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Casting Operator I

Date Posted: Jun 5, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

Job Summary:


This position is primarily responsible for the functions related to the Caster Steel Pourer. Visually monitors computer screens and panels in pulpit to operate Steel Pourer equipment and monitor the flow of liquid steel from the ladle to the tundish. Performs routine daily maintenance and inspections of Steel Pourer equipment.  Will involve cleaning of the area and stocking consumables.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Visually monitors computer screens and panels in pulpit to operate Steel Pourer equipment and monitor the flow of liquid steel from the ladle to the tundish.
  2. Makes “piggybacks” to swap empty ladles with full ladles during the continuous casting process.
  3. Assists Caster operators and maintenance on down days.
  4. Periodically use oxygen lances to open ladles and clean the tundish.
  5. Performs routine daily maintenance/inspection of torches, lances and other equipment.
  6. Assist Caster operators during the start-up and shut down of casting sequences.
  7. Set up tundishes and other equipment for future casting sequences.
  8. Complete pre-start-up check sheets to assure the equipment is ready for operation.
  9. Stock consumables, tools in area according to 5S principles.



Additional Responsibilities:


  1. Performs daily preventative maintenance, record and inspection on vehicles/mobile equipment to include fueling, cleaning, checking and adding fluid as needed.
  2. Follows all PPE requirements, as well as safety rules and guidelines, for all tasks being performed.
  3. Operates mobile equipment and overhead cranes using handheld controls to transfer product/material.
  4. Maintains communication with coworkers through to-way radio and hand signals.
  5. Demonstrates ability and willingness to work as part of a self-directed team with limited supervision.
  6. Maintains work area and equipment in clean and orderly condition following 5S methods.
  7. Assists maintenance personnel as needed.
  8. Assists in training of coworkers as needed.
  9. All other duties as assigned




  • High School Diploma or GED
  • General math skills, advanced problem solving, analytical skills, use charts, schedules, computer and touch screens in addition to follow instructions.
  • Requires interpretation in the use of adjustable controls in regulating the continuous process through interpretation of measuring instruments and gauges.
  • People leadership skills and ability to lead by example


1-3 years industrial/manufacturing experience preferred.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, reach, squat, tolerate prolonged standing/walking, balance, bend from trunk, operate mobile equipment, crawl, kneel, and push and pull objects.
  • Lift objects of various dimensions and weights.
  • Ability to use vibration tools.
  • Ability to operate hand controls with both hands.
  • Ability to perform sustained overhead reaching on occasional basis.
  • Ability to tolerate extreme ambient temperatures.
  • Ability to tolerate working in cramped quarters and at heights.
  • Ability to tolerate a swing shift work schedule.
  • Ability to tolerate working in areas where noise levels can reach 120 decibels.

Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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