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Melt Shop Casting Operator

Date: Nov 8, 2020

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

Melt Shop Casting Operator

Do you have a working knowledge of manufacturing tools and procedures? Are you detail-oriented with a strong ability to analyze and solve issues?  Do you like operating equipment? Join us in our cultural and digital transformation to build the future and the Gerdau We Are Creating.


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 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. 


You Have:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • General math skills
  • Ability to follow instructions, interpret charts, read schedules, use measuring instruments, gauges, computers, and touch screens.
  • People leadership skills 
  • 1-3 years of industrial/manufacturing experience.
  • Ability to work a 12 hr rotating shift, days, nights, and two weekends a month.
  • Ability to tolerate extreme temperatures, 120 decibels noise level, working in cramped quarters, and heights.


Your Purpose:

To visually monitor computer screens and panels in the pulpit to operate Steel Pourer equipment and monitor the flow of liquid steel from the ladle to the tundish. To perform routine daily maintenance and inspections of equipment, cleaning, and stocking consumables.


Your Work:

  • Visually monitors computer screens and panels in the pulpit to operate Steel Pourer equipment and monitor the flow of liquid steel from the ladle to the tundish.
  • Makes “piggybacks” to swap empty ladles with full ladles during the continuous casting process.
  • Assists Caster operators and maintenance on down days.
  • Periodically use oxygen lances to open ladles and clean the tundish.
  • Performs routine daily maintenance/inspection of torches, lances, and other equipment.
  • Assist Caster operators during the start-up and shut down of casting sequences.
  • Set up tundishes and other equipment for future casting sequences.
  • Complete pre-start-up check sheets to assure the equipment is ready for operation.
  • Stock consumables, tools in the area according to 5S principles.
  • Performs daily preventative maintenance, record, and inspect vehicles/mobile equipment to include fueling, cleaning, checking, and adding fluid as needed.
  • Follows all PPE requirements, as well as safety rules and guidelines, for all tasks being performed.
  • Operates mobile equipment and overhead cranes using handheld controls to transfer product/material.
  • Maintains communication with coworkers through to-way radio and hand signals.
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to work as part of a self-directed team with limited supervision.
  • Maintains work area and equipment in clean and orderly condition following 5S methods.
  • Assists maintenance personnel as needed.
  • Assists in the training of coworkers as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned


Your Benefits:

  • Competitive pay starting at $16.52 hr with the opportunity to earn up to $20.94 after successfully completing 90 days. along with bonuses.
  • 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 


Nearest Major Market: Richmond