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Mechanical Engineer at Corning in Wilmington, NC

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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:

  • This position is in the Technology Deployment and Synchronization Department within Advanced Manufacturing Technology group (AMT) and is focused on equipment design, industrialization, deployment, and commissioning.   
  • As a member of a project team, provides mechanical engineering leadership in the design, build, installation and commissioning of Corning Optical Communications manufacturing systems.  Provides technical leadership in all aspects of equipment design for new deployments and modification of existing equipment. 
  • Will work closely with the Technology Development, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations groups to industrialize and cost reduce new equipment designs.
  • Will lead or 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.
  • May also work with equipment vendors on the build and acceptance of equipment.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop understanding of process and equipment functions in area of responsibility.
  • Industrialize manufacturing platforms (platform = process + equipment) for revolutionary manufacturing systems.  Update design of manufacturing platforms to resolve safety, performance, and quality issues, or reduce either the as-installed or long-term operational costs.
  • May either lead or be a member of a project team.
  • Develop and use project plans and timelines to achieve project goals without sacrificing safety, intellectual property, or quality.  Adhere to all Corporate, Business Unit, and Site guidelines for same.
  • Develop project work plans and schedules that support overall project objectives, completes work to agreed-to timeline.
  • 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 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.
  • Estimate and manage project budgets.

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:

  • B.S. with 3-10 years manufacturing experience working with process and automation equipment or M.S Mechanical Engineering or Science Degree with applicable co-op and/or internship experience.
  • Familiar with process piping system design, including P&IDs.
  • Project management experience, including developing project scope, budgets and schedules.
  • Knowledge of regulations applicable to area of expertise and works to ensure compliance (OSHA, etc.).  Incorporates safety and risk analysis into equipment designs.
  • Equipment design background utilizing Autodesk Inventor or other 3D modeling tools; familiar with general drafting standards.

Desired Skills:

  • Displays a bias for action in situations of uncertainty, addresses issues and problems proactively.
  • Translates engineering solutions to requirements, then further to process and/or equipment designs which deliver all required and promised performance criteria.
  • Determines and recommends best solution from a series of alternatives within plant guidelines.
  • Thoroughly carries out assignments to completion. 
  • Works well in a team environment, is a “self-starter” and “results oriented”.
  • Communicates effectively in various settings to provide and present necessary information to Project, Department, and Site leaders.
  • 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.
  • Assures quality and repeatability of processes and products.
  • Able to function in either discipline engineer or multi-disciplined leadership role as defined by project assignment.  Works well with other disciplines (IT, controls, and process engineering) to fully understand manufacturing system functionality and design requirements.

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