Predictive Maintenance Specialist

Date: May 29, 2023

Location: PETERSBURG, Virginia, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

This position is open to domestic candidates only.

Do you enjoy being a "boots on the ground" investigator and developing new ideas to solve problems and create continuous improvements that impact the mill operations? Are you organized, self-disciplined and analytical? Come join us as we build Gerdau and 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. 


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 Bonus 

  • Health Advocate Services 

  • Employee Assistance Program 

  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 

  • Career Advancement and Training 

  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create 


Your Qualifications:

  • Completed HS Diploma or Equivalent is a requirement.

  • A technical college diploma in electrical or mechanical discipline is preferred, but not required. 

  • A working knowledge of heavy manufacturing, with at least 5 years hands-on-experience in Predictive Maintenance as an Instrument Technician, Electrician or Mechanic.  

  • Initiative to stay abreast of current technology and recommending changes to effect continual improvement of production processes. 

  • Strong motivation to implement new technologies, champion predictive maintenance efforts, solve complex problems, possess project management skills and computer skills in order to improve reliability of mill operations. 

  • Ability to effectively communicate with a variety of personalities and interests to manage the interests of all parties while creating and modifying work procedures and equipment without compromise to safety, quality, cost or environment.

  • Ability to work Monday through Friday day shift. May be required to be on-call and must have high availability depending on the requirement of the operation or project being managed.


Your Purpose:

You will be responsible for both performance and analysis of condition-based maintenance surveys of electrical, mechanical and process equipment utilizing Predictive Methods. 


Your Work:

  • Perform condition based maintenance surveys on plant equipment using vibration, thermography, MCE, visual inspections, airborne, ultrasound and other techniques/technologies as appropriate.

  • Prepare written reports to document inspections and recommendations for preventive actions.

  • Support the training of maintenance and operations personnel in basic predictive practices.
  • Create Failure Modes Evaluation Analysis (FMEA) and predictive matrix using historical and current equipment data.
  • Develop maintenance plans and tasks that ensure a proactive process using the Computer Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).

  • Manage predictive work using a formal, systematic, and analytical approach.
  • Develop PdM routes and perform predictive services that facilitate continuous improvement through new condition monitoring and innovative approaches to production processes.
  • Apply predictive technologies to solve operational problems and implement permanent solutions.
  • Obtain and maintain a minimum Level II certification in vibration analysis and thermography: Level II certification and ultrasound along with an advanced MCE certificate.
  • Lead major failure incident investigations in area of responsibility as required.
  • Maintain test equipment and tools in a clean, safe, and functional condition at all times.
  • Approve and/or develop procedures and practices to use testing equipment such as laser alignment, balancing devices, etc.
  • Participate in the development of Annual Action Plans.
  • Ensure safety rules and requirements are followed in all work areas.
  • Monitor and report Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to support ARP assessment and improvement. 


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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