Process Engineer- Glass Surface

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.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.

Scope of Work

Broaden and extend Corning Inc.’s competency in the field of cleanroom and washing system design, development, characterization and implementation to plant manufacturing systems. To design a clean / wash process system that delivers pristine glass to subsequent process operations that reduces particles, organic materials at designed cycle time. During installation of the systems at a manufacturing location, be proactive in the propagation of precision engineering principles and practices within Corning. In addition, this position will also be responsible for providing technical support during manufacturing start up and during product qualification process. The individual will provide engineering guidance to the product / process development and manufacturing teams to demonstrate improved glass sheet quality. Function in a high performance manufacturing and engineering environment. The person is expected to have broad technical skills and experience as well as strong interpersonal skills to work with people of diverse cultural and technical background in worldwide locations of Corning Incorporated. In addition, to ensure and complete Job Safety Analyses for new process introductions.


Scope of Position

• Identify cleaning/washing equipment systems for various glass processing functions that deliver pristine glass quality

• Identify environmental requirements that sustain glass quality requirements and meet customer specifications.

• Responsible to determine operations required to produce products and develop processes in a cleanroom environment to ensure that quality, cost and efficiency requirements are met.

• Identify defect root causes and factor into design requirements

• Work with equipment suppliers to design wash systems to improve glass surface quality

• Ensure measurement/inspection system meet the customer’s needs

• Improve processes and solve problems based on fundamental understanding gained through the use of the scientific method

• Applying DMAIC and advanced statistical tools

• Improve manufacturing cost, quality, uptime, yields, cycle time, and safety

• Evaluate new materials, new equipment, or new process parameters

• Documenting SOP, SOS, experiment planning, and process changes


Day to Day Responsibilities

• Interface with Development and Engineering Teams to design and develop washing / cleaning systems for AI process requirements.

• Interface with Development and Plant Engineering to develop and lead production trials of new products, processes, and technology.

• Provide technical guidance and subject matter expertise in glass cleaning fundamentals

• Support technology assessments of glass cleaning concepts based on fundamental science, and apply the fundamentals and engineering principles to eliminate glass defects

• Design and implement key process experiments and document.

• Engage in the manufacturing process development work including experiment planning, data analysis & reporting results.

• Collaborate with Development groups in advancing fundamental understanding & evaluating new process and/or product ideas.

• Lead scale-up and transfer of feasible technologies to manufacturing.

• Manage cross functional teams and apply traditional project management methodologies of performance.

• Interact with Development and Manufacturing Teams to determine product and process requirements.

• Identify low cost manufacturing opportunities that maintain the specified quality level.

• Design and develop new processes or improve existing processes

• Use hands-on approach to solve problems and improve processes based on fundamental understanding and structured problem solving methods such as KT, Designed Experimentation, or Six Sigma

• Implement Process Control and Process Discipline systems into manufacturing operations

• Analyze process data using statistical tools (e.g. pareto, regression, time charting, analysis of variance, gauge R&R, etc.)

• Measure and communicate performance against established objectives

• Review and interpret data to make recommendations on immediate actions, long term corrective actions, follow-up experiments, etc.

• Document processes and train operators and peers on defined processes


Role within the group

• Identify low cost cleaning / washing solutions and environmental control for new facilities

• Provide measurement tools to monitor glass and environmental conditions

• Individual will be responsible for participating on cross-functional project teams, on early innovation stage projects, through concept generation/certification, technology development, detail design/build, and start-up in pilot or high volume manufacturing .

• Strong level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges.

• High level of fundamental understanding of the process and materials to enable the development of cost effective products and finishing machine systems.

• Ability to work in a team based environment and participate on a highly matrixed project team

• Understand how to integrate commercially available technologies and processes to enable Corning, Inc. to develop robust next generation process equipment solutions.

• Able to effectively leverage external machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration of later stages of machine system implementation.

• Understand and practice the use of semiconductor automation procedures and techniques

• Be responsible for the functional and operational integrity of design, estimating costs, defining project scope, budget and schedule.

• Be responsible for identification of project resources necessary to complete the project tasks and coordinate the project team’s efforts towards successfully achieving overall project objectives.

• Procure, implement and document systems and assist in training operational personnel.


Required Skills

• Share knowledge of all cleanroom mechanical systems including make-up air, exhaust, process vacuum, compressed air, jacket cooling water, and fire protection.

• Solid understanding of cleanroom air managements systems including VLF and turbulent flow rooms in 3 level fabs with both open and closed waffle slabs; understand entire process of conditioning cleanroom air including make-up air handler and filtration, temperature and humidity control, room pressurization, and fan-filter units; insure cleanrooms are balanced and certified to the proper specification.

• Understand the fundamentals and equipment requirements of glass sheet washing systems used in other businesses to achieve desired glass quality

• Technical Interface between Corning, and OEM automation suppliers to insures Corning success on New Business Development programs

• Leadership – Champion new ideas; lead by example; provide constructive feedback to co-workers

• Tolerance of Ambiguity – Working in development environment with evolving requirements

• Decision Making and Problem Solving – Able to review facts and weigh options using a systematic approach to solve problems

• Communication Skills – Clearly present ideas (written and verbal); read and interpret complex information

• Teamwork – work closely with other team members and departments; share credit

• Flexibility – change ideas and focus based on new ideas

• Commitment to Task – demonstrate dependability and sense of urgency about getting results

• Planning/ Prioritizing/ Goal Setting – Manage multiple projects; establish plan and use goals to guide actions; schedule people and tasks to complete projects

• Support new equipment, construction and infrastructure upgrades

• Knowledge of process control/analysis techniques, including DOE, SPC, Six Sigma, etc.


Desired Skills

• Experience with cleanroom environment fundamentals and glass sheet cleaning / washing systems

• Experience working within a manufacturing organization

• Effective presentation skills

• Capable of leading process development / improvement projects

• Innovation experience

• Broad technical knowledge/ Multi-discipline

• Strong written and oral communication skills


Soft Skills

• The ability to work in a diverse, multi-disciplinary team in which feedback must be rapidly assimilated and incorporated into project planning. Ability to effectively present ideas and opinions to gain understanding, consensus and support across team.

• The ability to provide and receive open, honest feedback on a regular basis in order to drive excellence in individual and team performance.

• The ability to interface with customers, external suppliers, and technical collaborators with high professionalism and consistent with corporate values.

• Work effectively as a team leader, member and facilitator. Lead by example, set expectations and motivate team members to achieve and exceed goals.

• Ability to multi-task, handle shifting priorities and timeline pressure to meet project deadlines.


Travel Requirements

• Estimate travel up to 40% depending upon specific project assignment. Travel may be required during installation, debug, and start-up as well as for routine interaction with Customers and Suppliers. This would be a combination of domestic and international travel. International travel would most commonly be to Asia or Europe.


Education and Experience

• B.S./M.S./PhD in Technical Discipline

• Minimum 2-5 years of cleanroom / clean process experience

  • Process, Equipment, Product Development or Engineering
  • Technology or Product Transfer (preferred)
  • Glass cleaning /washing equipment and cleanroom design experience (preferred)

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.

Full time