Process Engineer

Asheboro, NC

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 www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Job Title: Process Engineer

Location: Asheboro, NC


Job Summary:


Responsible for all engineering related aspects of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating deposition in a manufacturing environment to include process (material science) equipment, related automation, and analysis (quality), and Surface treatment (brush honing, wet blast, dry blast), equipment operation, quality, etc.


Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical & process support to plant manufacturing processes and systems
  • Lead start-up effort for new processes and/or equipment
  • Diagnose operating problems and monitor process performance
  • Develop capital project ideas and scope of work to address bottleneck issue and process improvement opportunities
  • Identify, recommend, and implement changes to optimize production aimed at maximizing productivity (yield, time cycle, consistency) and quality while minimizing cost, safety hazards, and environmental releases.
  • Assist engineering and maintenance in ensuring that projects installed in the plant are according to design and operators-friendly
  • Provide solutions to a variety of process problems by use and application of standard engineering principles, theories, concepts, techniques, and process simulation software
  • Serve as in-house technical process expertise for operations within the plant to solve processing issues, providing specification of process equipment and instrumentation


Education, Work Experience, Skills, Certificates

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience with thin-film deposition or precision component fabrication tools, including fundamental understanding of operation, process controls and programming (Vacuum Systems, Gas Delivery / Distribution, Control Systems)
  • Ability to perform basic troubleshooting of electrical / electronic systems including process automation/material handling
  • Demonstrated experience in materials, materials science and/or materials chemistry
  • Teamwork and Communication: Able to work well in a team environment and effectively communicate throughout organization
  • Surface treatments related to PVD coating deposition
  • Surface treatments honing (wet blasting, dry blasting and brush hone)
  • Lean manufacturing principles
  • Data analysis and related software (i.e. Minitab)


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.

Process Engineer
North America

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