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Industry 4.0 Engineer


solon, OH, US

REQ ID:  43063

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.


Job Title: Smart Factory Engineer

Location: Solon, OH


Job Summary and Mission:

This position’s primary focus is to implement and drive adoption of Smart Factory tools, lead data-driven Continuous Improvement activities with manufacturing personnel, and provide feedback to AME and IT to improve existing tools or develop new ones. 


Key Job Responsibilities:


  • Manage multi-site projects and communicate effectively to support Smart Factory maturity roadmap.
  • Train Operations Teams to drive adoption of Smart Factory tools including (but not limited to) digital data, downtime reason code tracking, and advanced analytics.
  • Work with Operations and Competency Teams to identify relevant tag values for each process and piece of equipment.
  • Work with equipment vendors to connect machines to the Kennametal network and map relevant tags for collection.
  • Ensure tag values are accurate and are properly stored and displayed on Smart Factory tools.
  • Train and work with operators to ensure downtime reason codes are entered on time and accurately.
  • Analyze data and identify Continuous Improvement opportunities to present to manufacturing.
  • Work with the Operations Team and Competency Team Leads to review findings and plan activities.
  • Work with Operational Excellence to prioritize manufacturing feedback; document action items to find root causes, identify counter measures.
  • Participate and present progress in regularly scheduled meetings for applicable sites.
  • Document feedback from plant teams and work with AME and IT to make improvements to Smart Factory tools.
  • Collect requirements for advanced analytics and new dashboard development and work with AME and IT to deliver them.
  • Help develop corporate standards including Smart Factory Playbook and document Success Stories.
  • Complete Power BI beginner and intermediate training.




  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5-8 years of related work experience
  • Outstanding leadership and ability to overcome adversity through team building
  • Exceptional communication skills necessary to develop meaningful working relationships with all levels of operators and management.
  • Strong and persistent drive to deliver results.
  • Beginner to intermediate level knowledge of Kepware and SQL used to support KMT Smart Factory architecture.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering preferred or equivalent related experience.
  • Excellent project management skills including ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills, with an emphasis on a “hands on” approach.

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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