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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 10,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.4 billion in revenues in fiscal 2019. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.




Technical Process Operator

LaVergne Tennessee


Summary of Job:

Responsible to set-up Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) furnaces, load product, monitor furnaces during operation, and unload product for the Coating operation.   This position performs work in a potentially dangerous environment involving combustible chemicals and high temperature furnaces.  Employees are required to become Hazmat trained.  When properly trained, employees must monitor computerized controls and interpret the available data to report and/or correct furnace problems.   Checks work product status at various intervals during production cycle.  Identifies non-conforming parts and maintains appropriate quality records.


NOTE:  Due to duties as an Emergency Responder within the Coating Department, this position requires ability to complete (1) Pulmonary Function Test and (2) full face respiratory fit test.                            

II.           Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Actively participate in department safety program activities including two-minute warning prior to initiating work assignments; practice safe housekeeping; follow established work procedures; prepare safety observations; and, report all incidents in a timely manner.
  2. Based on work instructions that are included with each work order packet, the Furnace Operator selects the required chemical process for the product.  Takes actions to load the furnace and to activate the production cycle.
  3. CVD production cycles can be very long, and the Operator will monitor furnaces that are in process, while performing duties to set-up and load other furnaces.
  4. Maintains Neutralization Systems and changes gas cylinders as needed.
  5. Performs routine furnace maintenance and cleaning of the immediate work area.  Rebuilds valves, cleans gas lines, drills feed tubes, and trouble-shoots furnace problems. 
  6. Performs required inspections and tests.  Identifies non-conforming product.
  7. Completes all paperwork per ISO-9001:2008 standards.
  8. Works various shifts as required, and overtime when requested. 
  9. Follows proper procedures to request materials and supplies.
  10. Actively participates in various teams as required.


III.          Contacts:

Production Supervisors, Manufacturing and Chemical Engineers, Plant Manager, Quality department staff, maintenance department staff


IV.          Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • Following appropriate training must be able to understand and apply knowledge of hazardous chemicals and what to do in an emergency.  This includes safe handling and disposal of applicable hazardous materials and thorough knowledge of emergency shutdown procedures.
  • Must be able to use PLC onboard computers for machine operation and control.
  • Must possess basic shop math skills and understand certain operational formulas
  • Must be able to understand somewhat complex work instructions
  • Must be able to apply new job-related information in an efficient manner
  • Must successfully complete initial Hazmat Training and periodic follow-up training in order to qualify as an emergency responder.


V.           Behavioral Dimensions:


  1.  Contributes to Team Success --- actively participates as a member of a team to move the team towards the completion of goals.  Work with other maintenance technicians, factory representatives, production operators, and engineers.  Work with suppliers and vendors to trouble shoot equipment and identify corrective measures.
  1. Applied Learning – Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner.
  2. Energy – Consistently maintaining high levels of activity or productivity; sustaining long working hours when necessary; operating with vigor, effectiveness, and determination over extended periods of time.
  3. Decision Making – Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.

5.    Innovation – Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to                      deal with work problems and opportunities


  1. Equipment Used:


  1. Various CVD coating furnaces
  2. Callot machine
  3. Scratch tester
  4. Toolmaker scope
  5. Computer
  6. Drill Press
  7. Rockwell
  8. Various hand tools and bench equipment
  9. Shop floor data collection system


VII.        Education Guidelines:


  1. High School Diploma or GED required.


VIII.       Experience Guidelines:


  1. Must have three to five years experience working in a manufacturing environment required.
  2. Must be able to work with minimal on-site supervision (12 hour shifts including weekends)
  3. Experience working with chemicals is a significant plus.


  1. Physical Requirements:


  1. Must be able to work either standing or sitting for long periods of time
  2. Must be able to frequently climb several steps to a platform attached to the furnace
  3. Must be able to lift 5 to 20 lbs. routinely.  Occasionally lifting up to 55 lbs. 
  4.  Must be able to visually inspect parts to very close tolerances.
  5. Must be able to comply with special handling requirements associated with cemented carbide manufacturing (good hand dexterity required)


  1. Job Conditions and Hazards:


  1. Exposure to heat, fumes and HCL smoke
  2. Exposure to strong Alkalines and Acids
  3. Potential for chemical burns
  4. Pinched and/or smashed fingers from machine operations


  1. Reports To:        Shift Supervisor


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