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Automation Technologist

Date Posted: Jul 27, 2019

Location: Whitby, ON, CA

Company: Gerdau

About Us

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.  Gerdau is the largest recycler in the World. Each year, we transform millions of tons of scrap into steel that is used to build the future.


Why you'll love it here

At Gerdau it’s all about the people. Gerdau's growth is based on our purpose and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, our communities, and the World.  Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity.


Job Description:

The individual will be responsible for troubleshooting electrical malfunctions and performing preventative and corrective maintenance on electrical equipment. They will also document and implement changes to PLC programs, electrical schematics, AC/DC drives, HMI’s and various sensors/transducers.  


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Applies electrical theory to test and modify electrical equipment
  • Responsible for analysis of electrical malfunctions or failure of industrial machinery.
  • Assists in developing preventive and corrective maintenance routines.
  • Reduce / eliminate electrical related production delays and facilitate improvement activities with production and maintenance departments.
  • Installs and commissions new electrical equipment and components
  • Directs staff performing routine electrical installation and maintenance duties
  • Plans, directs, and records results of periodic electrical testing, and recommends or initiates modification or replacement of equipment which fails to meet acceptable operating standards
  • Assists in coordinating contractor activities.
  • Develops standardized forms, work instructions, procedures, job aids, and tool kits.
  • Actively participate in all safety programs to improve departmental well-being.
  • Promote safety and environmental consciousness throughout the facility.
  • Ensure a clean and safe work environment.

The Individual:

  • 3 year diploma or 4 year degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Automation or related field.
  • 1+ years experience as an Automation or Electrical Engineering Technologist in a manufacturing or industrial environment
  • Knowledge in industrial networking (ie. Profibus, Ethernet, DeviceNet, ControlNet, etc)
  • Proficient in MS Office, AutoCAD, Wonderware and various other Automation software
  • Experience with Modicon and Allen Bradley PLC’s is preferred.
  • Strong communications skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong time management skills and ability to adjust to shifting priorities
  • Ability to work rotating shifts


Salary & Benefits:

  • Medical and Prescription
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Pension/RSP plan
  • Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


Application Process:

Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity for all and the importance of each employee and applicant as an individual.  It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, creed, colour, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities, or other legally protected status.  All external applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.


If you need support or accommodation due to disability, please contact the Gerdau Talent Acquisition Team at (866) 788-2798 or

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