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Senior Controls Engineer – Latrobe, PA

Kennametal is looking for exceptional talent as we continue to roll-out our $300MM global modernization initiative to better serve our customers and advance our organization.  This high-visibility, high-growth opportunity is helping us shape modern manufacturing as we bring state-of-the-art technology and equipment to our facilities while also building the workforce skills of tomorrow.  We're looking for problem solvers, innovators, and individuals who are interested in making an immediate impact through their contributions.




The Senior Controls Engineer works with all related Manufacturing plants worldwide, Product Engineering, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering in automation/equipment controls development/trouble shooting for modernization efforts and evaluates and develops global controls standards for manufacturing.  Will work with Technology and Manufacturing to determine what control and feedback systems are required to properly execute and monitor each process for quality and performance, and ensure they are included on equipment specifications. 




  • Primary focus is to develop and implement machine control standards (programmable logic controller, input/output signals, MT connect interface) to integrate process automation with manufacturing business systems.
  • Develop a functional description of automation solutions, select and specify automation components including: robotic systems, servos, controls, vision systems, and mechanical components.
  • Commission automation equipment, program (ladder logic, structured text, robot controllers), review or approve electrical, mechanical, pneumatic/hydraulic schematics, and develop database reporting functions.
  • Support manufacturing, identify opportunities and improve processes through application of new equipment and systems, improved programming techniques, process evaluation/improvements, material handling, and other engineering related areas.
  • Will provide general controls support for Kennametal’s facilities as needed. This could include troubleshooting problems and making enhancements to existing equipment




  • 5+ years’ experience specifying and designing electrical, vision, and control systems
  • 2+ years’ experience project management, coordinating multiple projects/stakeholders preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering field preferred
  • Exceptional leadership and team work abilities is a must
  • Experience in Robotic Programming or integrating vision systems into automation is a plus
  • Must be willing to travel 20-50% globally
  • Must be authorized to work in the US.
  • Sponsorship is not offered for this position.




Celebrating its 80th year 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 10,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.4 billion in revenues in fiscal 2018. Learn more at

Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

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