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Manager Applications Engineering II Earth Cutting Division


Latrobe, PA, US

REQ ID:  42951


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.


Manager Applications Engineering II Earth Cutting Division

Location - Remote within the US 

Travel - Up to 50% both US and international

Job Summary 

This role will be responsible for directly and indirectly leading the global team of applications engineers as well as ensuring the Kennametal Earth Cutting division remains at the forefront of breakthrough technology development within our strategic markets. 

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Directly supervise and develop (4) North American Applications Engineers with responsibility for all ECT applications. Indirect responsibility for (10+) outside NA Applications Engineers. 
  • Facilitate standardization of a robust system for field trial methods, collection of data, inventorying of data, and reporting of results. 
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing across regions and applications with support of product engineering and product management. Direct leadership of proven solution database. 
  • Coordinate field trials with global sales teams in support of sales growth and with product engineering in support of product development. 
  • Develop application engineering resources for future careers within ECT functions such as product management, product engineering, and/or sales. 
  • Support product management PLCM process by identifying portfolio gaps, providing input for 3-year product roadmaps, and providing feedback on existing product weaknesses. 
  • Utilizing application expertise, product knowledge, and, in field research, explore disruptive innovation development and inform ECT NPD pipeline. 
  • Monitor breakthrough disruptive technology in the marketplace. Collaborate with product engineering to assess threats and opportunities. Maintain a detailed list of threats. 
  • Support the M&A process through evaluations of potential acquisition targets.



  • BS in Engineering Discipline with a preference for mechanical or materials engineering
  • 8-10 years experience of direct contact with customers to solve problems (does not need to be sales – can be technical support, product management, design engineering, etc.)
  • Knowledge of tungsten carbide products, cutting tools, and wear solutions
  • Experience in earthworks industries:  mining, construction, forestry, agriculture, recycling
  • Experience in executing in-field testing for new product development



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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