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Automation Process Engineer - Melt Shop

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

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.
  •  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 
  • 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 


Your Qualifications:

  • 4 year college degree in Electrical, Automation or Mechatronics Engineering
  • Minimum 2 year of proven experience in industrial automation.
  • Strong communication Skills (verbal, written, listening) including ability to communicate effectively with all levels or organization
  • Basic understanding of steelmaking process
  • Ability to troubleshoot and modify ABB robot logic
  • Ability to troubleshoot modify PLC logic using programs such as GE Proficy, Rockwell Studio 5000, and Siemens TIA Portal
  • HMI design and implementation using GE Cimplicity
  • Knowledge of industrial networking protocols such as, Ethernet IP, Modbus RTU, Profibus, Profinet, And Devicenet


Your Purpose:

Yo will primarily responsible for seeking opportunities to implement automation solutions to improve the stability and productivity of the steelmaking process.  You will collaborate with the operations, maintenance, and engineering teams to improve equipment utilization, cycle time and product quality. You will report directly to the Melt Shop Superintendentand be responsible for the oversight, contribution to, and support of all the safety, training, and development activities for employees of the location.


Your Work:

  • Responsible for programming and maintaining drives, HMIs, PLC's, and robots
  • Document and maintain process parameters and setpoints
  • Support development of level 1 and level 2 systems
  • Troubleshoot and analyze electrical maintenance problems using PLC software, and data acquisition systems
  • Provide support to maintenance and operations including on-call and call-in duties when necessary
  • Train / coach electricians, mechanics, and contractors to improve their equipment knowledge as well as troubleshooting abilities
  • Provide oversite of contracted Integrators or Suppliers
  • Provide managerial and technical support for CAPEX projects (from development of scope to commissioning)
  • Manage the data and image acquisition systems
  • Collaborate with the IT department in the management and maintenance of networks (switches, servers, and process computers)
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Maintenance teams on analyzing failures and developing corrective actions plans
  • Collaborate with the Engineering department on the development of long-term automation strategy for the area


Nearest Major Market: Richmond