Conventional Polisher | Corning

Date Posted: 
Monday, October 4, 2021

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Position Location: 
Fairport, NY
Job Description: 

Requisition Number: 49986

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.

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.

The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.

Job Title: Conventional Polisher

Department: Optical Fabrication

*Non Exempt Position*

*PPE: Steel toe shoes (not reimbursed)

*Candidates must be compliant with DOD/ITAR requirements


  • A Shift (6:00 AM – 2:30 PM)
  • B Shift (2:00 PM – 10:30 PM)
  • C Shift (10:00 PM – 6:30 AM)

Day to Day Responsibilities:

We seek a highly motivated, skilled & innovative individual with a passion for optics and a desire to learn. Individuals applying for this position must be team oriented and able to work collaboratively with others.  They must have a drive for continuous improvement, and they must be flexible and willing to learn new things.

General Duties:

  • Perform manufacturing tasks and activities, as trained, and in compliance with work instructions
  • Conventional polishing using pitch laps, working to 1/10 wave tolerances
  • Use of test plates, interferometers and optical inspection tools to ensure quality of workmanship
  • Ability to read drawings
  • Monitor processes; includes recording and charting data
  • Perform calculations, quality tests, measurements, and inspections
  • Clean and prepare material and parts
  • Interface with plant systems (e.g. document control system, manufacturing execution system, optical testing software, etc.)
  • Complete production logistics by moving / transacting materials and information through the computer-based production system
  • Responsible for housekeeping and autonomous maintenance of work area and equipment

 Required Skills/Experience:

  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional fine motor skills and attention to detail
  • Strong PC skills and ability to operate electronic equipment
  • Superior technical and diagnostic skills
  • Able to work in a team environment
  • Actively engage in continuous improvement and cost reduction programs
  • Dedicated to the job. Willing to work off hours to ensure product is completed on schedule
  • Hand/eye coordination / manual dexterity / attention to detail


  • An AS degree (or equivalent experience) in optics or other technical field is preferred

 Working Conditions:

  • Temperature controlled environments. May require working in a clean room
  • Safety glasses and safety shoes required
  • Able to lift up to 15 pounds
  • Willingness to work overtime

 This position does not support immigration sponsorship

 Corning offers a competitive salary, vacation, pension, and family medical leave.

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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