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Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer – Bedford, PA
Kennametal Inc. is a leading global supplier of technologically advanced tools, tooling systems, and engineering services for industries such as aerospace, automotive, construction, farm machinery, power generation and transmission, and oil and gas exploration. Kennametal’s portfolio of well-respected brand names and broad global presence enable us to help customers of all sizes in virtually every geography drive success at every stage of their value chain. People around the globe can see and touch these results throughout many aspects of their day, from the light switch they turn on to the car they drive.
The Kennametal manufacturing plant Bedford, PA currently has an opening for a Manufacturing Engineer supporting the Earth Cutting Tools (ECT) Business Unit. This position is responsible for all manufacturing engineering including machining, welding, castings, and other related manufacturing support. This role will drive continuous improvement with cross-functional teams within and supporting the Bedford plant. This position reports directly to the Site Business Director.
Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop and transition new and/or improved processes and devices into manufacturing operation. Effectively evaluate alternatives and propose the best solutions. Prepare procedures, training plans, and manufacturing enabling documentation.
  • Provide on-site assistance for troubleshooting as needed during hours of operation and/or during maintenance shutdowns.
  • Lead process improvements and capital project implementation. Effectively support Management of Change to minimize EHS risks and manufacturing disruptions. Proactively develop project plans and budgets, select and manage teams, conduct progress reviews, implement corrective actions, and ensure compliance with EHS guidelines. Meet budget, timeline, and project objectives. Regularly provide progress updates. 
  • Work with Corporate Sourcing, Finance, and outside vendors to specify, procure, effectively install start-up, and complete acceptance testing of capital equipment. Develop functional specifications and evaluate alternatives. Partner with other manufacturing locations and relevant Corporate functional teams to ensure appropriate technology/process standardization is considered.
  • Lead improvement tasks and projects using Lean and Six Sigma™ continuous improvement tools on the manufacturing floor.
  • Partner with Manufacturing, Materials Management, and Finance teams to ensure that BOMs and routings accurately reflect product manufacturing steps, and are optimized to improve cost-effectiveness, quality, and efficiency. Responsible for system updates, management of setup sheets, and associated documentation. 
  • Work in conjunction with Product Engineering, Sourcing, and Product Management to assure timely delivery of new product requests and reviews.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of operations goals of safety, quality, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and financial performance. Ensure compliance with established EHS and quality standards.
  • Continuously improve knowledge in areas of responsibility by proactively staying aware of technology trends, participating in training/webinars, and networking with subject matter experts.
  • Operate as a role model who embraces the Kennametal Cultural Beliefs and inspires others to do the same.

Position Requirements:
  • Minimum of BS Engineering. Mechanical Engineering preferred.
  • 2 or more years of experience working in batch and discrete component manufacturing environments. Experience in machining, welding, and/or molten metal operations preferred.
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement and problem-solving skills, with experience delivering sustainable improvements with Lean and Six Sigma™ tools.
  • Experience troubleshooting, implementing and sustaining manufacturing processes and systems related to areas of responsibility.
  • Experience executing capital projects to support replacement, modernization, and/or new process implementation to achieve operational goals.
  • Strong positive interpersonal and hands-on problem-solving skills, and experience working effectively with cross-functional teams across all levels.
  • Prefer experience with process automation, PLC, and robotics. PLC programming, CNC programming experience.
  • AUTOCAD, NX CAD systems, 2D and 3D modeling, and CAD-CAM experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously, set priorities, identify and resolve problems, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer literacy, including MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and MRP experience (SAP preferred).
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Sponsorship is not offered for this position.