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Hydraulic Engineer

Date Posted: May 23, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau


For Gerdau, a Company with over 118 years of history and over 30,000 employees in 10 countries, the business culture is about all the multiple identities and the practice of values by each of its employees. 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. We are the largest recycler in the world. Each year, we transform millions of tons of scrap into steel that is used to build the future. Gerdau is a publicly traded company listed on the São Paulo, New York and Madrid stock exchanges.


This position will collaborate with the Rolling Mill Maintenance Engineer, Reliability Engineers, Planners, and department leadership to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of all aspects within Rolling Mill Maintenance specifically in regard to Hydraulics. The major role of this job is to focus on the integration, execution, and continuous improvement of the reliability practices including preventive/predictive inspections, spare parts management, failure treatment, maintenance planning/scheduling/execution and act as a change agent to help achieve a higher level of results in Rolling Mill Maintenance. 

Primary Duties:

  • Develop solutions that facilitate continuous improvement through new designs and innovative approaches to the reliability and maintenance processes
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership to solve problems and provide recommendations for equipment modifications, renovations, installations, additions and replacements
  • Collaborate with Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering for equipment upgrades and Capital Expenditures (CAPEX)
  • Identify and solve chronic equipment failures
  • Establish work procedures for corrective and preventive/predictive maintenance programs
  • Supervise maintenance technicians and contractors during planned downdays and outages for equipment repair and onsite activities
  • Monitor completion of Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Predictive (PdM) work orders within specifications
  • Manage and prioritize Mechanical Maintenance Work Order backlog in CMMS (SAP)



  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, or equivalent experience with the preference given to Hydraulics, Mechanical, or Manufacturing Engineering
  • 5+years’ experience in rolling mill maintenance
  • Subject Matter Expert in hydraulics maintenance
  • Experience leading or coordinating hourly employees & contractors
  • Experience with Equipment Reliability Process and Practices
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to adjust to shifting priorities
  • Ability to diagnose technical problems



  • Must be self-motivated
  • Demonstrated history of having a hands-on shop floor approach
  • Ability to lead, influence and drive change
  • Ability to coach and train Operational, Maintenance and Leaders
  • Cross-cultural understanding and ability to understand different working culture and practices
  • Solid interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively and constructively in a dynamic and changing work environment
  • Willingness to work non-routine work schedule
  • Must have excellent communication skills and fluency in English; clear and concise verbal and written skills
  • Ability to serve as a coach to employees and possess good interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to articulate ideas, provide feedback, resolve conflicts, and point out areas where improvement is needed



  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans
  • 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




Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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