Optical Systems Engineer

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Date: Jun 25, 2024

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 63811


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.


We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.


Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

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 is an individual position that requires strong technical curiosity across many technologies, a desire for technical leadership, and the ability to learn and share with others. This position provides measurement solutions and support in a 24/7 manufacturing facility in Corning’s Optical Communications business to deliver best in class optical fiber to our customers. Supports drive to fundamental process understanding and lowest cost producer objectives. Supports the development and execution of plans to evaluate new technology or improvements in existing technology resulting in a superior product in terms of quality and/or cost.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Provide engineering-level production support to optical measurement equipment throughout the facility.
  • Solve process issues through data analysis, experimentation, and collaboration with subject matter experts.
  • Provide engineering expertise for fundamental understanding of manufacturing issues.
  • Lead and/or provide support for projects involving cost reduction, process optimization, and new products/processes.
  • Understand process quality architecture internal/external risks.
  • Provide trend analysis of key metrics and implement response plans.
  • Actively engage in plant safety initiatives and projects.
  • Recommend/implement improvements to processes and equipment.
  • Identify chronic issues and recommend corrective actions.
  • Provide leadership or support for startup of new equipment lines.
  • Develop and update engineering and operations documentation.
  • Provide training for operations workforce regarding equipment or operations changes.
  • Design experiments and analyze data to identify and implement improvements to the measurement systems or production process.
  • Serve as project lead and/or technical team member on equipment deployment/development projects.
  • Assure quality and repeatability of processes and products.


Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 5%.


Hours of work/work schedule/flextime:

  • 40+ hours/week.
  • Off-hours support scheduled on a rotating basis with team.
  • Occasional unscheduled off-hours support driven by plant operational priorities.


Required Education:

  • BS in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics.


Required Years and Area of Experience:

  • 2-5+ years’ work experience in systems development, optical test equipment and/or manufacturing.


Required Skills:

  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of basic optics and optical systems.
  • Knowledge of basic electrical systems.
  • Ability to learn new technology and processes quickly.
  • Ability to work in technical project teams in leadership and team member roles.
  • Able to make sound decisions by blending analytical thinking with practical judgment.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work on an independent basis in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively on all levels of an organization.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Data retrieval, plotting and analysis.


Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of optical test and measurement techniques and equipment.
  • Experience with set up and alignment of optical systems.
  • Experience with computer-based measurement or automation equipment setup and support.
  • Experience with Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility (GR&R), Measurement System Analysis (MSA), and Measurement Uncertainty Analysis.
  • Experience with optical manufacturing, including assembly process & device testing.
  • Experience in manufacturing environment.
  • Working knowledge of Matlab, Minitab, or other mathematical/statistical analysis tools.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or DMAIC project experience.


Soft Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong initiative.
  • Accountable for actions/behaviors.
  • Ability to work within a team environment (strong team player).
  • Proven self-starter - able to effectively manage high levels of uncertainty and change.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Customer focused.
  • Organized, can multi-task.

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.  

The range for this position is  $89,634.00   -  $123,247.00 assuming full time status. Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position are dependent on hours worked and may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.


​Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


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. To request an accommodation, please contact us at accommodations@corning.com.

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington

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