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Development Technician

Date: Jun 17, 2019

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28406

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 35599


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.

Scope of Position: Development Technician in Research and Development organization to support the design, build, debug and industrialization of advanced manufacturing technology.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Work with engineers to design, develop and build manufacturing equipment systems.
  • May design and develop new equipment components or systems.
  • May operate measurement devices and collect data to support product or process understanding.
  • Create & update documents such as machine specs, drawings, Standard Operating Procedures. • Train new hires and others on how to run a process or equipment.
  • Participate in developing a new process or machine to improve the current process.
  • Provide inputs to project plans for resource requirements, schedule, and budget.
  • Work with equipment suppliers to resolve equipment build questions and issues.
  • Serve as technical expert in specialty area.
  • Lead mechanical and electrical trades’ resources to complete installation of equipment
  • Coordinates safe work practices (tool box talks, SWMS, etc.)
  • Support troubleshooting of prototype equipment systems


Travel Requirements: • 10% or less


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • 40 hours/week
  • Standard work hours are M-F 8:00-5:00, however, overtime or shifted work hours is not uncommon and is indeed expected at times.
  • The amount and duration will vary as a function of the job position, particular project, and point in the project life cycle.


Required Education:

  • Associates Degree in technical field or strong Math/Science background and experience.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Other technician and/or operator roles that lead to a better understanding of the equipment & processes.
  • Reads fabrication drawings and electrical schematics.


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • At least five years experiences in a manufacturing environment a mechanical or electrical tech to support process equipment in an engineering support or maintenance role


Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to apply academic and experiential knowledge to solve problems independently
  • Has strong approach to problem solving and troubleshooting
  • CAD skills including modeling, redlining and fabrication drawings (Inventor/AutoCAD)
  • Strong safety awareness


Desired Skills:

  • Works well in a team environment, is a “self-starter” and “results oriented”.
  • Displays interest and drive to understand problems at first-principles level of understanding
  • Seeks education and mentoring in unfamiliar technologies.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrated track record in safety compliance and awareness of environmental issues.
  • Uses expertise of others to help solve problems.


Soft Skills:

  • Must be a team player, accountable, effective in time management. comfortable working with multiple work streams and large team



  • People:
    • Listening & informing
    • Patience & persistence
    • Attention to detail
    • Networking skills
    • Independence
    • Open to change (task, responsibility, project, etc.) as needs arise.
  • Business:
    • Action oriented
    • Change agent
    • Time management
  • Function/Technical:
    • Technical Curiosity
    • Safety, Health and Environmental Compliance
    • Computer Literacy
    • Process/Product Knowledge
    • Technical Writing
    • Safety, Health and Environmental Compliance
    • Computer Literacy
    • Process/Product Knowledge
    • Technical Writing


Please note that 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, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington