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Process Engineer

Date: Sep 10, 2021

Location: Fort Smith, AR, US, 72916

Company: Gerdau


About Us

At Gerdau, it's all about the people. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity. We value teamwork, safety, and sustainability. We are committed to continuous improvement and believe we can create a better future for our employees and our Global community by investing in people, processes, and technology. We offer Global opportunities, competitive benefits, flexible work schedules, opportunities for career development and more. Join us in our cultural & digital transformation, and helps us build the future at the Gerdau We Are Creating.


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 a metal processing facility in Huntington, Indiana.


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


The Process Engineer provides technical coordination and support in the steel making processes by overseeing the process, practice and equipment monitoring, stabilization, and improvements through;

  • Developing and refining operating procedures.
  • Processing sample and data collection and interpretation.
  • Implementation of new technology.
  • Technical training and development of operations personnel.
  • Supporting process improvement and optimization.
  • Technical Studies to support CAPEX investments.
  • Implementing Best Practices.
  • Developing and executing Annual Action Plans.
  • Participating in Technical Committees and benchmarking.


This position serves as a corporate resource providing advisory or consulting capacity, serves as a coach to all levels of employees, contractors, and plant management.  This position is primarily responsible for developing, refining, and communicating the strategies and operating information needed to optimize productivity while ensuring the efficient and cost-effective production of the final product.



  • Work individually and in teams on the process, practice, and equipment-related projects at their assigned location.
  • Collect, correlate and report operational information and data for their assigned location.
  • Prepare datasheets, diagrams, and flow charts for correct and efficient operation of the equipment.
  • Provide preliminary engineering services for department projects and cost justification.
  • Assist with preparing programs for the computer control systems.
  • Review, develop, and improve operating procedures and train plant personnel and contractors in operational improvements.
  • Coordinate with supervision during routine operations, and assist in solving production anomalies in the operations process.
  • Assist with and participate in the process team-building efforts through participation in improvement activities.
  • Participate in the training and development of operational supervision and hourly employees.
  • Attend required training courses for technical and career development and actively participate in the Knowledge Management Community.


Qualifications for this position include a four-year college degree in Engineering or a related field combined with 3 to 5 years of industrial experience.  The successful candidate must be able to apply engineering fundamentals to the continuous improvement efforts of production and maximize the efficiency of the overall department operation. 


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



Salary and Benefits

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

Nearest Major Market: Fort Smith