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Zinc Furnace Operator


Huntsville, AL, US

REQ ID:  40301

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.

Operator Zinc Furnace

Flexible schedule; 12 hour day shift or 12 hour night shift


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Observe all safety rules and wear appropriate PPE.  Report all safety incidents, unsafe acts and conditions
  • Operates a loader which loads and unloads all metals being processed
  • Perform routine cleaning
  • Responsible for set-up and break down of furnaces
  • Maintain a continuous visual check of process and periodically checks temperature
  • Screen, separate, and crush metal
  • Perform other reasonable and related duties as assigned


Equipment Used: Personal Protective Equipment, Crane, Scale, Forklift, Zinc Ingot, Crucibles, Dumpers, Crushers, Ball Mills, Hot Tops, Retorts, Vapor Can, Crucible Flat, Ribs, Funnels, Furnace, and a Tow Motor



  • All Levels of Management
  • Manufacturing Personnel


Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • Good interpersonal skills and able to work in a team environment
  • Must be able to read, write, perform basic math (addition, subtractions, multiply and divide).
  • Record keeping skills


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to use both hands at the same time while pushing, pulling, twisting bending, lifting, stooping, and walking
  • Must be able to work for long periods, while standing
  • Must have good eye/hand coordination with all physical movements well coordinated



Job Conditions & Hazards:

  • Moderate dust
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25kgs (55lbs)
  • Potential strains, pinch points, and lacerations
  • Hot Surfaces


Education Guidelines:

  • High diploma or Equivalent is required.
  • Must be able to read, write, perform basic math (addition, subtractions, multiply and divide).


Experience Guidelines:

  • Prefer at least one year of experience in a manufacturing environment.


Behavioral Dimensions:

  • Safety Awareness
  • Initiative
  • Quality/Attention to Detail
  • Analysis/Problem Assessment
  • Teamwork
  • Demonstrate the 6 (S) Concept: Safety; Sift and Sort (Organize); Stabilize (Orderliness); Shine (Cleanliness); Standardize (Adherence); Sustain (Self-discipline)


Report to: Manufacturing Supervisor


  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: Huntsville

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