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Automation Engineer - Orwell, OH

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 Automation Engineer works with all related worldwide Manufacturing Plants, Product Engineering, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering in automation development for modernization efforts.  The position will also lead equipment installations, process improvements, troubleshooting efforts, along with evaluating and developing global automation standards for manufacturing. Will act as Project Manager and work with the vendors and Manufacturing to ensure the project timing and goals are met, ultimately through installation on the manufacturing floor.


  • Develops functional specifications and acceptance criteria for automation equipment and work with Sourcing to obtain proposals.
  • Evaluates proposals for technical capability, works with team to finalize vendor selection, and prepare AFE documentation to secure project funding.
  • After PO placed, work with selected vendor to finalize system design, controls package, and operator interface.  Complete Factory Acceptance Test and Site Acceptance Test.
  • Lead installation in manufacturing, including the preparation of procedures and other manufacturing documentation necessary to run automation equipment.
  • Develop or transition improved automation processes to manufacturing, which includes the modification of existing automation programs, vision systems, mechanical systems….
  • Provide on-site assistance at manufacturing plants for trouble-shooting, quality improvements, capability issues, productivity improvement, machine performance tracking and capital purchases.


  • 3+ years’ experience specifying and designing mechanical, 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



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: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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