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Manufacturing Operator- Melt Shop

Date Posted: Aug 3, 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.


Job Summary:

Performs a limited variety of repetitive auxiliary and supplemental duties pertaining primarily to servicing the ladle metallurgy station, the casting machine billet run-out area, ladles, electric arc furnace, and the brick crew operations.  Follows clearly prescribed procedures and verbal instructions.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work will involve simple tasks, routine and physical in nature, requiring some care to safely use heavy tools in digging out ladles, shoveling materials, taking temperatures, and obtaining samples at the LMS station, and when operating the forklift and bobcat.
  • Assist LMS Operator when making alloy and slag additions, taking temperature, and assisting with lancing heats.
  • Assist the brick crew with removing refractories from used ladles, tundishes, etc. using heavy pry bars and pneumatic tools, shovel and dump out brick and slag refuse.
  • Assist in cleaning furnace and surrounding pit area, ladle car track area, tilt cylinders, casting spray changer, and billet run-out area during downtime using hand tools such as shovel, picks, crow bar, cutting torch, and broom.
  • Assist in hooking up, setting and unhooking ladles, materials, etc. in conjunction with crane.
  • Assist casting crew with torch cutting scrap billets when necessary.
  • Assist operator of trackmobile in switching scrap into stock house.
  • Assist furnace crew, ladle crew, and casting crew as necessary, cross-training in other melt shop jobs and performing other duties and assignments as required and directed. 
  • 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.

Qualifications Required:

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Work experience in an industrial or manufacturing setting
  • Ability to work a rotating shift


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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