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Sr. Equipment Engineer

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Date: Jul 17, 2019

Location: Suzhou, China, CN

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 35289


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.


Purpose of the Position:

  • Scope out, conceptualize, source, assess, customize, install and start-up finishing manufacturing processes on commercially available technology, equipment and automation

  • Develop customized process equipment, automation and modifications / improvements with strong fundamental understanding built on scientific principles

  • Ensure industry-leading equipment and automation that provides manufacturing with sustainable advantage over the competition

  • Build critical mass and bench strength in equipment, automation and process understanding necessary to sustain world-class finishing manufacturing operation


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Perform equipment engineering and automate manual process + handling in project teams of mixed disciplines

  • Collect requirements to develop scope of work, ideas, concepts, spec’s & RFQ

  • Design manufacturing equipment layout, fixtures, jigs, carts and manual assists (generic and customized solutions)

  • Engineer and improve production equipment for safety, quality, reliability, capacity, efficiency, flexibility, ergonomics, maintenance and ROIC

  • Identify low-hanging fruits, prioritize opportunities, capture quick wins and highlight remaining gaps to fill

  • Review concepts, designs & drawings for safety, interference, ease of fabrication, manufacturing effectiveness, feasibility, practicality and code compliance

  • Design & run experiments/tests/trials, checkout and analyze data to recommend, verify and optimize equipment / automation for manufacturing performance excellence

  • Source, customize and integrate off-the-shelf components, commercially-available machinery, solutions and standard systems into turn-key intelligent manufacturing lines through team collaboration

  • Automate manual material handling and/or processes with robots, conveyors, AGV’s, cassettes and etc.

  • Leverage vendors in fabrication, installation and replication of prototype, pilot or production equipment

  • Plan, coordinate and execute site preparation, equipment move-in, installation, hook-up, power-on, check-out, testing and start-up

  • Communicate ideas, plans, project status & opinions effectively in written format and via oral presentations with clear illustrations and drawings; utilize suitable media / communication channels and harness multiple media to communicate to different stakeholders effectively

  • Document meetings, design reviews, site activities, progress, results, assignments, technical understanding, vendor assessment, equipment check-out, on-site installations, engineering changes, performance improvements, innovations and intellectual assets

  • Contribute and facilitate decision-making and influence decision-makers, stakeholders and peers using suitable methodology, data, illustration and tools

  • Share experience & lessons learned, cross-train, coach, guide, develop and support peers.


Education & Experience  

  • BS/MS/PhD majoring in Mechanical, Aerospace, Naval Engineering, Engineering Physics or related fields
  • ≥ 5 years of solid experience in equipment design, mechanical engineering & analysis and/or related fields
  • Experience working on process equipment or automation for glass finishing and/or automotive subcomponent manufacturing a plus
    • Exposure to APQP, PPAP, IATF 16949 or Automotive Safety Testing a plus
  • Experience of living, studying, working or extended traveling outside of home country or dealing with foreigners is a plus
  • Extensive working experience in multi-national corporations is a plus
  • Diversity of experience or background is an asset






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