Project Engineer - Automation
Corning Incorporated - Durham, NC

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Scope of Position:
Position completes engineering and automation projects in a manufacturing environment. Specifies, procures, and completes projects to automate production processes, improves machine controls, and install machine data reporting. Supports automation and controls in a manufacturing environment. Designs new electrical controls systems and improves existing electrical controls systems.

Manage projects from design to implementation, including defining project scope, determining required resources, establishing equipment specifications, providing system startup services, developing processes and executing validation protocols. Ensures compliance/improvement of quality systems in manufacturing (i.e. ISO, QSR, GMP).

Participate in new product development and process improvement projects as a core team member or core team leader.

Day to Day Responsibilities:
Lead automation upgrades on existing equipment to improve process reliability and costs. Work with representatives from operations, maintenance/facilities and quality engineering to justify, design, develop and implement improvements to equipment and equipment controls. Introduce new sensors and controls and modify PLC programs or add PLCs to improve functionality of existing equipment. Introduce new mechanical systems to improve functionality of existing equipment. Work with outside automation vendors on equipment improvement projects. Supervise the installation, startup, testing and debug of new or modified manufacturing equipment and controls.

Manage capital equipment projects from concept through implementation ensuring that all performance specifications and project objectives are met on schedule and on budget. Develop technical specifications for automated manufacturing equipment (mechanical performance requirements, and automation and controls functionality and design). Prepare capital appropriations requests including analysis of existing operations, estimation of project costs, and justification of proposed actions. Develop bid documents for the procurement of process control systems (software and hardware). Manage vendors to ensure systems meet specifications. Collaborate with quality engineering to establish and execute equipment acceptance and validation protocols.

Design and deploy sensors and PLCs as data collection systems on production process and utility equipment and link them to the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to report process and utility output, utilization, yield, and power consumption, and gather critical to quality process data to allow engineering and SPC analysis of operations.

In concert with manufacturing engineers and electrical controls engineer, maintain a centralized library of updated versions of controls software for all process equipment. Document and archive all engineering changes such as PLC programs and electrical schematics. Recommend and implement changes to control hardware and software versions to keep systems current and supportable.

Perform hands-on troubleshooting and process improvements in manufacturing operations. Use root cause analysis to eliminate process problems. Assist maintenance/facility department with troubleshooting of mechanical and electrical systems. Provide technical support for automated mechanical systems, electrical controls, and robots. Train manufacturing engineers and technical support personnel as needed on controls and machine operation. Support operations with controls issues.

Ensure compliance/improvement of quality systems in manufacturing (i.e. ISO, QSR, GMP). Revise all necessary documentation to maintain the quality system.

Has no direct reports, but directs the activities of internal and external resources during the completion of project work, process troubleshooting and machine improvement activities. Oversees the work of internal and external electrical and controls technicians to ensure that their work adheres to company standards, and local, state, and federal codes.

Travel Requirements: Some travel including international will be required.

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: Normal office environment within 24/7 manufacturing operation.

Required Education:
BS in Electrical Engineering or related engineering field (automation, controls).

Required Years and Area of Experience:
5 - 7 years experience designing and implementing process control solutions, programming PLCs, and implementing HMIs.

Required Skills:
Demonstrated experience troubleshooting process and electrical equipment and PLC software applications. Must be proficient with AutoCAD for electrical design work. Demonstrated experience with PLC controlled automated equipment with Allen-Bradley PLC language required.

Desired Skills:
3 – 5 years experience in Project Management involving high-speed automation equipment introduction preferred.

Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):
Good presentation and communication skills Team Player Manages activities of others on project team to achieve program schedules and milestones.

Company 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.

Corning Life Sciences brings new and innovative laboratory tools to researchers. Our core technical competencies include polymer science, biochemistry and molecular biology, glass melting and forming, surface modification, and characterization science. As part of Corning Incorporated, we are a world leader in specialty glass and have a 150-year tradition of innovation.

We are committed to meeting customers’ unique and changing needs with original solutions for today’s emerging life sciences technologies. Our dedication to quality, technology and innovation has enabled us to produce the world’s most comprehensive line of laboratory tools for life science research. Corning Life Sciences also offers custom capabilities such as special packaging, bar coding, and printed lot numbers, to meet specific customer requirements

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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...