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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




Manufacturing Process Engineer

PVD Coating Engineer (Manufacturing)

Orwell, Ohio 


I. Summary of Job:

  • Responsible for all engineering related aspects of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating deposition in a manufacturing environment to include process (material science) equipment, related automation, and analysis (quality)


II. Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Daily control and improvement of PVD and related processes
    • Process support: Inspection of critical coating characteristics, historical analysis of equipment operation, quality, etc.
    • Equipment support: Advanced preventative maintenance, technical troubleshooting (including electrical / electronic) of process reactors and supporting automation systems
    • Procedures, working instructions: Development, implementation, training, and auditing
  • Project management: Lead new process introduction / qualification, equipment installation, etc.
  • Problem Solving: Identify complex problems; Lead teams in a systematic approach to resolution using data-driven analysis / decision making; Follow-through actions through implementation and validation
  • Ability to develop understanding of complex and evolving processes as required to lead, implement, and sustain systems improvements
  • Evaluate skill levels of technicians, develop training materials, coach and train team members for improving team and equipment performance.
  • Equipment design: Develop design specifications for equipment supporting PVD operations


IV. Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • Experience with thin-film deposition or precision component fabrication tools, including fundamental understanding of operation, process controls and programming (Vacuum Systems, Gas Delivery / Distribution, Control Systems)
  • Ability to perform basic troubleshooting of electrical / electronic systems including process automation/material handling
  • Demonstrated experience in materials, materials science and/or materials chemistry
  • Teamwork and Communication: Able to work well in a team environment and effectively communicate throughout organization
  • Surface treatments related to PVD coating deposition
  • Lean manufacturing principles
  • Data anaylsis and related software (i.e. Minitab)


VII. Education Guidelines:

  • BS Engineering - Chem, Chem Engr, EE, Material Science, or Mechanical Engineering with a minimum of 3 - 5 years of related experience 


VIII. Experience Guidelines:

  • 3-5 years - R&D or Manufacturing environment
  • 1-2 years - Project Management
  • Must have excellent track record in project planning, execution and delivery
  • Experience as an equipment engineer or field service engineering professional who is highly effective working in a team-oriented matrix organization
  • Experience with vacuum processing equipment, gas distribution systems, or PVD systems preferred



Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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