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Sr. Controls Engineer

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Date: Sep 25, 2022

Location: Winston-Salem, NC, US, 31520

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57268


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:

Serve as an electrical controls resource for process improvement, cost reduction and capital expansion projects. Manage electrical and controls scope of assigned projects. Lead/participate in project teams and support daily manufacturing operations by providing technical support to plant’s various control systems.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Provide electrical and controls engineering and equipment technical expertise in fiber optic cable manufacturing in support of production, maintenance, continuous improvement, cost reduction, and productivity improvement.

• Internal subject matter expert in control systems (PLC, HMI, Drives etc.,), system integration, sensors and electro-mechanical devices.

• Provide technical support when maintenance requirements exceed electrical associate capabilities.

• Develop fundamental understanding of critical process and technical requirements, identify areas of technical risk in assigned projects, conduct prototype / feasibility testing to verify concept, and define and document system design specifications.

• Develop control architectures, control functional specification, and system integration requirements that will satisfy process and manufacturing requirements.

• Actively participate / direct all phases of the project including design, fabrication, off-line integration and testing, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel and technology transfer

• Recommend and implement long term solutions to recurring equipment performance issues. Provide inputs to capital and facilities plans for equipment upgrade or maintenance cycles.

• Be responsible for the plant controls strategy and establishing and maintaining the plant standards.

• Support process projects and data system projects by interfacing with operators and production team leaders to monitor and correct process fluctuations and equipment issues

• Conduct equipment qualifications and initial training of new personnel

• Owner of OSI PI configuration, implementation and MES.

• Support plant initiatives, and Operations on OEE, SPC, SQC and ISO

• Provide timely and efficient engineering support to meet or exceed the requirements of internal and external customers. • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments, in a team-based  environment, with minimal supervision


Travel Requirements:

• Less than 10 percent


Hours of work:

• Typically, 8AM-5PM M-F, but some off hours support will periodically be required to support 24/7 manufacturing operation.


Required Education:

• Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering


Required Years and Area of Experience:

• 7+ years of relevant work experience.


Required Skills:

• Experience in programming PLC (AB RSLogix, Controllogix, Siemens S7 and G&L)

• Able to design, configure, and implement HMI programming

• Ability to program in ladder logic

• Strong fundamental understanding of electrical design practices, control systems integration, controls architectures, PLC’s, electro-mechanical drive systems, vision system, risk assessment and safety systems

• Understanding and updating electrical schematics and prints will be a required capability for projects that support plant systems

• Experience with the implementation and functions of PID Controls and control loop tuning

• Experienced in the checkout and verification of electrical control panels

• Well versed in the rules and regulation relating to implementation and best practices in electrical system design and implementation.

• Capable of generating process improvement ideas and solutions independently and within teams.


Desired Skills:

• Knowledge of cable manufacturing process and equipment

• Manufacturing experience and ability to work in a manufacturing environment

• Machine vision system experience

• Knowledge of MES systems, VB.NET and PI is a plus

• Project Management skills


Soft Skills:

• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

• Interpersonal skills – engaging, enabling, open

• Strong organizational skills

• Ability to work in a team-based environment

• Energetic, effective under pressure, and can respond positively to criticism

• Highly motivated, results oriented, customer focused, with a high commitment level

• Sound problem solving and decision-making processes and 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.

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