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Development Engineer

Date: Jun 2, 2019

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28406

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 36449


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.


  • Design, develop, improve and industrialize manufacturing platforms (platform = process + equipment) for revolutionary manufacturing processes which yield step-change reductions in manufacturing cost and/or which enable new products with advantaged attributes.
  • Interface with stakeholders, project team and subject matter experts to understand project objectives and develop detailed design specifications
  • Supervise and/or Execute initial set-up, start-up, documentation, and debug of manufacturing processes and/or equipment and ancillary systems, then turnover to Operations and Plant Engineering.
  • Work is typically completed as a member of a technology development and/or technology deployment team chartered with improving one or more of the following: manufacturing yields (selections), process rate, machine utilization, product quality, new product quality, environmental compliance, raw material yield, and/or energy usage.



  • Develop and execute experimental plans, project plans and timelines to achieve project goals without sacrificing safety, intellectual property, or quality. Adhere to all Corporate, Business Unit, and Site guidelines for same.
  • Learn & understand process & equipment functions in area of responsibility.
  • Design, develop, and industrialize manufacturing platforms (platform = process + equipment) for revolutionary manufacturing processes. Re-design machine/process systems or sub-systems to solve safety, performance, or quality issues, or reduce either the as-installed or long-term operational costs.
  • Provide troubleshooting support to the prototype platform during development and demonstration phase.
  • Develop and use mechanical, chemical, and electrical start-up/debug checklists, schedules, drawings, and process equipment documentation (and or direct technicians to create and/or modify the same).
  • Direct initial equipment set-up and debug up to the point of turnover to operations.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: The position is overtime exempt. Overtime is not uncommon and is indeed expected at times, however the amount and duration will vary as a function of the job position, particular project, and point in the project life cycle.


Education & Experience Minimum BS or MS in Chemical, Ceramic, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or Materials Science, with 3-7 years engineering experience, including process engineering experience.


Required Skills

  • Data collection, analysis, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-discipline team environment
  • Ability to effectively interact & communicate with all levels of the organization & across organizational boundaries.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple activities & work independently
  • Thoroughly carry assignments to completion.


Desired Skills

  • Display a bias for action in situations of uncertainty, with pro-active attention to issues and problems,
  • Use scientific method and engineering principles to solve problems thoroughly and effectively, using well-designed and executed process experiments.
  • Drive for root cause fundamental understanding and permanent solutions.
  • Translate engineering solutions to requirements, then further to process and/or equipment designs which deliver all required and promised performance criteria.
  • Effectively use relevant measured and/or modeled data to drive decisions and actions.
  • Determine and recommend best solution from a series of alternatives within plant guidelines.


Travel Requirements: (National/International; 0-100%); Up to 50%

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington