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Applications Engineer-REMOTE

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Date: Aug 7, 2022

Location: Sunnyvale, CA, US, 94089

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 55234


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.

Purpose of Position

The purpose of this position is to support the growth of Corning Precision Glass Solutions in particular the Augmented Reality business through alignment of customer needs with internal capabilities while working closely with the business development/sales manager and other commercial functions. This includes supporting the execution of new business development initiatives and product line plan with operations, development, engineering, sales, and marketing organizations. The Applications Engineer also supplies the voice of the customer to the technology and development teams for new product and capability developments.  Position can be a remote based role with ideal location within driving distance to the SF Bay area near Sunnyvale, CA for client visits.  


Major Responsibilities

  • Provide technical engineering expertise, in a commercial role, of glass materials designed into the optical engine for AR/MR headsets
  • Understand key technology trends, engage with key customers in the region and build relationship with the technical community
  • Establish the interface required for existing and new growth opportunities within the above-mentioned market between Customers and Corning cross functional teams (materials manufacturing, finishing, coating, etc.); project and account managers; RD&E and international sales office representatives.
  • Prepare and provide technical presentations and responses as required. Connect technical properties to customer applications to analyze customer trends, new opportunities and recommend course of actions to enhance Corning‘s position
  • Identify new growth opportunities for existing and emerging applications and maximize profitability by understanding the value proposition, analyzing market segments, reviewing the competitive landscape, conducting product analysis, and supporting the development of tactical plans and strategies
  • Work closely with regional business development/sales manager as well as program manager and subject matter experts to support on all technical engagements with new and existing customers Day to Day Responsibilities:
  • Interface with peers in supply chain, operations, commercial technology, and sales. Provide information to these teams per internal systems
  • Assist regional business development/sales and program manager with technical aspects of customer relationships
  • Negotiate product specifications, promote standard products
  • Gain specification agreement with customers to design-in PGS products
  • Organize internal response to product quality disagreements with customers and represent the outcome to the customer
  • Publish detailed trip reports with clear actions and next steps after every customer meeting
  • Provide the customer technical interface between ARS business and assigned customers o Act as primary point of contact for customers’ technical information requests.
  • Provide technical assistance to the customers’ manufacturing and sales operations.
  • Prepare and maintain (and present as required internally and externally) technical and product related training presentations to assist customers. o Identify new product and application opportunities at customers or otherwise in the field and report back internally for assessment and development.
  • Proactively identify key decision makers/influencers with the customer organization (R&D, engineering, manufacturing) and build solid relationship


Travel Requirements: up to 50%.

International included. Travel to team members to drive work streams and customers for direct interface.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical field, Engineering degrees preferred.
  • Advanced degree preferred. Degree in Glass technology, materials science, optics, photonics preferred
  • Glass applications and/or AR/MR technology experience preferred
  • Require either 2-3 years in account management, applications engineering, or engineering role closely supporting customers or new product development
  • Direct experience in taking early-stage product through qualification and design-in process Required Skills:
  • Skills to communicate clearly in front of a large (perhaps unsympathetic) group, including explaining PGS technology and applications
  • Poise and confidence in an external situation. Ability to think extemporaneously in a stressful situation
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to solve customer problems. Ability to “think ahead”, using judgment to anticipate outcomes for different technical scenarios.
  • Ability to effectively organize, participate in and lead cross-functional and diverse teams. Ability to gain trust and cooperation from a diverse set of internal colleagues and external customers
  • Strong planning, documentation and process proclivity
  • Comfortable in a changing work environment
  • Team player with a collaborative mindset


Soft Skills

  •  Experience working with international teams – sensitive to cultural differences amongst customers and team members
  • •Establish direction and create commitment – involves others to gain commitment to overall business direction
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with internal cross-functional teams and customers Required to sign covenant not to compete.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


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


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


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