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Electrical Controls Engineer

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Date: Nov 16, 2021

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405 Concord, NC, US, 28026

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50474


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: This position is in the Fiber Capital Programs (FCP) Department within the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group (AMT) and is focused on equipment design, development, industrialization, deployment, and commissioning. As a member of a project team, provides Electrical Engineering leadership in the design/development, build, installation and commissioning of Corning Optical Communications manufacturing systems. Provides discipline leadership in the construction, test, installation, and debug of equipment systems at both domestic and international manufacturing sites. May, also, provide assistance in developing integrated industrial control systems for new manufacturing equipment and modification of existing equipment. May also work with equipment vendors on the build and acceptance of equipment. Will be a key member of a project team responsible for deploying manufacturing equipment to fiber and cable plants through-out North Carolina (US) and in China, India, and Europe. Deployment to these sites is likely. Supervise and provide direction to contract engineering techs, internal maintenance, and outside contract trades during all aspects of equipment installation and conversion such as demolition, construction, installation, testing, and debug of production equipment. Will work closely with the Technology Development, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations groups to industrialize and reduce cost of new equipment designs. Assess condition and usability of existing equipment for fit and function with new installation plans. Work with equipment vendors on build and acceptance of equipment. Create new and modify existing PLC code to achieve desired operation/throughput of new and existing production equipment. Perform troubleshooting, process start-up, design, and documentation of Mechanical and Electrical Systems for new or modified production equipment. Create and modify existing documentation to complete drawing packages, installation checklists, machine part lists, illustrations, and machine specs of production equipment.


Major Responsibilities:

  • The successful candidate will learn & understand process & equipment functions in area of responsibility.
  • Responsible for understanding the system analog and digital I/O requirements, control sequence logic, fail safe states and recovery sequences.
  • Interface with external system integrators and machine builders to successfully deliver fully integrated process equipment systems to Corning’s plants on-time, on-budget, and that satisfy performance measures.
  • Direct initial equipment set-up and debug up to the point of turnover to operations.
  • Develops and uses 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.
  • Develop detailed process equipment installation plans and supervise contract trades groups on the installation of this equipment.
  • Develop and use mechanical and electrical start-up/debug checklists, drawings, and process equipment documentation (and/or direct technicians to create or modify the same).
  • Provide troubleshooting support for equipment and process issues during equipment installation and start-up phases, identify root cause and implement corrective actions.
  • Provide training to plant engineers, technicians, maintenance, and operations personnel on the manufacturing platform as part of the turnover to operations.


Travel Requirements: Travel will be required to Corning Optical Fiber and Cable Manufacturing sites in North Carolina (Concord, Winston-Salem, Hickory, Newton, and Wilmington) and overseas sites in India, China, and Europe. Typical travel can range from a few days to a few weeks during the project initiation phase. During the deployment phase of the project, travel may be full-time. Design, Development and/or Deployment phases typically range from 3-9 months but can extend to 1+ years. All travel costs are covered by Corning, including per diem for long term travel.  Can be based in either Wilmington, NC or Concord, NC when not traveling. 


Hours of work/work schedule/flextime: 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.


Job Knowledge and Educational Level:

  • BS Electrical Engineering with minimum 3-5+ years manufacturing experience working with process and automation equipment or M.S Electrical Engineering degree with applicable co-op and/or internship experience.
  • Equipment or software experience preferred: AutoCAD®, AutoCAD Electrical, Windows, MS Office suite including Power Point, Excel, Word. PLC and PC based systems, Beckhoff PLC / Motion Control, B&R PLC Control, A-B PLC / Motion Control, Automated equipment systems experience. 
  • Personnel Directed by this Position: Supervise and provide direction to direct and contract engineering, direct and contract techs, internal maintenance, and outside contract trades. Project management experience, including developing project scope, budgets and schedules.
  • Knowledge of regulations applicable to area of expertise and works to ensure compliance (NEC, NFPA70, OSHA, etc.).
  • Incorporates safety and risk analysis into equipment designs.


Desired Skills:

  • Experience working in a manufacturing floor or construction environment, with a strong focus on job site safety and proactive safety approach. 
  • Seeks to identify and correct potential safety or environmental issues before incidents occur.
  • Familiarity with installation and operation of manufacturing equipment. Knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • Displays a bias for action in situations of uncertainty, addresses issues and problems proactively.
  • Translates engineering solutions to requirements, then further to process and/or equipment designs which deliver required performance criteria.
  • Determines and recommends best solution from a series of alternatives within plant guidelines.
  • Thoroughly carries out assignments to completion.
  • Works well in a team environment, is a “self-starter” and “results oriented”.
  • Presentation skills highly desirable.
  • Communicates effectively in various settings to provide and present necessary information to Project, Department, and Site leaders.
  • Assures quality and repeatability of processes and products.
  • Able to function in either discipline engineer or multi-disciplined leadership role as defined by project assignment.
  • Works well with other disciplines (IT, Mechanical, and process engineering) to fully understand manufacturing system functionality and design requirements.


This role 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.

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington