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Melt Shop Operator

Date: Aug 14, 2022

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

Empowering people who build the future.

Melt Shop Operator

Competitive pay - $17.65 hr to start with a 90-day review plus bonuses from 12% to 25% of earned income. 

New Extra Bonus:  New Hires hired before November 1, 2022 will also receive a $2,000* bonus paid out in December 2022, based on pro-rated calculation of company active service. 


Do you have a working knowledge of manufacturing tools and procedures? Are you detail-oriented with the ability to organize and prioritize? Do you like operating heavy mobile 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. 


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 
  • 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: 

  • The desire to learn new roles and grow with the company
  • Ability to read, write, and follow instructions
  • Ability to use simple specifications, dials, and gauges to regulate electricity and water flow.
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 1 year of industrial or manufacturing experience to include operating heavy mobile equipment 
  • Flexibility to work a rotating 12 hr shift, days, nights and weekends 
  •  Ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, reach, squat, tolerate prolonged sitting, standing or walking, balance, bend, operate mobile equipment, crawl, kneel, lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in cramped quarters, heights, extreme temperature conditions.


Your Purpose:

Primarily responsible for maintaining and stocking consumables for the Furnace, general housekeeping duties (includes 5S and cleaning), assisting other furnace operators as needed and may be responsible for collecting and running slag samples. 


Your Work:

  • Unload trucks and stock supplies and/or consumables.
  • Operate/stock temperature and sampling device used to take temperatures, oxygen readings and steel samples.
  • May also take care of slag pots/pits as needed (i.e clean out pits with shovels, water, et).
  • Assist in maintaining refractory (patching or gunning).
  • Maintain runner/tap hole.
  • Build and add electrodes.
  • Record data in production systems.
  • Communicate with team members.


Nearest Major Market: Richmond