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Scrap Operations Operator

Date Posted: Jan 11, 2019

Location: Midlothian, TX, US

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, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, Canton, Ohio, and North Vernon, 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.



Duties & Responsibilities


  • Oversees the operation of the metal shredding mill from the pulpit.
  • Uses manual controls/knobs to tend to the conveyor system that controls the shredding of scrap.
  • Visually monitors amount of material processing through the shredder mill.
  • Monitors computer screens to check motor temperatures, bearing temperatures, and water-flow.
  • Operates cutting torch.
  • Takes material weight readings and records data.
  • Visually monitors television screens, which depict everything taking place around the shredder.
  • Communicates and directs coworkers through two-way radio and hand signals.
  • Immediately notifies supervisor of defects or malfunctions.
  • Assist with maintenance/clean-up as needed.



The Individual


Physical Requirements: 


  • Ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, reach, squat, tolerate prolonged standing/walking, balance, bend from trunk, walk up inclines, operate mobile equipment, crawl, kneel, and pull hoses/ropes.
  • Lift objects of various dimensions and weights.
  • Ability to operate hand controls with both hands.
  • Ability to operate foot pedals with both feet.
  • Ability to perform sustained overhead reaching.
  • Ability to operate vibration tools and equipment.
  • Ability to work in cramped quarters and at heights.
  • Ability to tolerate all environmental weather conditions.
  • Ability to work in areas with the potential for high noise levels.
  • Ability to tolerate a swing shift work schedule.
  • Successfully complete Pulmonary Function Testing and ability to utilize a respirator.





  • High school degree or equivalent.
  • People leadership skills and ability to follow direction and lead by example.
  • Ability to teach.
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Ability to perform well in a “TEAM” environment.
  • Self-motivator.



Salary & Benefits


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



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

Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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