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Firing Process Engineer

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Date: Nov 24, 2021

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50748


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

To plan, support and lead tasks on Firing technology projects, including:

  • Develop methods and processes for the manufacturing of new products
  • Develop new manufacturing technologies and methods
  • Support project improvement initiatives, including variability reduction, defect reduction, process control improvement, 6-Sigma


Day to Day Responsibilities

Provide engineering expertise and leadership for equipment and process technologies within the Environmental Technologies Process and Product Development group. Lead firing technology and engineering project sub-teams.


Responsibilities include:

  • Plan, organize and execute workstreams on projects to deliver improvement and step change capabilities.
  • Project work scope typically includes design/development of a firing cycle, scaling into manufacturing, and acceptance into manufacturing.
  • Role includes individual contributor and project workstream leadership responsibilities.
  • Manage internal Corning and external vendor resources to complete project deliverables.
  • Apply knowledge of engineering principles and methods to resolve challenges.
  • Support development and execution of firing technology strategy, roadmap, and project portfolio.
  • Support problem-solving, including root cause identification and resolution.
  • Apply process engineering knowledge, skills, and experience from concept through delivery of process and equipment at manufacturing locations.



Developing new product firing manufacturing processes, equipment, and methods. Developing methods and processes for the manufacturing of new products. Developing methods and processes to improve quality, cost, and efficiency of fired part attributes. Support manufacturing improvements, variability reduction, defect reduction, process control, capacity, and 6-Sigma.


Role within Group

  • Provide project workstream leadership, technical and process engineering skills to meet department goals and objectives
  • Member of Process and Product Development Firing group
  • Work with and facilitate alignment between manufacturing, development, materials engineering, and upstream process experts to deliver step change and improvement of firing technology capabilities


Travel Requirements

  • Some travel should be expected, dependent on project assignments. International travel is possible. Typical travel requirement is 15% or less.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time

  • Typically, 8 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday, some flex time is possible to support project assignments.


Required Education/Required Years and Area of Experience

  • BS or MS in an engineering discipline (ceramic, chemical, materials or mechanical preferred).
  • Experience in manufacturing, engineering, or development.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential on project teams responsible for implementation of new processes or equipment into manufacturing.


Required Skills

  • Technical competence in chemical, ceramic, or process engineering.
  • Aptitude for successfully developing and delivering technical projects to manufacturing.
  • Aptitude for ceramics processing technologies.
  • Project leadership aptitude, including ability to achieve results through matrix organization or team.
  • Achieve results through application of rigorous project management methods, such as 6-Sigma.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at technical problem-solving and decision-making.


Desired Skills

  • Demonstrated results developing and delivering step change innovations to manufacturing.
  • Skills and experience with statistical process control and Design of Experiment methods.
  • Experience with application of 6-Sigma methods.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in process improvement, measurement, characterization, or ceramics processing.


Soft Skills

  • Self-starter, able to function with a high level of independence.
  • Communicates effectively in writing and in a group setting.
  • Interpersonal skills - open, engaging, enables others.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Ability to perform in team or matrix environment.


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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