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R&D Process Engineer


Latrobe, PA, US

REQ ID:  42980

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: R&D Process Engineer

Location: Latrobe, PA


Job Summary and Mission:

The primary focus of this position is research, development and support of surface treatment and edge preparation processes used in the manufacturing of cemented tungsten carbide metal cutting inserts and round tools. This position will be responsible for development of new techniques/processes in an R&D environment as well as supporting Kennametal’s global insert manufacturing business through identification of opportunities for process improvement, standardization, capital equipment selection, and the implementation of each in production environments.


Key Job Responsibilities:


  • Develop new surface treatment and edge preparation processes through R&D and formal Design of Experiments in a lab environment.
  • Scale R&D processes for production operations
  • Perform implementation/qualification in manufacturing environments.
  • Research emerging technologies in academia and industries to develop Open Innovation plans and technology roadmaps
  • Collaborate with external partners in development of new technologies with objective of implementing in-house solutions.
  • Evaluate analytical testing related to surface treatment and edge preparation. Identify opportunities for new/improved analytical methods.
  • Author and maintain technical procedures and work instructions. Train personnel on implementation/use.
  • Drive process improvement and standardization across global manufacturing facilities
  • Develop project plans, budgets, conduct progress reviews, launch corrective actions, assure EHS guidelines and requirements are met and report progress to project stakeholders.
  • Assist in vendor selection, prepare functional specifications, and train personnel in research and manufacturing laboratories.
  • Effective “hands-on” process and equipment support for the implementation of quality/capability/productivity improvements as well as troubleshooting in R&D and production environments.
  • Prepare progress, status and forecast reports on key aspects of the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Collaborate with sourcing and external suppliers to specify and procure capital equipment. Develop statements of work (SOW) in support of capital equipment sourcing


Required Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or Material Science (or equivalent – Majors in: Chemical, Mechatronic, Engineering, etc. will be considered)
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience
  • Mechanical aptitude relevant to equipment/process in support of surface treatment, edge preparation and cleaning systems
  • Development of technical solutions through R&D and formal Design of Experiments in a lab environment. Scaling to production. Implementation in manufacturing, including creation of technical specifications and procedures/work instructions.
  • Management of complex and evolving organizational interdependencies relevant to technology transfers involving processes and equipment
  • Leading teams to resolution in the systematic use of data-driven analysis, decision making and validation.


Desired Experience:

  • Direct experience with industrial brush honing, blasting, and cleaning equipment
  • Development of statement of work requirements relevant to capital equipment sourcing
  • Experience working in research and development and/or manufacturing environment
  • Structured Process Development scaled to standardized manufacturing
  • Six Sigma Methodology
  • Optical inspection methods and analysis
  • Design of Experiments
  • Chemical cleanliness analysis
  • Technical Procedure 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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