Mobile Equipment Operator I - Roanoke

Date: Jun 14, 2024

Location: Roanoke, Virginia, US, 24014

Company: Gerdau

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Job Summary:


Operate all mobile equipment including loaders, man-lifts, forklifts, and dump trucks to transfer material.  Assist other Scrap Operations personnel as instructed.   


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Operate mobile equipment including loaders, man-lifts, forklifts, and dump trucks to lift and transport materials. 
  2. Perform daily preventative maintenance on vehicles and mobile equipment, which includes fueling, cleaning, and checking/adding fluids as needed.
  3. Demonstrate ability to perform minor mechanical repairs to mobile equipment.
  4. Visually inspect scrap for non-conformities.
  5. Load fluff trucks, shipping trucks, and railcars with various types of scrap in a timely manner.
  6. Ensure loads are within the safe load capacity of each truck.
  7. Maintain material in feed hoppers at an adequate operating level.


Additional Responsibilities:


  1. Operate a torch to cut a variety of heavy and oversized scrap to be processed by the Shredder.
  2. Inspect head pulleys and tail pulleys on conveyors prior to startup and monitors belts throughout the day.  Communicate problems to responsible personnel.
  3. Follow all PPE requirements and safety rules and guidelines for all tasks being performed.
  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.




  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Basic computer and math skills. 


2-4 years of mobile equipment experience is preferred.  



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 70 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.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.



Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity related to all employees and applicants for employment. It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or other legally protected status. All external applicants must be legally eligible to immediately work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.  

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Nearest Major Market: Roanoke