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Job Description

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in speciality 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:

Equipment Development and Design Engineer responsible for working within teams to design new process equipment and/or machines for improved manufacturing capability for new or existing products or reduced cost of optical fiber. Scope May include the following:

  • receiving process or equipment requirements from R&D and developing new equipment capability from concept to prototype to manufacturing demonstration.
  • adapting existing manufacturing equipment to; improve manufacturing capability, enable use for new or alternate products, and/or scale-up for increased manufacturing capacity or lower cost.
  • Expectation is to utilize fundamental machine design principles and define and execute testing protocols or experiments to validate equipment capability.
  • Expectation to further engage corporate scientists and engineering resources for modeling and equipment testing to guide and validate designs, Product and Quality Engineering for process and machine qualification, and Manufacturing groups to ensure requirements of safety, operations, and maintenance are met.
  • Team work to accomplish objectives can be either via functional or matrix leadership.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Use established processes to identify concepts for manufacturing equipment; and design, build and test selected concepts as an individual and in teams, and utilize risk management tools to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Designing and executing equipment validation test in a manufacturing plant; analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations
  • Collaborating with other equipment/machine design experts in other organizations
  • Participating on cross functional teams
  • Communicating and documenting results
  • Cost of manufacturability analysis


Travel Requirements:

Some possible


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

40+ hours per week, primarily 8AM to 5PM schedule with flexibility based upon personal preference and project need.  The position is overtime exempt.  Overtime is not uncommon and is indeed expected at times, however the amount and duration will vary as a function of the job position, particular project, and point in the project life cycle.


Assignment Location

The work location for this assignment will be in Wilmington for a minimum of 2 years, after which relocation to a development engineering position located in Corning NY is anticipated.


Required Skills (These are skills that candidates MUST possess)

  • Working knowledge of physical phenomena (static and dynamic physics, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, etc.) with a strong background in machine design
  • The ability to work with other engineering disciplines (Chemical, Electrical, Materials) to create prototype and industrial process equipment design solutions
  • Knowledge/experience in materials processing equipment
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Ability to design and carry out experiments
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Proficient in 3-D CAD system (AutoDesk Inventor preferred)
  • Sound understanding of material properties and capabilities for use in machine design
  • Possess strong work ethic and attention to detail with excellent organizational skill


Desired Skills (These are skills that would be nice for candidates to possess)

  • Knowledge of fiber optics and materials based glassmaking.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficient in AutoDesk Inventor 3-D CAD
  • Machine controls knowledge/experience (PLC programming, motion control, etc…)


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration)

B.S. degree in technical/engineering (mechanical, physics) field; M.S. degree in similar discipline strongly encouraged.  3-5 yrs. work experience preferred. 


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership)

  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Ability to work interactively on cross functional teams with ties to Research and Early Stage Development and Manufacturing.
  • Able to identify long term needs/goals and determine short term objectives to achieve same
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)


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.

About corning

Owens Corning is a producer of glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composites and of residential and commercial building materials. The Company operates within two product categories: composites, which include the Composite Solutions segment and building materials, which includes its insulating systems, roofing and asphalt and other building materials and services reportable segments. The Company's products range from glass fiber used to reinforce composite materials used in transportation, electronics, marine, wind energy and other high-performance markets to insulation, roofing and manufactured stone veneer used in residential, commercial and industrial applications. On May 1, 2008, the Company sold two composite manufacturing plants in Battice, Belgium and Birkeland, Norway. (Source: 10-K)

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