Automation Technologist



  • Posted on Jun 14, 2024
  • Whitby, Ontario, Canada


Production & Operations

Empowering people who build the future.

*This position operates on a continental rotating schedule*


Are you a persistent person who takes on challenges and digs into details?  Do you like writing PLC and HMI code, designing, and troubleshooting automation and electronic systems? Do you like working in a rugged, but exciting environment?  The Automation Technologist 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.  

  • A strong global presence with mini-mills that transform millions of metric tons of raw material to produce steel beams, flat-rolled steel, merchant bar, rebar, spikes, and wire used by the automotive, appliance, construction, machinery, and equipment industries.   

  • A thriving culture that values diversity, encourages innovation and creates products that serve humanity. 

  • An environment that values teamwork, safety, and sustainability. 

  • A commitment to continuous improvement and the belief that we can create a better future for our employees and our global community by investing in people, processes, and technology. 

  • 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. 
  • A college diploma in Electro-Mechanical Technology

  • 1+ years experience as an Automation or Electrical 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.

  • MUST be able to work a rotating schedule.


  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans

  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)

  • 100% Matching DC Pension up to 6%

  • Life/Accidental Life Insurance

  • Health Advocate Services

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Tuition Reimbursement Program

  • Career Path System and Training

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.  

If you are vision-impaired or have some other disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act / Accessible Canada Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Gerdau, please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at (866)-788-2798 or

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