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Top and Bottom Grind Operator


Orwell, OH, US

REQ ID:  38563

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.


Top and Bottom Grind Operator

2nd Shift         




Run multiple top and bottom grinding machines producing a quality product to blueprint specifications.                                                                 


Key Job Responsibilities


  • Set up and operate any or all the following top and bottom machines: 11" & 18" Blanchard.
  • Install, change, and dress grinding wheels where applicable. 
  • Determine amount of stock to remove while working within tolerances.   
  • Gage inserts to insure proper dimensions.  Scope inserts to verify visual characteristics.
  • Pull samples and Record inspection results on route cart. 
  • Place inserts into proper trays and move them to the next operation. 
  • Separate scrap from good inserts, document accurately. 
  • Scan correct production information.
  • Operate other equipment as needed.  
  • Train new operators when required.
  • Operators should be capable of setting up machines and troubleshooting basic to moderate problems.                                                                                                 


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 that the quantity and style are correct.
  • Work to meet daily departmental production goals.
  • Must be reliable and dependable.
  • Communicate safety, quality, product issues with supervisor, team members and across shifts.                                 



Education, Knowledge and Skills


  • Must have High School diploma or GED.
  • Able to do basic math. Ability to read and understand defect criteria, insert identification, blueprints, routings, and operating procedures. 
  • Can handle inserts with fingers without chipping. 
  • Must be able to use personal computer and locate documents in QMS. 
  • Understand proper use of gages, varies optical gauging equipment standard micrometers, Digimatic Indicators, 30X Microscope, “V” anvil micrometers, and Hole Micrometers to measure the characteristics being ground to meet the blueprint specifications.   
  • Communicate with peers, inspectors, and supervisors. 
  • Proficiency reached in four (4) months or less.
  • Must complete classes in blueprint reading and insert identification in six (6) months or less.                                                                                    

Work Environment                                                                          

  • Environment with controlled temperatures and dust collection systems. 
  • Safety glasses with side-shields required.
  • Safety Shoes required. 
  • Stahli operator required to use gloves to protect from exposure to oils.
  • Gloves, cut resistant gloves when necessary.                                                                            


Physical Demands                                                                            

Approximately eight hours standing, bending with two break opportunities per eight-hour work period.  Occasional walking, reaching, and sitting.  Lifting insert trays weighing no more than thirty-three (33) pounds.                                                                          


Problem Solving                                                               

  • Run orders by due date. 
  • Assignments and instructions communicated orally and carried out by standing guidelines.
  • Routine problems solved by operator using learned knowledge of insert styles and production processes. 
  • Operators work to standard operating procedures (oral and/or written instructions).



 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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