Project Engineer - Electrical

Date: Jul 13, 2024

Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas, 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 suppliers of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.



•    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


Coordinate plant construction activities as required for installation of new plant equipment or modification to existing equipment.  The construction coordination may involve maintenance personnel, production personnel, and/or outside contractors.  The Project Engineer will coordinate meetings as needed with the personnel who requested or will be affected by the new or modified equipment.  Before the installation or modification of the equipment the Project Engineer may request quotations, develop installation schedules, and assist with fabrication details.  This position must also ensure that the maintenance or construction personnel have accurate reference materials to install all equipment conduit, wiring, control desks, MCC’s switch gears, etc. required for a successful electrical outage.


The major challenge of this position is to ensure that equipment purchases and designs are durable, economical, and easy to fabricate and install.  Installation or modification of equipment is to be accomplished with the minimum amount of outage duration and be on or below the approved budget.


The Project Engineer job functions may involve high and low-voltage distribution systems and equipment, AC & DC drive systems, instrumentation and control, programmable logic and computer control, and electrical machinery.  Within these areas, work may include design specification, purchasing, supervision of construction and installation, commission, and troubleshooting of new or modified equipment.

Assist the Environmental Engineer, Sr. Project Engineer, and or Engineering Manager with miscellaneous environmental and engineering activities.


Some work items may require the services of outside engineering consultants.  In this case, this position will be involved in establishing design objectives, prepare engineering bid specifications, and competitively bid the work.  After receiving approval to perform the work the engineer will coordinate and monitor activities of the consultant to ensure equipment compatibility with the departments which will operate and maintain the new equipment.

Maintain equipment files and resource materials such as drawings, instruction manuals, test data, design criteria, and specifications.  These materials are to be organized to facilitate their use for three key purposes: as a maintenance aid, as a basis for equipment performance evaluation, and as a reference for new design and installation.  These resources are to be made available to maintenance personnel to maximize their value in troubleshooting, operations, and preventive maintenance.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • 5-6 years’ experience working in an industrial/manufacturing/construction environment
  • Experience with Allen Bradley control systems
  • Experience with WonderWare systems preferred
  • Experience with industrial automation troubleshooting and repair preferred
  • Willingness to travel, including internationally
  • Strong background in mechanical systems is preferred
  • Steel mill experience – preferred, but not required
  • Leadership skills - ability to manage construction vendors and contractors
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the workforce, contractors, and engineering leadership team.
  • Ability to manage projects and project paperwork.
  • Project management on Industrial Construction Projects is a plus.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office including Microsoft Project.
  • Electrical power distribution experience a plus
  • Auto CAD experience preferred
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to work with diverse populations and communication styles.
  • Strong organizational skills are key in this position.  Must have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and multi-task to be successful.
  • Ability to independently make accurate decisions and demonstrate good judgment.


The incumbent must perform the above-mentioned duties and responsibilities in accordance with all Federal, State, and Local environmental regulations. The statements above are intended to provide a general description of the nature and level of work to be performed by individual’s occupying this classification.  These are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, and duties required of personnel within the classification.

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. This position is open for domestic candidates only. 


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Nearest Major Market: Fort Smith