Caster Operator

Date: Jul 8, 2024

Location: PETERSBURG, Virginia, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

Caster Operator

Do you have a working knowledge of manufacturing tools and procedures? Are you detail-oriented with the ability to organize and prioritize? Do you like trouble shooting and solving problems? Join us as we build the future and the Gerdau We Are Creating.


$63000 - $73000 / year which includes biweekly hourly pay( $19.72 hr after 90 days $22.91 hr), production bonus, shift premium, and 312 hours of annual overtime built into the schedule. 


We Have:

  • A strong global presence with mills that transform millions of metric tons of raw material to produce steel beams, flat-rolled steel, merchant bar, rebar, spikes, and wire used by the auto industry, appliance, construction, machinery, and equipment industries.    
  • A culture that welcomes diversity, encourages innovation and creates products that serve humanity.  
  • An environment that values teamwork, safety, and sustainability. 
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and the belief that we can create a better future for our employees and our global community by investing in people, processes, and technology. 


 We Offer:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans – Eligible upon 1st day of hire 
  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account) 
  • 100% Matching 401K up to 6% 
  • Life/Accidental Life Insurance 
  • Parental Leave
  • Bonuses 
  • Health Advocate Services 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Career Path System and Training 
  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create 


You Have:

  • Must pass entrance exam. 
  • 1-3 years industrial/manufacturing experience.
  • Flexibility to work a 12hr rotating shift, days, nights and two weekends a month. (Dupont Schedule) 

  • General math skills, advanced problem solving, analytical skills, use charts, schedules, computer and touch screens in addition to follow instructions.
  • Ability to use adjustable controls in regulating the continuous process through interpretation of measuring instruments and gauges.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a self-directed team with limited supervision.
  • People leadership skills and ability to lead by example


Your Purpose:

You will be responsible for monitoring computer screens and panels in the pulpit to operate the Steel Pourer equipment and monitoring the flow of the liquid steel from the ladle to the tundish. You will also maintain the area and stock consumables.


Your Work:

  • Make “piggybacks” to swap empty ladles with full ladles during the continuous casting process.
  • Assist Caster Operators and maintenance on down days, start-up and shut down of casting sequences.
  • Periodically use oxygen lances to open ladles and clean the tundish.
  • Perform routine daily maintenance/inspection of torches, lances and other equipment.
  • Set up tundishes and other equipment for future casting sequences.
  • Complete pre-start-up check sheets to assure the equipment is ready for operation.
  • Stock consumables and maintain tools in the area according to 5S principles.
  • Perform daily preventative maintenance, record and inspections on vehicles/mobile equipment to include fueling, cleaning, checking and adding fluid as needed.
  • Operate mobile equipment and overhead cranes using handheld controls to transfer product/material.
  • Maintain communication with coworkers through to-way radio and hand signals.



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. 


If you are vision-impaired or have some other disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act / Accessible Canada 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

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