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Controls Technician I (PLC Controls Technician)

Date: Apr 23, 2022

Location: Monroe, MI, US, 48161

Company: Gerdau

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.





The Controls Technician I analyzes job requests received from various departments for priority, material requirements and scope of project.








Primary responsibilities include: plan, coordinate, and perform all operations required to install, troubleshoot, maintain, repair, modify, construct, calibrate, test, service and program complex control systems in support of steel production and related plant operations.  Work involves an intermediate level of knowledge of programmable logic controllers, industrial control devices, electrical wiring, and principles of operation and application of equipment.


This job reports directly to the Routine Facilitator and indirectly to the Maintenance Lead.   


This job requires a minimum of 3 years experience in an industrial/manufacturing environment, with a strong machine electrical background and a completed Training Checklist for this job. This incumbent should possess basic computer literacy. The incumbent must also be able to pass a written test.




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 an intermediate level of 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 an intermediate level of 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.


Responsible to use CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) to create purchase orders and accomplish PM and work order procedures.


Conceive and implement long term solutions to repeating/reacquiring problems.


All other tasks assigned by management.


Responsible for departmental housekeeping.


Responsible for following all safety policies including the Cardinal Safety Rules.


Attend monthly safety and crew meetings.


Responsible for utilizing the Gerdau Business Systems and EMM concepts.


Responsible for and completing all required annual safety and environmental training.


Tasks which have significant environmental impacts are (i.e. Process pond water, spill prevention, containment and response, RCRA waste, KO61 Dust (bag house dust) PM’s, and calibration of equipment.


Employee is expected to know, understand, and follow all applicable Federal, State, and Local environmental legal requirements and practices.


Enforce environmental compliance to procedures, practices, and regulations within the department.


Ensure environmental compliance with all applicable Federal, State and Local regulations within the department.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Monroe
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit