Equipment Engineer (Mechanical/Pharmaceutical)
Corning Incorporated - Corning, NY

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Job Description:
Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, creating and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems.

Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played an important role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through an innovative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.

A world leader in industrial research and development, Corning staunchly believes in change. We thrive on seeking new opportunities to make a difference for mankind and bringing them to life.

Our dedicated scientists conduct their research with the highest integrity, finely tuned processes and superb skill. Breakthroughs occur when our researchers leverage existing technologies across product lines or come as the result of a profound moment of inspiration or even as an unexpected, experimental outcome. That is when research is at its most exciting.

We do everything possible to sustain our culture of innovation. We continually invest in research and development to provide our scientists with the resources they need. This has enabled our scientific community to develop a unique ability to solve complex problems and maintain a keen focus on things that really matter -- technologies that improve our lives and change our world.

R&D is the foundation on which Corning’s history has been built, and we have no doubt it will lead us to future technological triumphs.

To know more about Corning's Science and Technology division, please visit the R&D website at:

Day to Day Responsibilities:
Assigned to engineering project teams that are responsible to deliver robust, cost effective, flexible process machine and automation systems to Corning’s manufacturing plants and processes.
Work with project team members to solve difficult mechanical engineering and Pharma process equipment related problems, resolve project related issues, and develop fundamental understanding of process and Pharma equipment design requirements.
Defines and documents machine design specifications, errors budgets, develops mechanical design requirements for vendors, follows the design and construction of prototype and production process equipment, manages site acceptance events, collects and evaluates data, and makes appropriate engineering recommendations.
Interface with external machine builders, system integrators, and suppliers to specify and successfully deliver fully integrated process machine systems on-time, on-budget, and in satisfaction of process performance measures.
Prepares or directs the generation of construction drawings, installation drawings, and ensures that final drawing packages meet Good Automated Manufacturing Process requirements common in the Pharma industry. Ensures design documents meet Corning drawing standards.
Actively participates in system integration /debug, installation, IQ, OQ and PQ events, including training of plant personnel.
Report on project activities on a pre-determined basis. Ensure results meet the customer’s requirements and standards.
Maintain records and track expenditures against allocated funds. Estimate time required to accomplish tasks and monitor performance against schedules.
Individual must be capable of executing project assignments, in a team based environment, with minimal supervision.

Projects involved with: Project focus will be implementation of robust, cost effective automation and process machine systems in Corning’s manufacturing plants.

Role within group: Member of a cross-functional project teams through concept generation and development, detail design / build, system integration and production start-up in manufacturing

Travel Requirements: Estimate travel at 30% - 50% 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. International possible based on project assignment

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: Normal Business Hours (8 – 5, M – F), however, expected to work hours required to achieve project objectives

Required Education: B.S. / M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Required Years and Area of Experience: 10 – 15 years in mechanical engineering experience in the acquisition and installation of production process machinery, dynamic mechanisms, and / or automated systems used in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Required Skills:
High level of technical curiosity that will enable unique solutions to the technical challenges incumbent in the position.
Strong fundamental understanding of mechanical design practices, flexible automation, robotics, material handling, and system integration including development of process machine /system design specifications, error budgets, and proof of principle testing.
10 – 15 years experience developing and delivering fully integrated machine /automation systems to manufacturing requiring the integration of commercially available technologies into robust process manufacturing solutions.
Experience with Good Automated Manufacturing Practices and the Pharma regulatory environment.
Familiar with the following equipment system areas: electro-mechanical drive systems, fluid power, pneumatics, robotics, material handling, alignment, part sensing, and safety standards.
Demonstrated ability to effectively leverage and manage external machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build, and integration of later stages of machine system implementation.
Demonstrated skills in 2-D and 3-D CAD, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and knowledge of ANSI Y14.5-1994 drafting standard.
Ability to work in a team based environment and participate on a highly matrixed project team.
Self starter who is able to satisfy their objectives and timelines with a minimal amount of supervision.
Experience using problem solving and decision-making processes and skills.
Results oriented with a strong work ethic.

Desired Skills:
Detail Oriented
General knowledge of glass processing in Pharma manufacturing settings
Experienced with Solid works and AutoCAD design software
Experience with use of standard computer modeling and analysis software packages used in design of mechanical systems.
Knowledge of automation and precision engineering principles
Experience designing systems for deployment in “clean room” or “contamination sensitive” applications
Prior experience moving a new product / manufacturing process from development into manufacturing

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):
Ability to work on a diverse project team
Ability to effectively deal with moderate uncertainty, ambiguity, and change
Strong communication skills
Ability to effectively manage sensitive intellectual property

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Corning Incorporated is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process...