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Controls Engineer


Latrobe, PA, US

REQ ID:  40502

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 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Job Title: Controls Engineer
Location: Latrobe, PA



Kennametal delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through our advanced materials sciences and application knowledge. Our commitment to a sustainable environment provides additional value to our customers. Kennametal’s portfolio of well-respected brand names and broad global presence enable us to help customers of all sizes in virtually every geography drive success at every stage of their value chain. Strategically aligned across our two core businesses - Industrial and Infrastructure – our products and services touch nearly every manufacturing process. People around the globe can see and touch these results throughout many aspects of their day, from the light switch they turn on to the car they drive.


Job Description – Requirements

Minimum of Bachelor’s degree with >3 years experience required Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Engineering Mechanics or relevant experience in an electric controls field. Practical experience with industrial furnaces is required, preferably in the powdered metals industry.  Knowledge of electromechanical systems, control systems, electrical design, PLC ladder logic programming, networking, process automation and Human Machine Interface programming.  Vacuum pump technology, vacuum system design, gas distribution systems, and furnace design are a plus.  Ability to work hands on with industrial equipment is a must.  Project management experience is a benefit.


The successful candidate must demonstrate effective verbal/written communications skills, excellent troubleshooting skills and an ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.  Time management and prioritization skills are critical.  Applicants should possess a desire to join an extended team of research and manufacturing colleagues in a fast-paced environment.


Job Description – Tasks

  • Serve as a technical resource for sintering operations with responsibility for furnace electrical design, specifications, technical vendor interactions, furnace commissioning/decommissioning, preventive maintenance programs, process development and knowledge sharing of standardized procedures across all corporate locations.
  • Manage install base of PLC/HMI furnace control system.  Manage upgrades and new system integrations.
  • Assist in vendor selection, prepare functional specifications, and train personnel in research and manufacturing facilities.
  • Lead teams to resolution in the systematic use of data-driven analysis, decision making and validation.
  • Research, evaluate and develop new hardware.
  • Author and maintain internal procedures and work instructions.
  • Support product development, process development, intellectual property, EHS, quality and manufacturing through the identification and design of appropriate sintering processes for a wide variety of product platforms.
  • Must be able to lift and position moderate-weight equipment.
  • Travel up to 30%, depending on project activity.
  • Position requires domestic and international travel.


Kennametal Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of Kennametal Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or other protected status, group, or characteristic under federal, state, and/or local law or regulation. It is Kennametal Inc.'s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

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