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Smart Factory Engineer - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering


Nashville, TN, US

REQ ID:  36921

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 Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Smart Factory Engineer - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Location - Position will frequently travel to Nashville, TN and Asheboro, NC. Need someone within driving distance to one of those locations.


Job Summary 

This position’s primary focus is to implement and drive adoption of Smart Factory tools, lead data-driven Continuous Improvement activities, and provide feedback to Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) and IT to improve existing tools or develop new ones.  


Key Job Responsibilities

  • Train Operations Teams and drive adoption of Smart Factory tools including digital dashboards and applications for collecting reason codes for downtime and quality events
  • Work with Operations and Competency Teams to identify relevant tag values for each process and piece of equipment.
  • Work with equipment vendors to connect machines to the Kennametal network and map relevant tags for collection
  • Ensure tag values are accurate and are properly stored and displayed on Smart Factory tools
  • Train and work with operators to ensure downtime reason codes are entered on time and the right reason codes are chosen
  • Analyze data and identify Continuous Improvement opportunities
  • Work with the Operations Team and Competency Team Leads to review findings and plan activities
  • Work with Operational Excellence to prioritize Ideas in Motion; document action items to find root causes, identify counter measures and follow through using Digital Lead Board 
  • Participate and present progress on Ideas in Motion in daily Lead Board meetings
  • Document feedback from plant teams and work with Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) and IT to make improvements to Smart Factory tools
  • Collect requirements for advanced analytics and new dashboard development and work with AME and IT to deliver them 
  • Help develop corporate standards including Smart Factory Playbook and document Success Stories


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering preferred or equivalent related experience, preferably in lean manufacturing.
  • 3-5 years relevant work experience
  • Excellent project management skills including ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Outstanding leadership and team building proficiency.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills, with an emphasis on a “hands on” approach.
  • Strong and persistent drive to deliver positive results.
  • Exceptional communication skills necessary to develop meaningful working relationships with all levels of operators and management.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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