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Controls Engineer

Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Jackson, MI, US, 49203

Company: Gerdau

Empowering people who build the future.

Location: Jackson, MI and Huntington, IN 



Controls Engineer will provide technical coordination and support for implementing and sustaining Controls and Automation efforts to improve safety, equipment reliability, and product quality at optimum efficiency and costs by:

  1. Software and hardware engineering support.
  2. PLC programming & hardware architecture.
  3. Basic electrical and electronic troubleshooting.
  4. Collect, analyze, and interpret operational data.   
  5. Implement improved engineering designs and procedures through collaboration with operations, maintenance, engineering, and suppliers. 
  6. Ensure the integrity of the Computer Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and standard procedures.
  7. Participate in the development of the Annual Action Plans.
  8. Provide guidance to maintenance personnel regarding automation initiatives


 Controls Engineer is a technical resource with activities that require engineering and/or maintenance based experience in mechanical and/or electrical equipment, preferably those used in steel manufacturing processes and facilities. This position will manage special projects and engineering activities to improve equipment reliability, optimize maintenance costs, and reduce equipment downtime.  The position will participate in annual outage planning processes to minimize downtime and ensure all maintenance performance will achieve equipment reliability.  Due to the nature of manufacturing operations the incumbent may be required to be on-call, and must be available for specific operations or projects. Some travel may be required for training and to support projects.


Qualifications for this position include a four-year college degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, or Automation Engineering, combined with a minimum of five years of applicable experience in a manufactoring setting.  The candidate must have experience in implementation of Industry 4.0 initiatives, and in Level 1 and Level 2. The candidate must demonstrate board knowledge of asset reliability technology and systems, with a working knowledge of heavy manufacturing. The incumbent should also possess a solid knowledge of engineering concepts, and techniques.  The successful applicant must solve complex problems, demonstrate project management skills, have a strong motivation to lead, and have a proven track record of delivering results.  


The Controls Engineer reports to the Finishing Operations Superintendent. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining the maintenance manuals, standard maintenance operating procedures, CMMS, equipment reliability databases, and other maintenance related software systems. The incumbent will organize and conduct training programs for maintenance personnel regarding equipment testing and operation, new software, methodologies, and procedures. This position requires the ability to effectively communicate with associates at all levels within the organization.  


The incumbent must perform the above mentioned duties and responsibilities in accordance with all Federal, State,  and Local environmental regulations, as well as company policies and procedures.  Employees must also report any situation that may have a detrimental impact to human health or the environment to their immediate supervisor.


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: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor