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Glassmaking Engineering Supervisor

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Date: Aug 6, 2022

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 55841


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.


Purpose of the Position:

To lead and/or participate on project teams to develop new manufacturing technology for the purposes of reducing cost, increasing capacity and/or improving product.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Supervise team of engineers and technicians that support Singlemode product line and Overclad equipment & processes
  • Assist with identification of cost reduction, capability, and capacity improvement efforts
  • Sponsor and lead projects target at cost reduction, new products, safety, quality, increased capacity, and other strategic initiatives
  • Coordinate Production support efforts to maximize performance (selects, utilization, output) and minimize manufacturing costs
  • Actively engage in plant safety initiatives and projects
  • Assist with adjustments to priorities as dictated by business conditions
  • Provide coaching to team members to assist with their professional development, particularly technical development through fundamental understanding (PEx, MEE, scientific method)
  • Actively work with team members to define and update career plans
  • Develop/maintain short- and long-term strategies to improve process performance, achieve cost reductions targets and maximize efficiency of support resources
  • Sponsor and lead projects target at cost reduction, new products, safety, quality, increased capacity, and other strategic initiatives
  • Track department and capital spending to ensure spending targets are not exceeded


Travel Requirements: minimal (less than 5%)

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: Monday-Friday. The position is overtime exempt. Overtime is not uncommon and is expected at times, however the amount and duration will vary as a function of business needs.


Required Education: BS or MS in Chemical, Materials, Mechanical or Electrical engineering OR degree in other Engineering discipline with demonstrated capability in working in engineering


Required Experience:

  • Leadership experience in functional or project role(s)
  • Four (4) or more years’ experience in Manufacturing and/or Engineering


Required Skills:

  • Ability to make sound technical decisions within and outside area of expertise
  • Strong communications skills and customer orientation
  • Ability to work effectively on all levels of an organization
  • Project management capability, particularly coordination of multiple, inter-related tasks
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work on an independent basis in a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of fiber optical and physical parameters including the factors that affect them
  • Use scientific method and engineering first principles to solve problems thoroughly and effectively, using well-designed and executed processes
  • Basic skills for data collection and data analysis


Desired Skills:

  • Supervisory skills, particularly in coaching technical employees
  • Six Sigma/DMAIC Greenbelt or Blackbelt certification
  • Knowledge of manufacturing cost accounting (budget tracking/spending)
  • Project management experience
  • MEE practitioner and supervisor training


Soft Skills:

  • Work well both within a multi-disciplinary team and independently with minimal oversight
  • Ability to coach and develop others
  • Strong communication and presentation skills


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, 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