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Machine Operator


Traverse city, MI, US

REQ ID:  40323

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.

Machine Operator 

3rd shift:  Sunday-Thursday: 10:00pm-6:30am

Benefits Start Day 1 (Health Insurance, PTO Accrual, and 401K Employer Match, etc) 


The Machine Operator performs essential job functions within the manufacturing department.  This position is responsible for ensuring continuous product flow.  This position is also involved in new product development.



  • Set-up and operate machines of a similar type (conventional or CNC) on a regular basis (includes tooling changes and programming CNC controls)
  • Preventive maintenance of machinery
  • Work on a variety of complex parts to close tolerances with average to complicated set-ups
  • Work with minimal support or supervision
  • Select appropriate feeds, speeds & tooling
  • Assist in problem-solving and troubleshooting of equipment breakdowns and production efficiency issues
  • Assures appropriate material and tools are available
  • Support Lean Enterprise, Quality, Safety & Productivity initiatives through appropriate levels of participation





  • High School Diploma OR GED
  • Must obtain knowledge of the general Health & Safety procedures of Kennametal Inc.
  • Good communication skills
  • Must be mechanically inclined and able to demonstrate strong mathematical skills    



  • 3-5 years’ experience in the manufacturing environment is preferred
  • Machine operation experience
  • Technical school certification or Apprenticeship program of completion
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Commitment to quality & customer satisfaction

  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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