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Manufacturing Operator- Utility


Bedford, PA, US

REQ ID:  33362

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.

Utility Operator

Bedford, PA


Shift: 1st shift and 3rd shift. Rotates every two months. Pay differential- $1.00 included for off shift.



Perform a variety of operations/duties at the Castings operation where assignments are made daily, and results are reviewed daily. Expect to act as a replacement for co-workers. You will be under the supervision of the Manager-Focused Factory-Castings, or in his absence the Lead.

Duties are performed without constant supervision.


Key Job Responsibilities:

Safety: Perform pre-operation checks for machines. Perform safety inspections required for individual machines and associated equipment. (i.e., furnaces, grinder)



  • Preheat and close molds
  • Assist in all phases of pouring molten metal into molds
  • Operate shake-out and shot blast machines
  • Separate castings, break up molds, and saw as necessary
  • Inspect, grind, and finish castings
  • Return sand and flask equipment to the molding area
  • Cut, grind and shape riser sleeves
  • Place carbide in molds, must follow blueprint for proper size and placement of carbide
  • Load and unload trucks
  • Fill in for absent molders
  • Inspect and gauge produced parts to blueprint specifications


Quality: Inspect parts to meet established ISO requirements

Delivery: Process shop orders to meet established due dates

Cost: Responsible for tracking and problem solving of the materials used and efficient equipment use to reduce cost

Inventory: Responsible for cycle counts and management of WIP and components (i.e., forgings, semi-finished product)

Lean: Participate in lean events and utilize lean processes in daily duties

TPM: Perform daily required TPM on associated equipment

5S: Perform daily required 5S activities for work area

Metrics: Perform daily activities associated with gathering and posting established metrics

Data: Accurate and timely recording of required data (i.e. Production, quality etc.)



  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Completion of basic math, blueprint reading and gage reading training preferred.
  • Forklift Operator’s license preferred.
  • The ability to understand written and oral instructions and communicate with supervisors and co-workers.

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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