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

Job description: Lean Technician

Position Description: Identifies opportunities in manufacturing for the company and executes Continuous Improvement activities as appropriate. Provides coordination of all activities relating to Continuous Improvement and enhancing knowledge of the tools and techniques of Continuous Improvement / Lean and Six Sigma methods.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports the overall continuous improvement program for the entire manufacturing process
  • Identifies and implements continuous improvement activities on the shop floor to produce bottom-line savings
  • Facilitates workshops for Team-Based Problem Solving
  • Works on projects both individually and cross-functionally
  • Performs cycle time reductions, plant layouts, workstation design, scrap and cost reductions in the manufacturing process
  • Performs economic analysis for assigned work
  • Maintains budget and timeline during projects
  • Evaluates labor and creates appropriate standards
  • Trains workforce on the various tools of Problem Solving
  • Capacity to perform in a constantly changing environment
  • Implements CI / Lean method projects on the shop floor in a wide variety of areas (TPM, SMED, FLOW, MM, WPO, etc.) with bottom-line impact
  • Able to work/adapt in a 24 hr X 7 Day production environment with continuous processes.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned


College Degree Major Desired: Engineering or Technology preferred (Industrial, Mechanical, or related field) (On the Job Experience considered in lieu of degree if demonstrated skill sets and contributions are applicable)


Knowledge, Training, Skills, and/or Experience:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Able to construct Value Stream Maps (current and future states), identify improvements, and lead cross-functional teams in developing line improvements
  • Specific expertise with continuous processes, TPM, OEE, and Daily Management.
  • Ability to lead/train on Root Cause problem solving
  • Ability to lead/train on SPC and Six Sigma methods
  • Background in automation, plastics, metals, or other continuous or thermal processes
  • Able to perform business analytics and connect problem-solving and continuous improvement activities to a business case.
  • Ability to communicate individually and in group settings
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interface with all levels within the organization and with external vendors
  • Excellent organizational skills with a strong ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Accuracy is a must.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate cross-functional teams.
  • 3 to 5 years of practical experience with lean methods / Continuous Improvement in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience implementing Lean Manufacturing, 5S, and Continuous Improvement concepts


Certifications, Licenses: Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt certification preferred, or Black Belt certification desired.


Behavioral Competencies

  • Must be detail-oriented and self-motivated with superior time management and a mature, professional attitude
  • Must be able to take direction from several sources and prioritize accordingly and work under tight deadlines


Working Conditions and Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. This job operates in a professional office environment and a professional production operation. An employee in this position works in an environment in which safety, environmental and health concerns may demand constant attention. Strict adherence to Corporate and/or Plant policies, rules, and regulations in these areas are required.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, high ambient temperatures, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at job sites. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.

Estimated Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, bend, kneel, stoop, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

The employee frequently lifts and/or moves objects up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

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: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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