Mechatronics Automation Engineer

Date: Feb 1, 2024

Location: Petersburg, Virginia, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

Looking for a career that offers you freedom in being creative and a variety in your work? Are you looking for a better opportunity to work on new projects and analyze trends in a manufacturing environment? 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 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 experience programming manufacturing PLC required 
  • 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 ladder logic in a manufacturing environment
  • 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


Desired Skills:

  • Advanced familiarity with several of the following platforms:
    • GE innovation series controllers
    • Toshiba NV controllers
    • RX3i controllers
    • GE Genius Block I/O networks
    • IBA Analytical tools
    • Siemens S7/TIA
    • ABB LV and MV drives
    • GE Cimplicity
    • Allen Bradley PLC
    • Computer networking
    • Cisco switching/router configuration
  • Solid understanding of computer programming and software development
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage projects effectively
  • Ability to communicate well with operators, maintenance, and members of the leadership team


Your Purpose:

The Electrical Automation Engineer is 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:

  • Lead initiatives to improve Human Machine Interface (HMI) based on operational needs.
  • Lead initiatives to improve automation stability.
  • Lead action plan items to help eliminate delays due to automation and automated processes.
  • Be engaged in the process to find and address opportunities for increased throughput, improved instrumentation, improved reliability of existing instrumentation, and improved system response to instrument feedback.
  • Continue to improve the alarm reporting and functionality for the operator and maintenance.
  • Collect, analyze, and report asset performance and work with teams to implement methods to improve performance and sustain existing efficiencies.
  • Develop solutions and provide recommendations for major equipment modifications, renovations, installations, additions, and replacements to facilitate continuous improvement.
  • Support planning and scheduling standard processes to effectively execute all down-days and outages.
  • Participate in Failure Analysis on maintenance and operational issues.
  • Assist with Annual Action Planning process.


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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