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Maintenance Reliability Engineer

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

This position is open for domestic candidates only.

Gerdau offers a range of long steel and special steel products from our network of mills across the United States and Canada. We do this as one of the largest recyclers in North America, and as one of the world's most environmentally responsible steel producers. Each year, Gerdau transforms millions of tons of scrap into new steel products, promoting sustainable development. We embrace innovative digital mindsets, and provide our customers with outstanding steel products and services. Join us in shaping the future.


We Have:

  • A strong global presence with mini-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 
  • Bonuses 
  • Health Advocate Services 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Career Path System and Training 
  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create 


You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred plus 3-5 years of heavy industrial maintenance experience OR no degree with 8-10 years of  heavy industrial maintenance experience.
  • Must have a working knowledge of manufacturing methods and techniques involving the use of mill machinery and related equipment, preferably in a steel making environment.
  • Experience with 3D Inventor and AutoCad is a plus.
  • Must have the ability to manage multiple improvement initiatives in the maintenance areas (Project Management or Agile Development a plus).
  • Ability to train people and serve as a coach to employees that are not direct reports.
  • Possess solid presentation abilities combined with good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Must possess good communication skills, proven ability to articulate ideas, give feedback, resolve conflicts, and point out areas where improvement is needed, as well as the ability to develop a positive relationship with employees to develop credibility.
  • Must be results-oriented and proven ability to motivate others.
  • Willingness to be on call during nights and weekends which could occur 10% of the time.


Your Purpose:

You will assist the site Improvement Facilitators, Routine Facilitators, department superintendents, and plant management in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of all improvement aspects within their area of responsibility. The major role of this job is to focus on continuous improvement and integration of improvement principles, technical and engineering principles, identifying best practices, consistent application of the Gerdau Business System, and act as a change agent to help achieve a higher level of results within the assigned location by utilizing and implementing improvement processes. You will primarily be focused on predictive and preventative maintenance as well as FMEA.  You will work in a steel manufacturing maintenance improvement capacity with no direct reports.


Your Work:

  • Develop, implement, and coordinate new as well as adjusting existing standards, structures, systems, and equipment in the Rolling Mill department.
  • Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of all improvement aspects and reaching improvement through the application of the available methods and tools provided through Gerdau's Business Systems and improvement principles in conjunction with the use of technical and engineering principles.
  • Assist management with the Annual Action Plan and the administration of established policies, procedures, and processes.
  • Responsible for participating in CAPEX projects and compiling and analyzing project data with a moderate level of budgetary and CAPEX related expenditures as needed to support CAPEX initiatives.
  • Provide oversight, contributions, and support of standardization processes, 5S initiatives, failure analysis, results-oriented management, and other process improvement methodologies. 
  • This position does not have direct reports, but does require leadership and influence of other to achieve the desired results



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.


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