Industrial Automation Engineer

Date: May 19, 2024

Location: Petersburg, Virginia, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to work on a variety of new projects and analyzing trends in a manufacturing environment? Are you curious, imaginative, and like to plan in advance? Join Gerdau and experience an empowering and open culture with a real opportunity to grow and create your future. 


Earning potential of $85000 - $145000 / year depending on technical experience plus an annual bonus


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 auto 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 
  • Short Term & Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Annual Bonus 
  • Health Advocate Services 
  • Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Career Path System and Training 


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics or Electrical Engineering with 3-5 years manufacturing experience OR in lieu of education, 10 years work manufacturing experience programming PLC's.
  • Strong knowledge of AC/DC controls and motors and drives.
  • Ability to oversee electrical products, equipment, systems, etc. including elements of design, implementation, maintenance, and operational and safety standards.
  • Prior experience with programming PLCs and developing ladder logic on Rockwell and Siemens S7-1516. 
  • Solid understanding of PLC communication protocols (Profibus and Profinet preferred).
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment problems resulting from automation, communication, or HMI issues and implement strong corrective measures.
  • Must be comfortable using MS Office, data acquisition software (IBA/PDA preferred).
  • Must be willing to work in both an office setting and hands on in the field.

Your Purpose:

You will be responsible for rolling mill automation, training, troubleshooting major failures, software back-up, research, development, improvement and testing of electrical/electronic components, equipment, and systems. The position works closely with production and maintenance personnel, as well as management to ensure continuous operation and continuous improvement of equipment, and processes.  The position reports to the Maintenance General Foreman.


Your Work:

  • Modify PLCs to help support the operations process, with PLC experience on one or more of the following:
    • GE innovation series controllers
    • Toshiba NV controllers
    • RX3i controllers
    • GE Genius Block I/O networks
    • Siemens S7/TIA
    • Allen Bradley PLC
  • Modify HMI to help support the operations process, with HMI programming experience on one or more of the following:
    • GE Cimplicity
    • Ignition
    • WIN CC
    • Rockwell Automation
  • Electrical and network experience on one or more of the following:
    • IBA Analytical tools
    • Computer networking
    • Cisco switching/router configuration
    • ABB LV and MV drives



Keywords: BSEE, Electrical Engineer, Automation Engineer, Controls Engineer, Process Engineer, automation, programming, control systems, PLC, HMI, SCADA, hydraulics, pneumatics, AC/CD, drives, motors, steel, metals, manufacturing

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.


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