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Equipment Process Engineer - Firing

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Date: Jan 1, 2022

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50396


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.

Corning’s Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile and stationary applications around the world.


Scope of Position:

The primary focus is to provide equipment/process engineering and operations support to the Kiln Firing Department. Lead and support daily production needs through process control, process troubleshooting, experimentation, and environmental compliance. Lead and/or participate in continuous improvement projects and systems to reduce cost, increase selects, and integrate processes into production. Provide input on firing capability for new product investigations.


Day to Day Responsibilities: Investigate and identify causes for process and equipment issues and implement appropriate and effective corrective action. Provide first level support for troubleshooting kilns and associated material handling systems. Maintain process performance and product quality through ensuring adherence to procedures and improvement of procedures. Establish and publish periodic process performance measures to reflect overall kiln performance. Provide education/training to production workers as needed in implementation of process changes as a function of ongoing efforts and project work. Provide written and verbal communication across all levels of the organization on both ongoing and project work. Propose, perform and analyze experiments in Firing to improve production performance, product quality, and kiln performance. Support Quality Systems using experiments, Change control procedures, Standard Operating Procedures, Job Aids, and other documentation and training tools. Provide technical advice (within own area of knowledge and experience) and problem solutions to others. Support off-hour / weekend operational and project requirements as needed. Projects involved with: Support and implement continuous improvement projects Capacity improvement projects Equipment modification and/or new installation Specific projects and tasks to be identified through MBO process


Travel Requirements: Minimal <5%


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: Generally Monday – Friday; 7-5 with weekend and off hours support required


Required Education and Experience:

  • BS in Chemical, Ceramics, Materials or Mechanical Engineering
  • 2+ years of relatable experience


Required Skills:

  • Technically curious
  • Rigorous attention to detail
  • Ability to deal with multiple tasks/projects, complexity and changing priorities
  • Ability to articulate concepts/ideas
  • Strong work ethic and desire to exceed expectations
  • Dedication to process rigor and organization skills
  • Data analysis & statistics – ability to draw conclusions and make technical recommendations
  • Appropriate approach to solving problems (logical, data-based, analytical approach to solving problems)
  • Sound decision-making skills
  • Team player, working with all levels of personnel
  • Leadership
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated with ability to function independently
  • Experience in problem solving and process improvement projects
  • Computer – MS products: Excel, Word, Power Point


Desired Skills:

  • Manufacturing experience
  • Process engineering experience, designed experiments, statistical skills
  • Mechanical aptitude with troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to read prints and diagrams
  • Knowledge of data analysis methods and techniques (KT, Six Sigma, Lean, PQA)
  • Computer: PI Process book, Pi Vision, JMP, MS Access
  • Firing and combustion experience; knowledge and experience in ceramic thermal processing
  • Environmental regulatory experience


Soft Skills:

  • Strong documentation and communication skills – written and verbal
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent team player; works effectively with cross functional teams
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and experience
  • Leadership (self-directed)
  • Ability to lead projects
  • Strong technical curiosity and drive


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.

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