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Celebrating its 80th year 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 2018. Learn more at


Job Title: Manager Grinder II - CNC Operator
Work site location: Lavergne, TN.


I.             Summary of Job:

Responsible for set-up and operation of CNC grinding equipment in the manufacture of product to specific tolerance requirements.  Checks work product status at various intervals during production cycle.  Identifies non-conforming parts and maintains appropriate quality records.


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; complete annual safety objectives; and, report all incidents in a timely manner.
  2. Selects appropriate machine tools, tooling, and grinding wheels for the product that is to be produced.
  3. Performs setups and makes adjustments as required by print specifications or process instructions for manufacture of standard parts and any special (CNS) parts on manual and/or CNC equipment with 4-axis capabilities or more.
  4. Develop / enhance programs for standard product when necessary.
  5. Performs training on operation and setup of relevant equipment as required.
  6. Completes all paperwork per ISO-9001:2008 standards.
  7. Works various shifts as required, and overtime when requested.  Runs multiple machine cells when required.
  8. Follows proper procedures to request materials and supplies.
  9. Actively participates in various teams as required.


III.          Contacts:

Production Supervisors, Manufacturing Engineers, Designer, Plant Manager, Quality department staff, maintenance department staff


IV.          Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • Following appropriate training , must be able to manufacture and inspect components to tolerances of +/- .0002
  • Must be able to read and interpret detailed engineered drawings
  • Must be able to follow detailed written and/or verbal instructions
  • Must be able to apply new job-related information in an efficient manner


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. Grinders (CNC and/or Manual):  Agathon Periphery Grinders, Ewamatics, Walter, Huffman grinder machines, and various automated equipment when used in conjunction with one of the above machines.
  2. Inspection equipment (Height Stand, Micrometer, Profileometer, Comparators, etc.)
  3. Various hand tools and bench equipment


VII.        Education Guidelines:


  1. Trade School Diploma in an appropriate discipline and/or Certificate of Apprenticeship and/or trade experience preferred.
  2. High School Diploma or GED required.


VIII.       Experience Guidelines:


  1. One to three years or more experience working in a machine shop, doing precision work using manual or CNC grinding machines.


  1. Physical Requirements:


  1. Must be able to work either standing or sitting for long periods of time
  2. Must be able to lift 5 to 20 lbs. routinely.  Occasionally lifting up to 55 lbs. 
  3.  Must be able to visually inspect parts to very close tolerances.


  1. Job Conditions and Hazards:


  1. Some mist / dust generated from machine operation
  2. Finger cuts from sharp tooling and/or tools
  3. Loose clothing, long hair, and/or jewelry could tangle in machine
  4. Potential for parts to fly from the machine or fixture
  5. Pinched and/or smashed fingers from machine operations


  1. Reports To:


Shift Supervisor


Equal Opportunity Employer

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