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Machine Operator Experienced (Grinding) - Multiple Shifts Available - Sign-On Bonus


LaVergne, TN, US

REQ ID:  35208

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.

Machine Operator Experienced - Multiple Shifts Available - Sign-On Bonus 

Shift Differentials: 2nd Shift - $2/hr. 3rd Shift - $3/hr. 
Benefits Start Day 1 (Health Insurance, PTO, 401K Employer Match, etc)



Responsible for running multiple products or multiple processes either via a single automate machine or via multiple machines including robotics that work through multiple steps or completing a process within a production cell.


• Working in a team environment safely, operating complex production equipment, manufacturing software and tools in the manufacturing and packaging of various products.
• Following of digital work instructions, blueprints, guidelines, diagrams and schematics to ensure product and customer specifications and tolerance levels are met. Interpretation of dashboards and reporting tools.
• Executing equipment calibration, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and sustained production.
• Makes necessary adjustments to existing equipment, provides continuous feedback for manufacturing process improvement, providing quality control and in-process production testing for the design new equipment.
• Sets up and operates automatic or semi-automatic machines and related equipment in a continuous production/processing operation.
• Monitors meters, gauges, valves, flow ratios, temperatures, pressures, and related controls and guidelines to ensure adherence to production/process specifications.
• Reports any malfunctions or abnormalities and makes minor adjustments and repairs to equipment.
• Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures.
• Set up and operate, in an efficient timely manner, a wide range of machine tools, such as mill-turns, mills, lathes, and grinders, powder presses on a diverse range of product involving difficult operations, aerospace tolerances, and complex shapes.
• Align and secure tooling, holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.  Setting up and modifying program for Robot and/or Vision Systems.  Write product specific and robot programs by material master.
• Modify programs in response to problems.
• Work from and read blueprints as well as setting and checking work to various quality control gages.
• Use Keyance, Optical Guide Post (OGP) and Optical comparator to check advanced quality parameters.
• Troubleshooting, determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. Adjusting program in PLC to manipulate part to specification.
• Confer with engineering, supervisory, or manufacturing personnel to exchange technical information.
• Complete all necessary documentation, electronic data entries and communications accurately and timely.
• Move all materials, either physically or mechanically, necessary to complete assignments
• Perform inspection of machined products by selecting and setting up precision gaging to ensure external and internal quality specifications and requirements
• Adhere to and follow all company safety policies and procedures to assure commitment to 100% safe work environment.
• Support the Lean Enterprise initiatives and continuously strive to improve customer satisfaction through improved quality, reduction in waste and improved productivity.
• Modify existing equipment and helping design new equipment for continual manufacturing process improvement, providing quality control and in-process production testing.


• High School Diploma required.
• 1-3 years of experience
• Requires vocational training or the equivalent experience and may require external certification but typically does not require
a university degree.
• Preferred technical knowledge - apprenticeship/technical certifications/Associates degree or 1 to 3 years of hands-on experience with: CNC, Robotics, Manufacturing controls and systems.


Preferred Candidates Will Have:

  • 3+ years of experience with Grinding 
  • Previous programming experience
  • Previous experience working with the following machines:
    • Agathon 
    • Blohm 
    • Chevalier 
    • Haas 
    • Linear

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

• Strong Knowledge in manufacturing safety, technical manufacturing (Blueprint, machining math, written communications), business acumen, basic computer skills, PLC, HMI. Hands-on working knowledge of CNC, Robotics, Manufacturing controls and systems.
• Proven abilities in critical thinking capabilities for trouble shooting, problem solving, continuous and quality control.
• Interpersonal skills with good communication working in team environment. 
• Advanced knowledge of blueprint reading and GD&T methods of dimensioning, as well as proper use and care of precision measurement tools
• Proficient in shop math, including geometry and conversions Trigonometry
•  Receive verbal and written information
• Proficient on the computer with experience in MS Office and HMI Systems
• Understand written instructions and be willing and able to communicate those instructions to others
• Read process instructions and drawings and recognize/attend to details
• Has working knowledge and skills to perform a defined set of analytical/scientific methods or operational processes.
• Applies experience and skills to complete assigned work within own area of expertise.
• Performs specialized technical tasks required to support operations (e.g., IT development, research support, skilled trade)


• Works within standard operating procedures and/or scientific methods.
• Works with a moderate degree of supervision.




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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