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PVD Auto Setup Operator


Orwell, OH, US

REQ ID:  39396

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


PVD Auto Setup Operator

Night Shift



Handling and arranging various styles of inserts receiving physical vapor deposition coating (PVD) in heats to allow coating of all critical areas ensuring a quality product.  Visually inspect PVD coated inserts.  Operators will observe machine operations to ensure quality and conformity of products to standards.  Adjust machine components according to specifications of the product.                                  


Key Job Responsibilities


  • Build heats for PVD furnaces. 
  • Work instructions for what needs cleaned and the PM schedule will be developed and utilize routine schedule. 
  • Daily PM cleaning of machine may be necessary. 
  • General mechanical knowledge of how PVD rod loading works and diagnosing/reading what errors or faults pop up on the machine.
  • Understanding of robotics and controls for troubleshooting and adjustments needed to correct problems quickly.
  • Gather and verify all setup and raw materials per the route card, verify product and style match route card. 
  • Follow standard operating procedures to complete orders.  
  • Maintain production for automated rod loading/unloading while performing other duties as assigned. 
  • Complete production records and data entry as required in the system. 
  • Sustain 6S standards through good housekeeping and execution of standard work staging of fixtures. Staging of these components is critical for continuous run operation. 
  • Follow all company safety procedures in completion of job duties. 
  • Verify that all safety related devices, machine guarding, signage are in place and functioning prior to production. 
  • Wear required PPE for the job function. 
  • Perform quality inspection and quantity verification of incoming product prior to coating. 
  • Originate documentation to accompany heats through the Coating process. 
  • Visually inspect coated carbide inserts with unaided eye and microscope.  
  • Transfer inserts to next work center. 
  • Communicate pertinent information to oncoming shifts.
  • Operate other equipment as needed.                                                                         


Key Job Accountabilities


  • Commitment to working safely and understand all safety procedures.
  • Deviations in routine are handled according to operating procedures and/or work instructions.
  • Operator responsible for following inspection control plan, assuring product is processed according to proper routings, specifications and the quantity and style are correct.
  • Work to meet daily departmental production goals and minimize machine downtime.
  • Communicate safety, quality and product issues with supervisor, team members and across shifts. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with co-workers by willingness to take on additional responsibility and/or support. 
  • Substitute and back-up manual process when necessary.                                                      


Knowledge and Skills        


  • Must have High School diploma or GED.
  • Ability to handle inserts with fingers without chipping.  
  • Understand proper use of 30X Microscope. 
  • Communicate with inspectors, supervisors, and managers. 
  • Proficiency reached in 8 weeks or less.
  • General HMI/PLC knowledge of HMI screen to enter data into the machine, and PLC/PC knowledge for reading the MII dashboard and understanding which orders get which fixture components. 
  • Ability to communicate verbally. 
  • Able to read and understand routings, insert identification manual and operating procedures.
  • Must be reliable and dependable. 
  • Requires accuracy critical to customer satisfaction. 
  • Proficient in basic math, mechanics, computers skills, window applications.  
  • Logical thinking skills are essential to understand automated systems and isolate problems. 
  • Proficient in blueprint reading, understand insert dimension and how to correlate to machine performance and defect criteria. 
  • Proficient in troubleshooting issues, determining root cause, and conducting repair.                                                                                                                                                                                  


Work Environment                                                                          

Environment with controlled temperatures and dust collection systems. Safety glasses with side-shields, Safety shoes, and gloves required. Cut resistant gloves when necessary.                                                                        


Physical Demands                                                                            

Approximately twelve hours sitting or standing with three break opportunities per workday. Intermittent walking, reaching, sitting/standing, and bending. Lifting frequently insert trays weighing no more than thirty-three (33) pounds.                                                                      


Problem Solving                                                               

Run orders by due date. Follow control plan. Assignments and instructions communicated orally and carried out by standing guidelines. Problems solved by operator using learned knowledge of insert styles and production processes and consulting co-workers and supervisor.  Operators use Insert Defect Criteria on the Kennametal Intranet to determine acceptance/rejection of product.               


  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.

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