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Mechanical Process Improvement Engineer

Date: Mar 14, 2023

Location: PETERSBURG, Virginia, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

THis position is for domestic candidates only.

Gerdau offers a range of long steel and special steel products from our network of mills across the United States and Canada. We do this as one of the largest recyclers in North America, and as one of the world's most environmentally responsible steel producers. Each year, Gerdau transforms millions of tons of scrap into new steel products, promoting sustainable development. We embrace innovative digital mindsets and provide our customers with outstanding steel products and services. Join us in shaping the future.


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 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.
  •  A Career Path System and Training 


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 
  • Annual 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 



Your Qualifications

  • 4-year college degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent technical degree.
  • Minimum 2 year of proven experience in industrial maintenance or engineering.
  • Strong communication Skills (verbal, written, listening) including ability to communicate effectively with all levels or organization and to articulate ideas
  • Basic understanding of steelmaking process
  • Ability to troubleshoot and maintain mechanical and hydraulic systems
  • Ability to troubleshoot failures using data acquisition systems and trending software
  • Knowledge of industrial mechanic components such as pumps, gearboxes, cylinders, fans, etc. and their failure modes
  • Previous Experience using CMMS such a SAP
  • Knowledge on Predictive Maintenance techniques, for instance Oil/Grease analysis, Vibration analysis, Ultrasound Analysis, Thermography, etc.
  • Experience on Lubrication and Centralized Lubrication Systems


Your Purpose:

You will be primarily responsible for seeking opportunities to implement solutions to improve the stability and productivity of the steelmaking process.  Additionally, you will collaborate with the operations, maintenance, and engineering teams to improve safety, equipment utilization, cycle time and product quality. This position reports directly to the Melt Shop Superintendent. 


Your Work:

  • Identify and solve problems that adversely affect plant performance (safety, productivity, cost, etc.)
  • Use technical knowledge and equipment documentation to develop preventive, predictive and routine maintenance programs.
  • Collaborate with the Operations, Maintenance and Engineering teams on analyzing failures and developing corrective actions plans.
  • Provide support to maintenance and operations including on-call and call-in duties when necessary.
  • Assist with planning, organizing, and managing area budget and expenditures.
  • Provide managerial and technical support for CAPEX projects (from development of scope to commissioning).
  • Monitor and update a comprehensive set of process parameters, equipment setpoints and performance metrics.
  • Train / coach mechanics, contractors, and operators to improve their equipment knowledge as well as troubleshooting abilities.
  • Provide oversite of contracted suppliers.
  • Collaborate with the Engineering department on the development of long-term strategy for new installations and equipment upgrades.
  • Provide support on planning and execution of maintenance outages.
  • Work individually and in teams on processes, practices, and equipment related projects.
  • Analyze data and create reports.
  • Prepare data sheets, diagrams, and flow charts for correct and efficient operation of the equipment.
  • Assist with and participate in the process team building efforts through participation in improvement activities.
  • Attend required training courses and conferences for technical and career development.
  • Share knowledge and lessons learned with peers (local as well as from other business divisions).

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 based on 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 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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