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Date: Apr 6, 2019

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405

Company: Corning

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 Technology Deployment and Synchronization Department within the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group (AMT) and is focused on equipment design, industrialization, deployment, and commissioning.
  • As a member of a project team, provides technical input in the design, build, installation and commissioning of Corning Optical Communications manufacturing systems.
  • 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.
  • Will be a 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.
  • Work with equipment vendors on build and acceptance of equipment.
  • Perform troubleshooting, process start-up, design, and documentation of new or modified production equipment.
  • 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.
  • Interface with various departments to ensure efficient use and operation of equipment.
  • Create and modify existing documentation to complete drawing packages, installation checklists, machine part lists, illustrations, and machine specs of production equipment.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop understanding of process and equipment functions in project subject area.
  • Assist with industrialization of manufacturing platforms (platform = process + equipment) for revolutionary manufacturing systems. Update design of manufacturing platforms to resolve safety, performance, and quality issues. Emphasize reducing either the as-installed or long-term operational costs.
  • Re-design piping/mechanical systems to reduce installation cost, solve equipment interferences, and correct inadequate designs.
  • Be a member of a project team and lead individual workstreams.
  • Procure and expedite materials for new or modified equipment installation.
  • Specify or recommend vendors, and maintain close liaison between vendor and plant.
  • Prepare work orders and direct maintenance personnel and outside contract trades in the fabrication, assembly, testing, and installation of equipment.
  • Direct initial equipment set-up and debug up to the point of turnover to operations.
  • Develop and use mechanical, electrical and process start-up and debug checklists, drawings, and process equipment documentation. May direct contract technicians to create or modify the same.
  • Provide troubleshooting support 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, and Hickory) 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 is nearly full-time. Deployment phases typically range from 3-9 months, but can extend to 1+ years.


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • 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:

  • Engineering Technology (minimum Associates Degree), with 3-10+ years manufacturing experience working with process and automation equipment.
  • Strong practical hands-on mechanical aptitude (All positions require time on the floor working on equipment.)
  • Electro-mechanical troubleshooting, proficient with pneumatic and electrical schematics
  • Process variable understanding: flow, temperature, rate, pressure, level.
  • Thorough understanding of mechanical drive trains, electrical and pneumatic actuators.
  • Familiar with process piping system design, including P&IDs.


Desired Skills:

  • Experience working in a manufacturing floor or construction environment, with a strong focus on job site safety. Proactive regarding safety. Seeks to identify and correct potential safety or environmental issues before they occur.
  • Familiarity with installation and operation of core manufacturing equipment.
  • Knowledge of core manufacturing processes.
  • Displays a bias for action in situations of uncertainty, addresses issues and problems proactively.
  • Determines and recommends best solution from a series of alternatives within plant guidelines.
  • Works well in a team environment, is a “self-starter” and “results oriented”.
  • Thoroughly carries out assignments to completion.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in an organized manner.
  • Presentation skills highly desirable. Communicates effectively in various settings to provide and present necessary information to Project, Department, and Site leaders.
  • AutoCAD® 2018, Inventor 2018, Windows 10, MS Office (Power Point, Excel, Word), PC based systems, Pneumatic systems and schematics, Motion Control systems, Automated equipment systems, Personal Protective Equipment


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