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Manufacturing Operator - Rolling Mill

Date Posted: Mar 27, 2019

Location: Charlotte, NC, US

Company: Gerdau

Gerdau is the leading company in the production of long steel in the Americas and one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world. With more than 45,000 employees, Gerdau has an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel and it is the largest recycler in Latin America, and around the world, it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. 


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 Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world-class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and metal processing facilities in Huntington, Indiana, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, Canton, Ohio, and North Vernon, Indiana.


With engineered steel bar producing capabilities in North America, Europe, Brazil, and soon to be India, the Gerdau Special Steel group is the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.



Job Description


Performs a variety of repetitive duties necessary to facilitate and coordinate the flow and identification of material through the rolling mill finishing department.  Also performs the complete range of duties in a regular finishing crew to provide relief periods for the respective occupants of operator positions involving straightening, shearing, stacking, and building operations and to troubleshoot and repair banding and tying machines.  Follows verbal instructions from pulpit operators and as indicated from observation of material process flow.



  1.     Work involves simple through moderately complex duties, somewhat repetitive in nature, requiring considerable care in accuracy, alertness, and safety.
  2.     Functions as a relief operator for all machines in the finishing department, requiring versatility to adequately carry out the normal machine operator duties for each of the jobs performed during the substitution period.
  3.     Work requires close attention and care in observing operations and in guiding or turning material to facilitate straightening, transfer stacking, or tying of products.
  4.     Requires care in making tying or strapping machine adjustments and in providing quick response to alleviate material jams and equipment malfunctions.
  5.     Operate tying/ strapping, bundle discharge, straightener entry machines and to secure bundles for storage or transfer.  Stock and feed machines with wire as necessary.
  6.     Function as a relief operator for stacker equipment.
  7.     Activate machines for spacing and placement of binding material and to secure bundles for storage or transfer.  Stock and feed machines with wire as necessary.
  8.     Observe material in process for obvious product blemishes, flaws, or short pieces.
  9.     Operate radio pendant overhead crane and forklift to assist in material movement or housekeeping activities.
  10.     During periods of continuous operation, perform troubleshooting activities associated with equipment failure of banding and tying machines and perform necessary routine or minor maintenance repairs within the scope of technical knowledge; also conduct daily maintenance inspection checks on banding and tying machines and perform preventive maintenance activities; coordinate the reloading of strapping and wiring material.
  11.     Perform other auxiliary duties to include staging parts and equipment such as straightener rolls, guides, etc., for changeovers and assisting finishing crew in completing changeover activities.
  12.     Assist maintenance personnel and operators in other preventive and breakdown maintenance, removing and cutting cobbles.
  13.     Prepare and attach identification tags, tie off heat and lot run ends, and occasionally count bundle pieces.
  14.     Prepare accurate simple add and subtraction hand-held measuring tools.
  15.     Multiplication and division to determine simple tonnage to pound conversion production records including piece count per bundle with explanation for overages or shortages, product length, and heat numbers.
  16.     Maintains close contact with rolling and finishing machine operators to determine and identify the start and finish of each heat and coordinates the changing of tags for each heat directly with the appropriate stacker operator.
  17.     Collect and review for accuracy previous shifts’ production report; calculate tonnage produced and forward copies and original to appropriate personnel or departments.


Additional Responsibilities:

  1.     Using hand tools and pry bars, remove bent, damaged, and shortened pieces from machines, conveyor system, transfer tables/ beds, and finished bundles.
  2.     Manually stack and band products as directed.
  3.     Detect and report faulty material, environmental hazards, and/ or improper operation of plant equipment or machinery; refer questionable and unusual matters to proper supervision.  Maintain work area and equipment in a clear and orderly fashion.  Follow all safety regulations and practices.


The Individual


High School Diploma or GED Equivalent

Work experience in an industrial setting a plus


Salary & Benefits


  •     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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