Machinist Apprentice


New Market, VA, US

On-site or Remote: 
REQ ID:  44966

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.


Shift: 1st shift for 1 year of training then will move to either 2nd or 3rd shift



The Machinist Apprentice position will participate in a 1-year apprenticeship program, where upon successful completion, obtain a Kennametal Certified CNC Machinist certificate and transition into a second or third shift CNC Machinist position. 



  • Complete on-the-job training and online training courses focused on setting up and running variety of CNC machines in a production environment.
  • Learn about industry standards and regulations, materials used in production, safety policies, formula calculations, proper documentation, and appropriate communication with the manufacturer.
  • Adhere to and follow all company safety policies and procedures to assure commitment to a 100% safe work environment.
  • Safely and efficiently setup and operate machine tools, such as mills, lathes, and grinders.
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
  • Work from and read blueprints; performing inspection of machined products by selecting and setting up precision gaging to ensure external and internal quality specifications and requirements.
  • Maintain clean and organized workplace.
  • Complete all necessary documentation, electronic data entries and communications accurately and timely.
  • Maintain regular attendance and perform duties in a timely manner, arriving and departing for assignments and meetings as required.







  • Self-starter with good customer service skills and a pleasant demeanor
  • Openness to learning new skills and collaborating with other team members to create solutions.
  • Ability to learn how to operate various machines such as mills, lathes, and grinders.
  • Ability to learn to read and interpret blueprints, use precision measurement tools and closely follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Safety mindset with desire to contribute to strong safety culture.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma, or equivalent GED
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient basic math including adding/subtracting fractions and decimals
  • Must be able to lift and carry tools and material weighing up to 33 pounds.
  • Manufacturing work experience or technical school certification preferred
  • CNC machining experience not required



 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.

Nearest Major Market: Harrisonburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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