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Electric Arc Furnace Operator I

Date Posted: Apr 9, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

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Gerdau Long Steel North America is a leader in mini-mill steel production and steel recycling in North America, with an annual manufacturing capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons of mill finished steel products. Through a vertically integrated network of mini-mills, scrap recycling facilities and downstream operations, the company serves customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, offering a diverse and balanced product mix of merchant steel, rebar, structural shapes, fabricated steel, flat rolled steel and wire rod.


At Gerdau our employees are the best in the business. We have high standards and our employees constantly strive to reach even higher levels of success. Gerdau's growth is based on our values and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, total safety in the workplace, a commitment to our stakeholders, employees, and communities, and profit.  Gerdau’s rewards are designed to start you off on your career with a balanced picture for both your short-term goals and your long-term success.



Job Summary:

Primarily responsible for maintaining and stocking consumables for the Furnace, general housekeeping duties (includes 5S and cleaning), assisting other furnace operators as needed and may be responsible for collecting and running slag samples. 



Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Unload trucks and stock supplies and/or consumables.
  2. Operate/stock temperature and sampling device used to take temperatures, oxygen readings and steel samples.
  3. May also take care of slag pots/pits as needed (i.e clean out pits with shovels, water, et).
  4. Assist in maintaining refractory (patching or gunning).
  5. Maintain runner/tap hole.
  6. Build and add electrodes.
  7. Record data in production systems.
  8. Communicate with team members.


Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Perform daily preventative maintenance and maintain records and inspection on vehicles and mobile equipment, which may include fueling, cleaning, and checking/adding fluids as needed.
  2. Assist in training of coworkers as needed.
  3. Operate mobile equipment (may include overhead cranes) to transfer product and materials, while following all safety rules and regulations.
  4. Perform general 5S activities in the work area.
  5. Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Ability to read, write, and carry out instructions.
  • Specific working knowledge of the steelmaking process and basic math.
  • Ability to use simple specifications, dials, and gauges to regulate electricity and water flow.
  • Specialized experience in work on electric steel furnace.
  • People/leadership skills and ability to lead by example
  • Minimum of 6 months of manufacturing experience required. 


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.
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs.
  • Ability to reach, squat, and tolerate prolonged sitting.
  • Ability to lift objects of various dimensions and weights.
  • Ability to tolerate whole body vibration.
  • Ability to operate hand controls with both hands.
  • Ability to operate foot pedals with both feet.
  • Ability to perform sustained overhead reaching on occasional basis.
  • Ability to tolerate extreme ambient temperatures ranging from 0°F to 160°F.
  • 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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