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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.



Utility Operator (Castings)

Schedule: Rotate every 2 months between 1st and 3rd shift


Job Summary

The Utility Operator is an entry-level position in a fast-paced work environment designed for a hard-working individual looking for an opportunity to promote within Kennametal.  This candidate will perform a variety of operations & duties within the Castings operations.  


Work Environment
Manufacturing environment in the Castings Facility with temperature changes and dust collection systems. Appropriate Foundry PPE Required (i.e., face shields, safety glasses with side-shields, metatarsal safety shoes, hearing protection, flame and cut-resistant gloves).


Physical Demands
Approximately 8 hours standing with intermittent walking, reaching, sitting, pushing, and pulling. Lifting objects weighing up to 35 pounds.


Knowledge and Experience

This position requires:

  • A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.
  • The ability to understand written and oral instructions and communicate with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Blueprint reading, gage reading, and forklift operator license preferred.



This position works under the supervision of the Manager-Focused Factory-Castings, or in his absence the Lead. Duties are performed without constant supervision. Assignments are made daily and results are reviewed daily.


Quantitative Data

  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Delivery
  • Productivity/Cost
  • Inventory

Based upon metrics established by respective department.


Key Job Accountabilities 






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 blue print 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)



The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under the position title or those to be performed temporarily outside of the employee’s normal job duties.  In performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to adhere to all plant safety rules and to all applicable Federal Regulations as set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Act.  Employees performing the duties of this position may be exposed to both the handling and/or moving of hazardous material and have been instructed in the proper safe handling/disposal procedures.



All Kennametal hourly positions must possess the following competencies:


Analytical Skills

Commitment to Excellence


Conscious Restraint/Maturity



Practical Judgment/Disciplined Problem Solving

Sense of Urgency/Proactivity



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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