk assessment, and safety systems.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment and lead or participate on a highly matrixed team.
  • Possesses an understanding of general mechanics and ability to apply that understanding during troubleshooting and system implementation.
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Highly motivated, results oriented, customer focused, with a high commitment level. Must be able to program in ladder logic or equivalent.
  • Experienced in the checkout and verification of electrical control panels.  


Desired Skills:

  • Experience preferred with Allen-Bradley, Beckhoff, LabVIEW, Safety PLCs, iFIX SCADA.
  • Manufacturing experience and ability to work in a manufacturing environment. Computer vision system experience.
  • Experience with programming manufacturing systems using higher level programming languages:  C++ or C#  VB or VB.Net
  • Robot programming skills.
  • Sound knowledge of the rules and regulation relating to implementation and best practices in electrical system design and implementation:

o National Electric Code

o NFPA 79 Specification

o NFPA 70e Specification

o ANSI and IEC electrical symbols

  • Grounding and shielding of electrical systems
  • Able to work with external machine builders and system integrators for build, and integration of later stages of system implementation.  


Soft Skills:

  • Works well in a team environment.
  • Acts and makes decisions in the best interest of project team.
  • Complies with all policies and procedures of project team.
  • Strong written and verbal communications and overall people skills.
  • Resolve conflicts with peers, customers, etc.  


Travel Requirements:

 • Up to 25% in North America.

• Limited international travel may be required.  


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

 • 8am - 5pm


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.

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