Quality Engineer


Traverse City, MI, US, 49686

On-site or Remote:  Onsite
REQ ID:  45203

About Kennametal

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 and defense, 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 nearly 100 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2.1 billion in revenues in fiscal 2023. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Job Title: Quality Engineer

Location: Traverse City, MI



Job Summary:

This position will be responsible for quality activities at Traverse City plant and meeting customer requirements, including: developing quality procedures and manufacturing processes for existing and new products, resolving internal and external quality issues with the focus on improving customer satisfaction, providing powder and material expertise for tungsten carbide and ceramics, resolving raw material issues and deciding on powder qualification, driving quality improvements and manufacturing lean projects.


Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Creating Quality Procedures and Standards/ Instructions for products manufactured at Traverse City
  • Responding to and resolving issues related to discrepancies of materials and products.
  • Communicating with internal and external customers on quality issues and performance.
  • Coordinating QMS functions to assure compliance with the requirements of Kennametal quality management system, including preparing the annual
    audit schedule, assuring these audits are conducted, verifying corrective action, and the final closure of these audits.
  • Reporting performance of the QA function.
  • Developing programs for inspection equipment and other machinery and/ or processes.
  • Initiating projects targeting internal and external quality improvements as well as Lean projects to improve manufacturing, productivity and cost.
  • Providing training and direction to production personnel to resolve quality / in-process inspection problem
  • Reduce the variability of the process through statistical techniques.
  • Optimize quality process parameters namely through LEAN initiatives to reduce LEAD TIME and lower costs.

Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates


  • High school, 4 -year secondary degree, Engineering degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in quality manufacturing / quality engineering
  • Must have great problem solving and analytical skills
  • Must have sound organizational and planning skills
  • Must be self-directed and solutions-oriented person
  • Must have project management and matrix management expertise
  • Must demonstrate effective communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • QA background
  • Basic programming understanding
  • LEAN background in VSM and/ or 6 Sigma
  • Familiarity with ISO and its requirements
  • Familiarity with SAP - business software
  • Minitab statistical software program

Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Traverse City
Nearest Secondary Market: Northern Michigan

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