Hydraulic Mechanic

Date: Jun 28, 2024

Location: PETERSBURG, Virginia, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

Earning potential based on trade experience - $89000- $108000 / year which includes hourly pay, biweekly production bonus, and up to 10 hr of weekly overtime.  Monday - Friday, day shift.


Hydraulic Mechanic

Work with a steel industry leader and apply your mechanical background to a long-lasting and impactful career at Gerdau. Your work will be essential in helping us roll steel products that meet the highest standards of quality around the world in a variety of industries such as auto, appliance, construction, agriculture, machinery, and equipment.  Join Gerdau and experience an empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create your future.


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 
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Biweekly Bonus 
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Health Advocate Services 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Career Path System and Training 


Qualifications Required:

  • AAS in industrial maintenance and maintenance reliability certifications are preferred.
  • Verifiable maintenance technical training:
    • Possess advanced certifications in hydraulics, pneumatics, gearboxes or drivetrains; and
    • Possess the Level 1 (PdM) predictive maintenance certification in vibration and laser alignment
  • 8 to 10 years of heavy equipment, industrial hydraulic mechanical maintenance experience.
  • Ability to work Monday - Friday day shift
  • Understanding of shop mathematics with the use of drawings, specifications, charts, tables, and precision measuring instruments.
  • Advanced knowledge of the following maintenance disciplines: AC/DC motors, gear box mechanics, lubrication principles, cutting torch, NFPA 70E, and common maintenance hand tools.
  • Advanced knowledge of pumps, gear boxes, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, rigging principles (heavy load calculations). 
  • Thorough understanding of lubricants (gear box, couplings, bearings).
  • Applicable PDM training – i.e. laser alignment and vibration


Your Purpose:

You will be the subject matter expert for the department in the field of hydraulics/pneumatics or gearboxes/drivetrains. You will perform maintenance necessary to keep plant, equipment, machinery, and tools in good operating condition. You will troubleshoot basic mechanical assemblies to evaluate whether a pump, gearbox, hydraulic system or pneumatic system can be repaired or needs to be replaced, whether to replace or repair worn parts, and amount of lubrication needed.


Your Work: 

  • Work from drawings, sketches, wiring diagrams, machine operation and maintenance manuals, work order requests, and oral instructions to install, adjust, repair, and perform assigned maintenance duties. 
  • Troubleshoot and service pumps, gear boxes, motors, cranes, and hydraulic, and pneumatic systems as needed at an advanced level.
  • Periodically inspect conditions of plant operating machines and equipment for preventative maintenance purposes. Inspect and perform routine equipment care on all shop machinery, mobile equipment, and cranes.
  • Tear down, replace, repair, install, and assemble simple equipment parts, components, and accessories.
  • Cut, bend, and thread conduit, pipe, and tubing.
  • Maintain specified records of work performed, details of repairs, and material usage. 
  • Use knowledge and training in hydraulics/pneumatics or gearboxes/drivetrains to troubleshoot, repair, install, assemble, or disassemble complex mechanical assemblies or precision equipment at an advanced level. 
  • Works with local leadership, maintenance teams and suppliers to recommend and implement solutions that produce cost-savings, efficiency improvements or simplifications to equipment or processes. 
  • Must have the knowledge and ability to plan, perform and lead pneumatic, hydraulic, gearbox or drivetrain projects.
  • Interprets schematics/blueprints at an advanced level.
  • Research, specify, and help source equipment and parts. 




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 recruiting@gerdau.com


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