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Controls Technician (PLC Controls Technician)

Date Posted: Jul 11, 2019

Location: Jackson, MI, US, 49203

Company: Gerdau

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About Us


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.


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


The Controls Technician I provides technical support for assigned department regarding troubleshooting using PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers), HMI’s (Human Machine-Interface) and related systems. The Controls Technician I provides troubleshooting of electrical, mechanical and automation related systems including hydraulics, pneumatics, drives, motors, wiring and field instrumentation.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Analyze job requests received from various departments for priority, material requirements and scope of project.
  • Installation, modification, monitoring, troubleshooting and repair of highly automated industrial control equipment.
  • Work with related diagnostic equipment tooling including: digital volt meters, data recorders, oscilloscopes, megohmmeters, and other tools and equipment.
  • Have a basic understanding of various operating systems and software utilized within programmable logic control systems and human machine interfaces with the ability to make online/offline changes.
  • Verifies and adjusts plant instrumentation; routinely checks responsible area control systems; Assists with program and control upgrades.
  • Work with other departments on projects, i.e., new equipment installations and overhauling or upgrading existing equipment to ensure maximum safe operating conditions.
  • Work closely with electricians to ensure timely and uniform equipment installations and upgrades.
  • Work closely with production and maintenance personnel in providing the systematic maintenance of controls and instrumentation.
  • Work closely with plant engineering, vendors, service technicians and field engineers to remain current on the latest control equipment and techniques.
  • Have a basic knowledge and understanding of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, fluidic, and electrical systems and components and how they operate.
  • Maintain computers and peripherals associated with plant industrial control systems.
  • Able to understand electrical drawings and schematics with the ability to maintain and update (Auto-CAD experience preferable).
  • Respond to emergency calls involving equipment breakdowns that affect production and/or quality of end product.
  • Conceive and implement long term solutions to repeating/reacquiring problems.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.


The incumbent is responsible for his/her safety as well as his/her colleagues, seeking continuous improvement related to employee’s health and safety, environment and the process efficiency and customer’s satisfaction with the quality of products and services. All efforts must be directed for preventive actions.



The Individual


  • Must have GED or High school Diploma
  • Experience in an industrial/manufacturing environment is preferred, but not required
  • This incumbent should possess basic computer literacy
  • The incumbent must also be able to pass a written test.



Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor

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