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Equipment Assembler

Date Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

Empowering people who build the future.

About Us

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.  Gerdau is the largest recycler in the World. Each year, we transform millions of tons of scrap into steel that is used to build the future.


Why you'll love it here

At Gerdau it’s all about the people. Gerdau's growth is based on our purpose and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, our communities, and the World.  Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity.


Job Summary:

Use shop mathematics together with the use of drawings, specifications, charts, tables, and computer and precision measuring instruments. Training generally applicable to experience as machine tool operator and trades helper. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Read blue prints and manuals to obtain roll specifications.
  • Assume responsibility for assembly of straightener rolls, shear blades, and saw blades.
  • Inspect assembled rolls/guides for conformance to specifications and make adjustments as needed.
  • Rebuild old guides and rolls, first removing slag with scrapers, pry bars, cutting torches, or hammers.
  • Disassemble previously installed mill stands and install and align new rolls. 
  • Set and adjust bolts to position rolls on mill stands using wrenches and bars.
  • Assemble and grease mill stands using hand and pneumatic tools and operate the offline setup verification system.
  • Perform equipment changes related to building of the mill stands, which may include rolls, chocks, lubrication systems, water sprays, and guides.
  • Remove cobbles from mill stands.
  • Be responsible for roll/guides inventory control and validation. 
  • Ensure that consumable inventory levels are maintained and replenished.  
  • Assist and support mill changeovers and cobble removal.


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Perform routine equipment care, record and inspection on vehicles and mobile equipment, which may include fueling, cleaning, and checking/adding fluids as needed.
  • Operate overhead cranes to transfer product or materials.
  • Follow all PPE requirements and safety rules and guidelines for all tasks being performed.
  • Assist in training of coworkers as needed.
  • Maintain communication with coworkers through two-way radio and hand signals.
  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to work as part of a self-directed team with limited supervision. 
  • Maintain work areas and equipment in clean and orderly condition
  • Exhibit engagement in GBS tools and methodology.
  • Assist maintenance personnel as needed.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • General math skills, advanced problem solving, ability to multi-task, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to use charts, schedules, and touchscreens when applicable.
  • Interpretation in the use of adjustable controls in regulating the continuous process through interpretation of measuring instruments and gauges.
  • Acquired competency of all responsibilities under Roll Shop Utility position.
  • 1-3 years of experience in the Roll Shop is preferred. 


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, reach, squat, tolerate prolonged standing or walking, balance, bend, operate mobile equipment, crawl, kneel, and push and pull objects.
  • Ability to reach, squat, and tolerate prolonged sitting.
  • Ability to lift up to 35 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.


Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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