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Controls Engineer


Solon, OH, US

REQ ID:  32643

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


Job Title: Maintenance Electrical / Controls Engineer

Shift:  1st

Location: Solon, Ohio

Some Daily and weekend overtime will be required.


  • High School diploma or GED
  • Bachelor of Engineering: Automation, Electrical, Mechanical, or Electro-Mechanical desired
  • 5+ years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Multi-axis CNC milling machining knowledge a plus (Mazak, DMG, Stama, Hardinge)
  • Experience in Fanuc robots programming, setup, and repair.
  • PLC: Siemens, Fanuc with knowledge of Heidenhain, Mitsubishi, Mazatrol preferred
  • Knowledge of servo motors, and Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)
  • Knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Knowledge of high voltage power distribution
  • Strong technical knowledge of electrical/control systems and the ability to apply these concepts within a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in PLC and HMI programming, Ethernet, IOT, and Smart Factory networks.
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of mechanical, electrical, and controls concepts in machining and manufacturing processes.
  • Ability to use a computer, interpret blueprints, engineering drawings and learn new systems.
  • Ability to work with people at all levels of the organization in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments with a high level of accountability for results.
  • Strong work ethic, self-starter, responsible, follow through on assignments.
  • Desire to work beyond assignments to improve output and/or help others.



Under the direction of the Facility Manager:

  • Be subject matter expert in Electrical, Automation, and PLC troubleshooting and repair for the facility
  • Troubleshoot and repair CNC machining centers for electrical and PLC-related issues.
  • Design, construction, integration, plant installation, successful launch, and continuous improvement of the electrical and control aspects of equipment and tools required for production.
  • Conduct equipment risk assessments with Manufacturing and EHS.
  • Design, plan and implement upgrades to electrical safety circuits in line with machine guarding and safety assessments.
  • Optimize robot and machine programs to improve reliability and remove waste.
  • Participate in equipment build/run-off and acceptance processes.
  • Provide project report outs to management.
  • Ability to learn new skills, and coach/mentor others on control-related issues, using a hands-on approach.
  • Document processes and train maintenance team members on proper execution or repair and troubleshooting. 
  • Support Internet of Things (IOT) and smart factory integration projects.
  • Flex shifts: Ability to work 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts, weekends as needed.



All employees are expected to:

  • Adhere to and follow all company safety policies and procedures to assure commitment to a 100% safe work environment.
  • Support the Lean Enterprise/25 Keys initiatives and continuously strive to improve customer satisfaction through improved quality, reduction in waste, and improved productivity.
  • Perform tasks in a quality manner to meet external and internal customer specifications and requirements.
  • Perform in a flexible and cooperative manner toward team objectives and the goals of the company. 
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with those you come in contact with in all matters. 
  • Complete all necessary documentation, electronic data entries, and communications accurately and timely.
  • Maintain regular attendance and perform duties in a timely manner, arriving and departing for assignments and meetings as required.
  • Be aware of all standard procedures and practices associated with the position and work to maintain compliance.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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