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With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 9,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.9 billion in revenues in fiscal 2020. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

CNC Programmer - Bedford, PA

1st Shift


Job Summary

Programming, set-up, operation, and troubleshooting in the Machining department.


Key Job Responsibilities

  • Support the CNC equipment by defining tooling, fixturing, and gauging required in the manufacturing process
    • Responsible for reviewing CNC operations for proper work center selection, work content, special tooling, cycle times, speeds and feeds, raw material, and special gauging needed
    • Develop detailed machining sequence, method tooling and setup information to support pre-production fixture, tool, machine setup and CAM program preparation
    • Develop CNC source programs utilizing CAM software, Siemens NX12
  • Work with engineering to develop, document, and maintain manufacturing routings, bills of material (BOM) and raw material for incoming manufacturing orders
  • Record and release out-going manufacturing orders within the ERP system
  • Maintain all pre-production records and files in accordance with all local and corporate procedures
  • Work with engineering and machining lead to organize and maintain manufacturing documents
  • Enter process and CNC programming data into master CAM database
  • Build and maintain all DNC electronic files and folders
  • Ensure data integrity for all outgoing manufacturing work orders
  • Work with engineering to recommend corrective actions to address productivity and quality issues
  • Perform various long-term projects to reduce manufacturing costs, estimate standard costs and investigate causes of variance
  • Coordinate machine repair and fixture modification projects with maintenance and engineering
  • Setup and operate all CNC machines as required
  • Design and manufacture fixturing for specific parts and/or work with outside resources to get fixturing manufactured Provide support with process questions and troubleshooting
  • Provide guidance to other team members through effective communications and positive leadership as requested by the supervisor


Required Areas of Education, Certifications, and Skills

  • High School Diploma
  • 3+ years relevant metal cutting experience as programmer
  • Secondary Degree/Technical Certification (OR 5+ years of CNC programming experience in a manufacturing environment in lieu of education)
  • Ability to program using G-Code and CAM
  • Clear understanding of all machining operations:  milling and turning
  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of 5-axis mills and multi-axis lathes
  • Ability to select appropriate manufacturing methods, tooling, fixturing, jaws, collets, feeds and speeds 
  • Must have the ability to read and understand blueprints, work instructions, and control plans
  • Must be able to do basic math with knowledge of trigonometry functions
  • Demonstrated ability to translate machining drawings and other engineering documents to the appropriate manufacturing process steps to create a finished product (i.e. BOM and routing development)
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work with limited direct supervision
  • Some daily and weekend overtime may be required
  • Provide support with process questions and troubleshooting
  • Provide guidance to other team members through effective communications and positive leadership as requested by the supervisor
  • Basic skills in standard Microsoft Office systems


Preferred Areas of Education, Certifications, and Skills:

  • 5+ years of general manufacturing experience
  • Experience in Siemens NX CAM for Milling and Turning
  • Proficiency in SAP or similar ERP system
  • Conversational programming experience



As part of our core values, Kennametal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer.”

Nearest Major Market: Somerset

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