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Sr Manufacturing Engineer


Bedford, PA, US

REQ ID:  42578

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.

Senior Engineer Manufacturing

Bedford, PA

Relocation assistance offered


Kennametal Inc. is a leading global supplier of technologically advanced tools, tooling systems, and engineering services for industries such as aerospace, automotive, construction, farm machinery, power generation and transmission, and oil and gas exploration. Kennametal’s portfolio of well-respected brand names and broad global presence enable us to help customers of all sizes in virtually every geography drive success at every stage of their value chain. People around the globe can see and touch these results throughout many aspects of their day, from the light switch they turn on to the car they drive.


The Kennametal manufacturing plant in Bedford, PA currently has an opening for a Senior Engineer supporting the Earth Cutting Tools (ECT) Business Unit. This position is responsible for manufacturing engineering in various areas throughout the facility.  This role will drive continuous improvement with cross-functional teams within and supporting the Bedford plant.  This position reports directly to the Site Business Director.


Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Operate as a lead manufacturing engineer throughout the manufacturing facility.  Areas of focus may include welding, heat treat, carbide pressing, and/or sintering operations.
  • Develop and transition new and/or improved processes to manufacturing.  Responsible to prepare procedures, training plans, and manufacturing enabling documentation. Provide on-site assistance for troubleshooting, quality and throughput improvements, productivity improvements, and capital projects.
  • Drive process improvements and capital project implementation.  Effectively support Management of Change to minimize EHS risks and manufacturing disruptions. Responsible to develop project plans and budgets, select and manage teams, conduct progress reviews, implement corrective actions, and ensure relevant EHS guidelines and requirements are met. Meet budget, timeline, and project objectives.  Regularly provide progress updates. 
  • Work with Corporate Sourcing, Finance, and outside vendors to specify, procure, effectively install start-up, and complete acceptance testing of capital equipment. Develop functional specifications and evaluates alternatives.  Partner with other manufacturing locations and relevant Corporate functional teams to ensure appropriate technology/process standardization is considered.
  • Lead projects and improvement tasks using Lean and Six Sigma™ continuous improvement tools on the manufacturing floor.
  • Work in conjunction with Product Engineering, Sourcing, and Product Management to assure timely delivery of new product requests and reviews.
  • Partner with Manufacturing, Materials Management, and Finance teams to ensure that BOMs and routings accurately reflect product manufacturing steps, and are optimized to improve cost-effectiveness, quality, and efficiency.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of operations KPI goals of safety, quality, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and financial performance.  Ensure compliance with established quality standards. Continuously improve knowledge in areas of responsibility by proactively staying aware of technology trends, participating in training/webinars, and networking with subject matter experts.
  • Operate as a role model who embraces the Kennametal Cultural Beliefs and inspires others to do the same.


Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of BS in Engineering.  Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering preferred.  Open to other Engineering disciplines with hands-on manufacturing support experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in batch and discrete component manufacturing environments.
  • Strong continuous improvement and problem-solving skills, with experience delivering sustainable improvements with Lean and Six Sigma™ tools.  Six Sigma™ Green Belt required from a reputable training institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and develop manufacturing processes and systems related to areas of responsibility.
  • Experience developing and executing capital projects to support replacement, modernization, and new process implementation to achieve growth goals.
  • Proven organizational, interpersonal and hands-on problem-solving skills, and experience working effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Prefer experience with process automation, PLC, and robotics.  PLC programming, CNC programming experience.
  • AUTOCAD, NX CAD systems, 2D and 3D modeling, and CAD-CAM experience preferred.
  • Operational experience in batch and discrete component manufacturing environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously, set priorities, identify and resolve problems, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer literacy is required, including MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and MRP experience.  Prefer SAP MRP experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage team members across all levels.


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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