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Manufacturing Operator - Heat Treatment


Bedford, PA, US

REQ ID:  40143

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 Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Job Title: Heat Treater

Location: Bedford, PA
Shift: 2nd shift (3:00pm – 11:00pm)


Job Summary and Mission:

Operates gas heated atmosphere, hardening, and tempering furnaces for the heat treating of a wide variety of products. Receives and stores a variety of forgings and enters them into system. Conducts final inspection of products.


 Key Job Responsibilities:


  • Safety:
    • Perform pre-operation checks for machines. Perform safety inspections required for individual machines and associated equipment. (i.e., furnaces, grinder)
  • Production:
    • Heat treats and tempers various metal products and parts.
    • Monitors Heat Treat furnace safety and operating instruments and control panels.
    • Perform grinding, blasting, dipping, labeling, reporting, packing, clipping operations as needed to support production.
    • Perform Magnaflux and Rockwell tests as required
    • Operate a fork lift to transport materials from inside and outside the plant to and from work stations and storage áreas
    • Receives and stores incoming components, track, handle, and inspect out source heat treating
    • Inspect finished tools visually and with the use of gauges, micrometers, calipers, etc
  • 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.)

Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates

  • This position works under the supervision of the Supervisor - Manufacturing, or in his/her absence, the designee. Duties are performed without constant supervision. Assignments are made daily and results are reviewed daily or as needed.
  • This position requires:
    • A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma
    • Completion of basic math, blueprint reading and gauge-reading training
    • The ability to understand written and oral instructions and communicate with supervisors and coworkers
    • Basic computer skills
    • Confined space certification
    • A forklift’s operator’s license


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.

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