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Auto/Manual KBU Operator


orwell, OH, US

REQ ID:  39881

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.


Auto/Manual KBU Operator

2nd Shift 


Job Summary

Chemically clean carbide inserts. Remove debris and minor coating defects.


Key Job Responsabilities

  • Operate automated CNC wet blast machine to chemically clean carbide inserts.
  • Remove debris and minor coating defects. 
  • Operate automated CNC wet blast machine to prep inserts for coating. 
  • Confirm incoming inserts and count. 
  • Setup orders utilizing the appropriate program, process, and trays. 
  • Run in either automated or manual mode. 
  • Must be interactive with automation and machine by observing and verifying the inserts are processed to standard. 
  • Scope inserts to verify visual characteristics.
  • Determine success of blast based on visual appearance.
  • Adjust pressures and times on blaster machine as needed. 
  • Monitor machine processes as needed.   
  • Scan in correct information. 
  • Perform preventative maintenance during shift, weekly and monthly according to guidelines. 
  • Complete production records and data entry as required in the system. 
  • Sustain 6S standards through good housekeeping and execution of standard work. 
  • Follow all company safety procedures in completion of job duties. 
  • Verify that all safety related devices, machine guarding, signage are in place and functioning prior to production. 
  • Wear required PPE for the job function. 
  • Communicate pertinent information to oncoming shifts.  Substitute and back-up manual process or other equipment as needed.


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


Education, Knowledge, and Skills

  • Must have High School Diploma or GED.
  • Ability to do basic math.
  • Ability to read and understand defect criteria, insert identification, blueprints, routings, and operating procedures. 
  • Ability to use a personal computer and various software such as SAP MII, locate information in QMS, and on the Kennametal Intranet for ISO Procedures, and work instructions.  
  • Ability to handle inserts with fingers without chipping.  
  • Understand proper use of 30X Microscope. 
  • Communicate with set-up persons, inspectors, supervisors, and managers. 
  • Proficiency reached in eight (8) weeks or less.
  • Complete classes in insert identification in six (6) months or less. 


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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