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Melt Shop Charging Crane Operator

Date Posted: Apr 9, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

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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.


At Gerdau our employees are the best in the business. We have high standards and our employees constantly strive to reach even higher levels of success. Gerdau's growth is based on our values and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, total safety in the workplace, a commitment to our stakeholders, employees, and communities, and profit.  Gerdau’s rewards are designed to start you off on your career with a balanced picture for both your short-term goals and your long-term success.


Job Summary:

Operate overhead crane to lift and transfer the scrap bucket from the scrap loading area to the furnace for charging. Transport raw materials to the floor, add alloys in the furnace/bins, perform electrode addition functions, and position furnace roof, shell, and equipment during maintenance activities.  Follow established material handling practices and procedures combined with directives from melt shop floor personnel.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Operate overhead crane to pick-up and transport scrap bucket from scrap loading area to the furnace for charging. 
    1. Lift, move, and position raw materials and refill material bins as needed.
    2. Perform electrode addition functions.
  2. Maintain prompt attention and service to avoid delays.
  3. Use judgment to plan, perform, and make decisions as to the sequence of material movement and handling procedures required to service melt shop area in a timely and efficient manner. 
  4. Exercise extreme care in picking up and transporting loads, clearing obstacles, and properly positioning lifts, in order to prevent swinging, production delays, and/or damage or injury to equipment or other employees.
  5. Manipulate or depress crane controls such as pedals/levers to regulate speed and direction of crane and hoist movement.
  6. Inspect crane for defective parts and notify supervisor of defects or malfunctions.
  7. Unload, transfer, and aid in placing equipment, parts, electrodes, and other supplies.
  8. May serve as a Relief Ladle Crane Operator when regularly assigned operator is unavailable.
  9. Perform other crane handling operations in the melt shop as directed according to operational requirements.
  10. May include removal of slag pot.


Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Perform routine equipment care, and record and inspect vehicles and mobile equipment, which may include fueling, cleaning, and checking/adding fluids as needed.
  2. Follow all PPE requirements, as well as safety rules and guidelines, for all tasks being performed.
  3. Assist in training of coworkers as needed.
  4. Maintain communication with coworkers through two-way radio and hand signals.
  5. Demonstrate ability and willingness to work as part of a self-directed team with limited supervision. 
  6. Maintain work areas and equipment in clean and orderly condition.
  7. Exhibit engagement in GBS tools and methodology.
  8. Assist maintenance personnel as needed.
  9. Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • HS Diploma or GED equivelant
  • Basic computer skills
  • 1-3 years of progressive overhead cab crane experience is required

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, reach, squat, tolerate prolonged standing/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.


Detect and report faulty material, environmental hazards, and/or improper operation of plant equipment or machinery. Refer questionable and unusual matters to proper supervision.  Maintain work area and equipment in a clear and orderly fashion.  Follow all safety regulations and practices.


Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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