Mechanic III - Hydraulic

Date: Sep 11, 2023

Location: PETERSBURG, Virginia, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

This position is open for domestic candidates only.

Starting pay $118000 / year which includes biweekly production bonus, shift premium, and scheduled overtime.


Mechanic III - Hydraulic

Are you a persistent person who enjoys identifying equipment issues and finding ways to resolve them? Are you detail-oriented with the ability to organize and prioritize? Do you like working in a team oriented and collaborative environment? Join us as we build the future and the Gerdau We Are Creating.


We Have: 

  • A strong global presence with steel 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 automobile 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-weekly 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:

  • 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 industrial mechanical maintenance experience.
  • Understanding of shop mathematics with the use of drawings, specifications, charts, tables, and precision measuring instruments.
  • Experience working in an industrial environment in a position containing a routine maintenance component.
  • Advanced knowledge of the following maintenance disciplines: AC/DC motors, gear box mechanics, lubrication principles, welding, cutting torch, NFPA 70E, and common maintenance hand tools.
  • Advanced knowledge of pumps, gear boxes, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, stick and tig welding and 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 SME 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. 
  • Position, fit, and weld components to assemble structural forms, machinery frames, plant equipment, attachments or accessories, and building parts according to blueprints or knowledge of structural and metal characteristics.  Utilize various specialty cutting and welding equipment.
  • 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.
  • Manage the activities of lower level maintenance employees on assigned projects.
  • 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 expert 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.
  • Coordinates the activities of other employees or contractors on assigned projects.
  • Interprets schematics/blueprints at an advanced level.
  • Research, specify, and help source equipment and parts. 


Physical Requirements:

  •  Ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, reach, squat, tolerate prolonged standing/walking, balance, bend, operate mobile equipment, crawl, kneel, and push and pull objects.
  • Reach, squat, and tolerate prolonged sitting.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to operate hand controls with both hands and foot pedals with both feet.
  • Ability to perform sustained overhead reaching.
  • Ability to work in extreme ambient temperatures up to 160°F.
  • Ability to work in cramped quarters and at heights.
  • Ability to work a rotating shift schedule including days, nights and weekends.
  • Ability to tolerate working in areas where noise levels can reach 120 decibels.


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 / 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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