Manufacturing Engineer - Material Science

At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering 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 11,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.1 billion in revenues in fiscal 2017. Learn more at www.kennametal.com




Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer
Location:  Roanoke Rapids, NC

Must be US Citizen or Valid Green Card Holder

Job Description

Responsibilities include Engineering activities related to the manufacturing of carbide and ceramic cutting tool materials.  This includes, but is not limited to improvements in key functional areas such as Safety, Quality, Production, Materials Planning and Maintenance.  This position develops procedures and work instructions for manufacturing processes compliant with ISO standards and regulatory requirements including environmental, health, and safety.  This position supports equipment installation, startup and maintenance support.  This position prepares correspondence, reports, spreadsheets, presentations, training and other written and verbal communications. This position is responsible for the optimization of manufacturing processes and equipment, supporting manufacturing as a technical resource in the areas of manufacturing capability and capacity, quality assurance, capital equipment and product costing.  This candidate partners with internal and external resources to transfer processes from Technology into Manufacturing.  Additionally, this position supports Continuous Improvement and Operational Excellence projects.

Job Requirements
Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, preferably with an emphasis in Material Science and preferably with a minimum of 3 years of experience in a lean manufacturing environment.  In addition to strong communication and problem solving skills, other competencies include proficiency with Excel, including Macros, Minitab and the ability to work effectively with teams.  Candidates with a Graduate degree in Engineering who have conducted research related to materials processing and development will be given special consideration.  Candidates having coursework in materials science covering manufac-turing process and design, material characterization, and quality control will also be considered.


Job Tasks


  1. Support the manufacturing processes for carbide and ceramic cutting tools by participating in plant-wide production meetings, troubleshooting equipment and providing technical support to flow product through the facility.

  2. Develop continuous improvement projects to increase yields and productivity.  This includes gathering and analyzing data, reporting results and making recommendations to Plant Management.

  3. Act as liaison to transfer new products and processes from Technology into Manufacturing.  This includes being a member of Global multifunctional teams, participating in the initial testing, and then planning and coordinating product transfer and upscale of manufacturing.

  4. Write new or modify existing manufacturing procedures based on the Technology transfer and Continuous improvement efforts.

  5. Write proposals for Capital equipment and act a Project Leader to install, test and qualify equipment for production.

  6. Support the Materials planning functions to specify raw materials, spare parts and supplies for the Facility.  This includes working with Technology as well as suppliers to test and bring suitable materials into the facility safely and reliably.

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