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Date: Mar 8, 2023

Location: Lynchburg, Virginia, US, 24506

Company: Gerdau

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.

Job Summary:

Operates heavy mobile equipment specific to an operating area (Shredder or Retail II) to include a mobile crane with a hydraulic grapple or mobile shear to load, unload, process and handle all scrap material received.  Unload shreddable material from incoming trucks and load scrap from existing piles onto the Shredder infeed conveyor.  Utilize the mobile shear to process and cut oversized scrap.  Directly responsible for maximizing productivity of Shredder and Retail II Operations.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for safely operating mobile equipment to include hydraulic grapple crane, mobile shear, magnet crane, and all other mobile equipment.    
  2. Duties involve prompt attention and service to avoid delays. Requires the use of judgment to plan, perform, and make decisions as to the sequence of material movement and handling procedures required to service the Shredder in a timely and efficient manner. 
  3. Exercises extreme care in picking up and transporting loads, clearing obstacles and properly positioning lifts to prevent swinging, production delays, and/or damage or injury to equipment or employees. Maintains heightened awareness of surroundings at all times to include pedestrians, mobile equipment, rail traffic, etc.
  4. Inspect scrap for any non-conforming material for quality, grade, and safety purposes.  This inspection process is critical to the operation and requires constant attention in order to avoid downtime and equipment damage. 
  5. Operate the shear to cut oversized material to an acceptable size to be sent directly to the Shedder and/or blend yard. 
  6. Inspect shear head and associated equipment to ensure shear is in proper working order. 
  7. Sort and separate scrap according to grade in order to properly maintain scrap piles for inventory control.
  8. Watch operation of surrounding conveyors and equipment, and communicate any problems to responsible personnel.
  9. Perform routine equipment care such as lubrication, greasing, fueling and cleaning of mobile equipment.       

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Monitor all loads and material for potential fire hazards.
  2. Follows all PPE requirements and safety rules/guidelines for all tasks being performed.
  3. Maintains communication with coworkers through two-way radio and hand signals.
  4. Work independently and as part of a self-directed team with limited supervision. 
  5. Maintains work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition.
  6. Engagement in GBS tools and methodology.
  7. Complete training requirements to step up to the next job grade.
  8. Assists maintenance and operations personnel as needed.
  9. All other duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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.


Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity for all and the importance of each employee and applicant as an individual. It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, creed, colour, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities, or other legally protected status. All external applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.

If you need support or accommodation due to disability, please contact the Gerdau Talent Acquisition Team.



This position is open to domestic candidates only.

Nearest Major Market: Lynchburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia