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Technical Process Operator


Solon, OH, US

REQ ID:  42684

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 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Technical Process Operator 



Kennametal has an immediate opening for a dependable Technical Process Operator to work at its newly modernized manufacturing site located in Solon, Ohio. Responsible for supporting the operation of one or more automated in-line agile manufacturing systems, to a predetermined schedule using robotics for monitoring and refreshing worn tooling, and work piece loading.  


Typical duties of the Operator/Engineer include the following:

  • Be committed, following all company safety policies and procedures to ensure commitment to 100% safe work environment
    • Diligently identifying improved methods and controls for safe area and site operation.
    • Complying with OSHA guidance for robotics operation (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.333 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147)
  • Working in a team environment safely, operating complex production equipment, manufacturing software and tools in the manufacturing and transfer of various products.
  • Following of digital work instructions, blueprints, guidelines, diagrams and schematics to ensure product and customer specifications and tolerance levels are met.
  • Interpreting dashboards and reporting tools.
  • Automated Line support:
    • Executing assigned equipment calibration. preventive maintenance and other TPM functions to ensure continuous line operation and a safe, efficient work area.
    • Making assigned adjustments to existing equipment
    • Monitoring meters, gauges, valves, flow ratios, temperatures, pressures, and related controls and guidelines to ensure adherence to production/process specifications.
    • Reporting any malfunctions or abnormalities and makes minor adjustments and repairs to equipment.
    • As development skill set and experience allows, set-up and operate in-line millturns, 5-axis CNC and/or grinders.
    • Align and secure tooling, holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines and in 5-S storage format. 
    • Work from and read blueprints as well as setting and checking work to various quality control gages.
    • Troubleshooting, determining causes of operating errors.
    • Perform inspection of machined products by selecting and setting up precision gaging to ensure external and internal quality specifications and requirements


  • Communication, Teambuilding and Continuous Improvement.
    • Providing continuous feedback for manufacturing process improvement
    • Participating in team functions and discussions with an attitude of See it; Own it; Solve it; Do it.
    • Confer with engineering, supervisory, or manufacturing personnel to exchange technical information.
    • Complete all necessary documentation, electronic data entries and communications accurately and timely.
    • Move all materials, either physically or mechanically, necessary to complete assignments
    • Support the Lean Enterprise initiatives and continuously strive to improve customer satisfaction through improved quality, reduction in waste and improved productivity.
    • Works within standard operating procedures and/or scientific methods.
    • Works with a moderate degree of supervision.



  • High School diploma or GED
  • Preferred technical knowledge - apprenticeship/technical certifications/Associates degree or 2 or more years of hands-on experience with: CNC, Robotics, Manufacturing controls and systems.
  • Strong Knowledge in manufacturing safety, technical manufacturing (Blueprint, machining math, written communications), business acumen, basic computer skills, PLC, HMI.
  • Hands-on working knowledge of CNC, Robotics, Manufacturing controls and systems a plus
  • Proven abilities in critical thinking capabilities for trouble shooting, problem solving, continuous and quality control.
  • Interpersonal skills with good communication working in team environment. 
  • Advanced knowledge of blueprint reading and GD&T methods of dimensioning, as well as proper use and care of precision measurement tools
  • Proficient in shop math, including geometry and conversions Trigonometry, highly desired.
  • Efficiently and effectively receive verbal and written information
  • Proficient in MS Office and HMI Systems
  • Understand written instructions and be willing and able to communicate those instructions to others
  • Read process instructions and drawings and recognize/attend to details
  • Has working knowledge and skills to perform a defined set of analytical/scientific methods or operational processes.
  • Applies experience and skills to complete assigned work within own area of expertise.
  • Performs specialized technical tasks required to support operations (e.g., IT development, research support, skilled trade)
  • Successful completion of the TITANS of CNC Academy Building Blocks Series is a plus
  • Some daily and weekend ove
  • Can lift 25 pounds with frequency.
  • Can stand and move around on feet for entire shift.
  • Flexibility for over/under shift coverage.


Kennametal Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of Kennametal Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or other protected status, group, or characteristic under federal, state, and/or local law or regulation. It is Kennametal Inc.'s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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