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Press Operator


Orwell, OH, US

REQ ID:  38763

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.


Press Operator


Job Summary

To run an automatic press to produce quality inserts that are within the correct quality criteria.


Key Job Responsibilities

  • 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 tip setter function as production needs require.


Key Job Accountabilities

  • 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.


Education, Knowledge and Skills

  • Must have High School Diploma or GED.
  • Ability to perform basic math.
  • Ability to handle green (soft) carbide inserts with fingers and tools without damaging or chipping the inserts. 
  • Ability to operate personal computer to access the QMS, SAP MII, green insert Defect Criteria and operating procedures.
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints and routings. 
  • Ability to understand the indexable insert identification system. 
  • Ability 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. 
  • Ability 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.

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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