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At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering 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 11,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.1 billion in revenues in fiscal 2017. Learn more at




Job Title: Press Operator – Night Shift

Location: Orwell, Ohio

FLSA (Exemption) Status: Non-exempt 



Job Summary


To run either an automatic or manual press to produce quality inserts that are of the correct weight and thickness.               


Job Description


Assemble tooling and powder for order being pressed.  Verify that the initial pieces are on weight and thickness and are of acceptable visual quality. Make adjustments to eliminate quality defects.  Set-up automatic pick-off and weight control units adjust according to order label.  Dis-assemble and clean press rams and supply powder to press as needed during run.  Clean press  and vacuum press area at end of each shift.  Scan correct production information. Complete all appropriate test samples, record all required information. handle scrap appropriately.  May be required to perform press set-up and tipsetter function as production needs require.                                                                                        




Run orders by priority. 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, defect criteria, assuring product is processed according to proper routings, specifications and the quantity and style are correct. Work to meet daily departmental production goals. Communicate safety , quality and product issues with supervisor, team members and across shifts.




  • Perform basic math.
  • Ability to handle green (soft) carbide inserts with fingers and tools without damaging or chipping the inserts. 
  • Must be able to operate personal computer to access the QMS, SAP MII, green insert Defect Criteria and operating procedures.
  • Must be able to read and understand blueprints and routings.
  • Able to understand the indexible insert identification system. 
  • Able to clean the rams and dies using approved methods.  
  • Ability to use 30x microscope and weight scale to ensure compliance to specifications and green inserts defect criteria.  Is able to operate tray loaders, tonnage meters and vacuum system. 
  • Ability to handle powder to prevent contamination.
  • Ability to communicate with peers, supervisors and support functions both orally and in writing.  
  • Proficiency reached through on the job training within eight (8) to twelve (12) months.                                                                                  


Education and Experience


Must have High School or GED.


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 eight hours standing and/or sitting, and frequent  use of arms, hands, and fingers with break opportunities every two hours per eight hour work period.  Intermittent walking, reaching and scoping throughout eight hour work period. Frequent lifting of insert trays, press parts, powder cans, and powder hopper weighing no less than five (5) pounds and no more than twenty-five (25) pounds.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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