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Quality Technician

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Wilton, IA, US, 52778

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 Summary:

Perform Metallurgical Services functions through chemical analysis of heat samples, hot billet inspection and inventory control,  and coordinating billet hot charging.  Maintain and operate spectrometer,  Leco analyzer, and related equipment to test the chemical composition of heats from melting and casting.  Disposition non conforming heats as needed.  Maintain and operate the slag analyzer and related equipment for determination of slag composition in melting.  Inspect hot billets at the caster for surface and dimensional conformity to orders.  Coordinate hot charging of heats with the mill.  Analyze product grade change samples to maintain traceability during rolling.   Record, verify and submit submit test and inspection results to supervisor.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare and perform chemistry tests for samples taken from EAF, ladle, and billets.  Verify and communicate test results to Melter and check against product specifications.
  2. Work with the melter to disposition non conforming heats or portions of heats. 
  3. Inspect hot billets as they are cast for dimensions and quality and report results to the supervisor.  Notify the operators of any non conformance.
  4. Maintain and operate pad grinder, cutoff saw, ARL spectrometer, Leco C/S analysis unit, slag analyzer and weigh scales.
  5. Calibrate equipment per schedule.
  6. Enter test results and sample information into personal computer.
  7. Coordinate hot charging of billets during rolling.
  8. Check heat samples for radiation.
  9. Analyze grade change samples from the mill and alert supervisor of any discrepancies.


Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Actively participate and support 5S initiatives in the work area.


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.


  • 1-2 years experience in a quality role
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Prior experience operating and maintaining spectograph and other related lab testing equipment
  • Knowledge of physical and chemical metallurgy test procedures and recording routines preferred


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 applicants must be legally eligible to immediately work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship


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