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Quality Technician - 2nd or 3rd Shift


LaVergne, TN, US

REQ ID:  33249

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.

Quality Technician - 2nd or 3rd Shift 
2nd Shift: Monday-Friday; 3pm-11pm
3rd Shift: Sunday-Thursday; 11pm-7am




Perform dimensional, visual, and physical properties inspections of product at various stages of manufacturing process.



  • Provides technical support to the quality and manufacturing functions.
  • Conducts destructive examination and quality control (QC) inspections on products, materials, components, parts, etc., at various stages of the production process to ensure compliance with established quality and reliability standards.
  • Captures and analyzes statistical data from processes to either confirm compliance with established standards or identify deviations from standards.
  • Recommends new or enhanced methods, procedures and standards.
  • Record results of inspections as required. Daily work is determined by structure and needs of the production operations.
  • Will include physical properties inspections and powder testing.
  • Must have good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Will also include physical properties inspection of sintered product.
  • Required to learn and understand all equipment needed to inspect physical properties and dimensional inspection.
  • Expected to work on priority order first and scan correct production information as needed.
  • Must have knowledge of sample preparation for sectioning, mounting and polishing.



  • Requires vocational training or the equivalent experience and may require external certification but typically does not require a university degree.
  • Able to properly use and be proficient in the use of all gages and devices that determine compliance to drawing tolerances and product specifications.
  • Preferred: 3-5 years of experience preferred or must demonstrate ability to learn.
  • Must be able to use required computer software including but not limited to SAP and Microsoft Office.
  • Able to read and understand insert identification chart, routings and operating procedures.
  • Can properly interpret insert defect criteria.
  • Follows procedures/work instructions for conducting customer certifications, inspections of physical properties and coating heat approval.
  • Can retrieve and read drawings. Record data as required and can determine if the actual insert in hand matches the route card insert style description.
  • Has working knowledge of hardness and microstructure testing.
  • 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
  • Works within standard operating procedures and/or scientific methods



  • Performs specialized technical tasks required to support operations (e.g., IT development, research support, skilled trade)
  • Works with a moderate degree of supervision
  • Must be able to understand grain flow, microanalysis, and physical property testing
  • Must be able to identify any issues in incoming powder or production inserts with physical properties or microstructure.
  • Must be able to determine the insert type to properly evaluate to grade specifications to determine disposition of in-process or finished product. Out of specification feature will be reviewed with Corporate Grade Champion.



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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