Industrial Fork Lift Operator

Date: Sep 12, 2023

Location: PETERSBURG, Virginia, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

This position is open to domestic candidates only.

Industrial Fork Lift Operator

Competitive pay - $61300 / year with incentives including hourly pay, biweekly production bonus, shift premiums, and 312 hrs of annual scheduled overtime.


Do you love to work outdoors and drive large equipment? Are you detail-oriented and knowledgeable about mobile equipment? Do you want to work in a rugged and exciting environment? Join us as we build the future and the Gerdau We Are Creating


We Have: 

  • A strong global presence with mini-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 automotive 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 
  • Bi-weeksy Bonus 
  • 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: 

  • Successful completion of entrance exam.
  • Mobile equipment or heavy equipment operation experience is preferred but not necessary. 
  • Flexibility to work a 12 hr rotating schedule with days, nights, and two weekends a month. 4/3 Dupont schedule.
  • Willingness to learn and self motivated.


Your Purpose:

You will be responsible for moving the finished product from the rolling mill to the staging area for outbound shipments with the use of mobile or material handling equipment. You will also assist in a variety of functions related to the Logistics Department including inventory and quality checks.


Your Work:

  1. Perform a variety of tasks, which are routine in nature, and require exercising care in the operation of mobile equipment, handling materials safely, and loading appropriate products in designated areas.
  2. Complete Gerdau safety training, forklift certification training and electric overhead crane training.
  3. Transfer stacked and bundled materials from end of rolling mill finishing operations to stock area:
    1. Store materials according to the product, grade, size, and heat number.
    2. Rotate warehouse stock materials to make room for new product
    3. Communicate material locations for inventory accuracy.
  4. Operate material handling equipment to lift, move, and position products.
  5. Observe items for conformity regarding product size, type, and length. Looks for quality issues that can be detected with the visible eye and reports issue to the Quality department.
  6. Assist in physical inventory counts and daily inventory spot checks.
  7. Ensure daily preventative maintenance is performed on vehicles and mobile equipment, which may include fueling, cleaning, and checking/adding fluids as needed.
  8. Assist in the training of coworkers as needed.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, reach, squat, tolerate prolonged standing or walking, balance, bend from trunk, operate mobile equipment, crawl, kneel, push, and pull objects.
  • Ability to frequently lift objects up to 15 lbs. and dunnage up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to frequently mount and dismount forklifts and cranes.
  • Have or will have passed an “applicable fit for duty” exam.



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. 


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