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Automation Technician

Date Posted: Jul 5, 2019

Location: Charlotte, NC, US

Company: Gerdau

About Us

Gerdau Long Steel North America is a leader in mini-mill steel production and steel recycling in North America, with an annual manufacturing capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons of mill finished steel products. Through a vertically integrated network of mini-mills, scrap recycling facilities and downstream operations, the company serves customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, offering a diverse and balanced product mix of merchant steel, rebar, structural shapes, fabricated steel, flat rolled steel and wire rod.  Gerdau is the largest recycler in the World. Each year, we transform millions of tons of scrap into steel that is used to build the future.


Why you'll love it here

At Gerdau it’s all about the people. Gerdau's growth is based on our purpose and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, our communities, and the World.  Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity.


What will you do?


You will plan, lay out, and perform all operations required to install, troubleshoot, repair, construct, modify, calibrate, test, service, and program highly complex closed loop and digital electronic equipment in support of steel production, operation and related plant facilities. Your work will require a thorough knowledge of electrical wiring specifications, properties of various materials, and principles of operation and application of equipment.


What will a typical day be like for you?

  • Your work will involve a wide variety of duties including installation, modification and repair of electrical, electronic equipment and controls requiring much care to effectively diagnose, troubleshoot, and monitor highly automatic microprocessing equipment.
  • You will be checking and calibrating plant instrumentation; conducting routine checks in the rolling mill, reheat furnace, and melt shop electronic systems; plans and assists engineers with program changes in plant programmable logic controls.
  • You will work closely with engineers and maintenance supervisors in planning systematic maintenance as well as production personnel.
  • You will design, install and maintain a variety of complex electronically-controlled equipment such as rolling mill loop controls and secondary distribution centers; programmable sequences and pulpit controls panels; balances loads; wire complex circuits. 
  • You will perform on-line / off-line programming on a wide variety of PLC and other processor based systems.
  • You will install, troubleshoot, and repair electrical and electronic controls and systems.


What qualifications must you have?

  • High School Diploma or GED required. Advanced education, preferred. 
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in design, coding and integration as well as HMI construction
  • Experience with troubleshooting PLC and other processor based systems within an industrial environment. 
  • Strong experience with on-line / off-line programming in a wide variety of PLC and other processor based systems.
  • Capable of working within various weather elements. 

  • Able to work a rotating schedule. 
  • Strong experience using Allen Bradley or Siemens related products.


What does Gerdau offer?

  • Medical and Prescription
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
  • 401K
  • Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
  • Health Advocate Services
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


Application Process

Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity related to all employees and applicants for employment.  It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or other legally protected status.  All external applicants must be legally eligible to immediately work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship


If you are vision-impaired or have some other disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Gerdau, please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at (866) 788-2798 or



Nearest Major Market: Charlotte

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