Snowplow/Blade Operator


Bedford, PA, US

On-site or Remote:  Onsite
REQ ID:  44779


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 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.



Shift: 1st Shift, Monday – Friday 7am – 3pm


Job Summary:
Operate horizontal power feed milling machines to mill snowplow blades.

This position works under the supervision of the Supervisor - Manufacturing, or in his/her absence. Duties are performed without constant supervision. Assignments are made daily, and results are reviewed daily or as needed.


Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Safety: Perform pre-operation checks for both individual machines and work area. Perform safety inspections required for individual machines and associated equipment (i.e. fork trucks, cranes, hoists.
  • Production:
    • Set-up and operate mill and shear.
    • Set-up and operate drill and punch presses.
    • Set-up and operate brazing equipment to braze various products.
    • Assemble carbide to blades for braze process.
    •  Inspect, paint, straighten, and package finished product.
    •  Changes tools, adjusts and/or sets up shears, or milling machines, including selecting proper cutters, determining feeds and speeds, and replacing cutters when dull as required.
    • Assist other operators as needed.
  • Quality: Inspect parts to meet established ISO requirements
  • Delivery: Support functions and changeovers to meet established due dates
  • Cost: Responsible for tracking and problem solving of the materials used and efficient equipment used to reduce cost.
  • Inventory: Responsible for management of WIP and components (i.e., carbide, braze, flux and steel). Perform cycle counts as specified.
  • 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.


Required Experience:

  • 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.
  • Forklift’s operator’s license

Desired Experience:

  • Six months of manufacturing experience is preferred.

 Kennametal Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of Kennametal Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or other protected status, group, or characteristic under federal, state, and/or local law or regulation. It is Kennametal Inc.'s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

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