Job Details

Automation Engineer


Gerdau North America






Jackson, Tennessee, United States






About Us:

Gerdau is the leading company in the production of long steel in the Americas and one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world. With more than 45,000 employees, Gerdau has an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel and it is the largest recycler in Latin America, and around the world, it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year.

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 Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world-class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and metal processing facilities in Huntington, Indiana, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, Canton, Ohio, and North Vernon, Indiana.

With engineered steel bar producing capabilities in North America, Europe, Brazil, and soon to be India, the Gerdau Special Steel group is the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.

General Function:

Seeking experienced Engineer III or IV, with extensive hands-on skills in implementing electrical and automation projects. Candidate will report to the Maintenance Manager and will work closely with operational units in a steel mill environment. Position will include developing and managing capital expense projects (CAPEX) from inception to completion. The candidate will support process optimization efforts throughout the facility. Ideal candidate should have hands-on experience troubleshooting technical issues related to industrial and manufacturing equipment. This position requires a strong understanding of safety policies and standards that are applicable for industrial operations. The Engineer will be leading and participating in many team orientated work groups. The candidate is to be process-oriented and can adapt to a fast-paced and changing environment. Strong leadership, communications, data collection and presentation skills are required.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical coordination and support in the operating and capital expense management processes by initiating and running projects using the capital expense (CAPEX) project, equipment monitoring, stabilization, and improvements.
  • Responsible for detailed engineering work in the areas of instrumentation, PLC, power distribution, and equipment integration which includes electrical design, power distribution design, and automation system design.
  • Provide Technical Support for Operations working closely with leaders on Operational Improvements.
  • Trouble Shooting of Existing Equipment and Processes.
  • Develop and refine engineering procedures.
  • Process sample and data collection and interpretation.
  • Benchmark other Gerdau Mills bringing back Best practices
  • Implement new technology.
  • Train and develop technical operations
  • Conduct Technical Studies to support CAPEX investments.
  • Support process improvement projects where applicable.
  • Participate in the development of Annual Action Plans.

Qualifications for Position:
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in: Electrical Engineering
  • 5-8 Years of Industrial, Hands-On Experience planning and installing electrical equipment and automation controls.
  • ISA Certified Automation Professional Certification (Preferred)
  • Demonstrated project management experience which includes planning, budgeting, design, execution, scheduling, procurement, installation and start up of electrical controls equipment and instrumentation.
  • Experience in troubleshooting and optimizing the performance of electrical control systems on production machines and equipment.
  • Knowledgeable in Industrial Safety and Construction Methods.
  • Demonstrated advanced skills in all Microsoft software such as Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. and advanced drawing skills with Auto-Cad.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of equipment, machine design standards and specifications and machine safety design, including ANSI, ASTM, FM, NFPA, and IEC.
  • Knowledge of NFPA-70 and NFPA-70E.
  • Knowledge of OSHA requirements and standards.
  • Knowledge of database systems for process control applications.
  • Installation and strong programming capability with Rockwell Automation PLC systems.
  • Working knowledge of automation communication systems.
  • Installation set up and troubleshooting abilities with AC and DC drives and motors.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Salary & Benefits:
  • Medical and Prescription
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
  • 401K
  • Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
  • Health Advocate Services
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program

Application Process :

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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