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The Metals industry includes the manufacture of iron, steel, aluminum, and other intermediate metal goods. Some of the main products of the basic metals industry include steel girders, aluminum sheets, and copper wire. The Metals industry is one of the world’s largest industrial energy users. US Steel Corporation is one of the biggest companies in the Metals industry, accounting for over 9.7 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in the last year. Additional companies in the Metals industry include Nucor, Alcoa, and Steel Dynamics.

What are common job types in the Metals industry?

Welder - A Welder is responsible for assembling pieces of metal together or repairing damage in metal components using heavy machinery that emits high heat, melting the metal into shape. Their duties include reviewing blueprints, cutting metal into the appropriate shape and smoothing molten metal to remove creases.

Melt Shop Electrical Supervisor - Melt Shop Electrical Supervisors plan and schedule projects, estimate time and materials, supervise subordinates, maintain records and files and prepare reports.

Mechanical Maintenance Technician - Mechanical Maintenance Technicians are responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing machinery.

Electrical Maintenance Technician - Electrical Maintenance Technicians maintain, repair, install, and upgrade electrical and mechanical equipment, components, tools, and machinery. Electrical Maintenance Technicians work independently most of the time, but report to their supervisors.

Quality & Testing Technician - Quality & Testing Technicians are responsible for testing materials and finished products to ensure they conform to all applicable laws and company standards. Quality & Testing Technicians test products across the three stages of production (before, in-process, and final) to ensure quality levels are met.

Energy Utilities Manager - Energy Utilities Managers direct and manage the overall operation of the powerhouse, utility tunnels, the production and distribution of utilities, and are responsible for the maintenance of these systems.

Millwright - Millwrights are machinery repair professionals who fix, install, and maintain various pieces of equipment and tools for factory employees to use. They're responsible for reviewing and understanding diagrams and service manuals to determine how to properly install, repair or disassemble certain tools.

What are the highest paying Metals jobs?

Utilities Managers and Melt Shop Electrical Supervisors are some of the highest paying jobs in the Metals industry. Utilities Managers earn on average $75K per year, while Melt Shop Electrical Supervisors earn between $60K-$80K on average per year.

What Metals jobs are in demand?

Welders by far are in high demand in the Metal industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for Welders is expected to grow by 26 percent over the next few years. This makes welding one of the fastest growing professions in America.

Why should one start a career in the Metals industry?

The Metals industry offers great job prospects for those looking to enter the field. The industry offers higher than average starting pay, good benefits, and excellent job growth. As new construction, transportation projects, and pipelines for natural gas continue to experience growth, the Metals industry contributes to the growing demand. In addition, the Metals industry offers the chance for job seekers to work with their hands, and not be confined to a desk, a work environment that is very appealing to many transitioning military members and veterans.

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Maintenance Technician
Position ID: # EB-1386519882
Date Posted: 8/18/2022 9:42:35 AM
Location: City of Industry, CA
Industry: Metals
Salary: $30 - $39

Job Description

Orion Talent is recruiting for an industry leader, specializing in the design and manufacturing of custom packaging for product manufacturers around the world (from the company info on the JO), who is seeking to hire a Maintenance Technician

Position Details:
Location: City of Industry, CA
Pay: Up to $39/hr plus OT depending on experience
Shift: Must be open to all shifts in a 24x6 maintenance operation
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package available.

Position Description: Maintenance Technician
Repairs and maintains machinery and mechanical equipment such as engines, motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and aluminum extrusion production machines and equipment by performing the following duties.
• Observes mechanical devices such as presses and draw benches in operation and listens to their sounds to locate causes of trouble.
• Dismantles devices to gain access to and remove defective parts.
• Inspects used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements.
• Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments.
• Repairs or replaces defective parts. Installs special functional and structural parts in devices. Lubricates and cleans parts.
• Performs electrical troubleshooting and interprets electrical diagrams and symbols.

Qualified applicants will need to bring a strong mechanical and electrical skillset along with the ability and willingness to grow in a multi-craft trade. You should be highly proficient in one skill and have a good understanding of the other.

Vaccine Requirement: None

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ERP Integration Manager
Position ID: # EB-1087885363
Date Posted: 8/16/2022 4:16:25 PM
Location: Conroe, TX
Industry: Metals
Salary: $80,000 - $90,000

Job Description

Orion Talent is helping a leading high-mix, low-volume sheet metal and structural fabrication shop hire a ERP Integration Manager: in Conroe, Texas.

The ERP Integration Manager is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all ERP functional areas as it relates to the integrated/cross-functional consideration of the ERP solution and ensuring high integrity and standards for all solutions that are developed and rolled out. This position will work across the IT applications environment and be highly engaged where functional integration crosses people, systems, and processes in supply chain, production, and operations. You will report directly to the General Manager. Some other specific expectations include:
• Strong collaborative Information Technology leader with proven record of leading ERP solution design and integration for large enterprise-wide projects
• Experienced integration and culture change agent who advances the business organization while merging ERP systems and legacy systems.
• Demonstrate a high degree of success managing multiple ERP functional solutions.
• Expert-level application and technical knowledge of ERP modules, and strong understanding of impact to the CO environment. Understanding of product variant configurator is strongly desired.
• End to end project implementation experience covering activities across multiple phases: fit-gap analysis, solution design, configuration build, user testing, legacy system conversions, end user, cutover, deployment, and post go live support
• Strong understanding of the solution development cycle and able to collaborate with the Development/Architecture team, and the IT PMO.
• Overarching ERP integration coordination – span multiple projects to stay aligned with 3rd party consulting partners.
• Responsible to ensure that new solution design does not negatively impact the live environment.
• Work with the ERP team to identify/validate solution gaps and determine approach for resolution.

Some specific qualifications / requirements for the role include: 5+ years of ERP application and technical experience across all supply chain-related function modules; prior experience with SAP / ERP implementations; understanding of and experience with manufacturing and distribution processes, terms and methodologies; ability to influence groups of people and facilitate constructive discussion, brainstorming, and quick decision-making; expert ability to understand and provide technical direction for all functional configuration, modification and testing tasks involving any ERP module; creative problem-solving skills and root cause analysis.

Location: Conroe, TX (40 miles north of downtown Houston)
Shift: 1st shift (Mon-Fri)
Compensation: Target base salary ~$80K - $90K
Benefits: Company offers an industry-standard benefits package with comprehensive medical/dental/vision plans, matching 401k, tuition assistance opportunities, paid time off, etc.

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Field Service Technician
Position ID: # EB-8339216696
Date Posted: 8/9/2022 9:34:23 AM
Location: Gastonia, NC
Industry: Metals
Salary: $20 - $24

Job Description

Orion is helping a leader in manufacturing maintenance and repair hire a Field Service Technician in Gastonia, NC

Position Details: Field Service Technician
• Troubleshoot, inspect, install, and test valves/actuators
• Install and/or replace components per wiring diagram
• Complete field service/job time worksheets and submit to Field Service Coordinator/Shop Supervisor upon completion of field service/labor work
• Chalmers and Kubeck South will provide on-the-job training for qualified applicants, but mechanical and electrical work history or experience is preferred

Locations: Gastonia, NC
Travel: 50% - 75%, M-F with most site visits lasting an average of 3-4 days. Local and regional travel only.
Compensation: Up to $24/hr. There will be lots of opportunity for overtime especially during outage season. You can earn ~$70,000 - $75,000 on your W-2 in your first year. OT pays 1.5x and 2x on Holidays, Per Diem and Field pay included.
Schedule: Primarily M-F 7 AM to 4 PM.

Requirements: The ideal fit for this role is a military mechanic or someone with a basic mechanical aptitude. While speaking with the General Manager, he mentioned that a lot of military technicians, translate well into this role. If you have worked with anything mechanical and have a love to work with your hands, you will have the background they need. They will train if you do not have the exact experience they are looking for, but you must have strong mechanical skills.

• Must pass background check and drug test
• Be Safety conscious working in a manufacturing environment, including use of PPE
• Use of appropriate gauges and measurements
• Use of various mechanical tools
• Meet quality and productivity requirements
• You need to have a good understanding of mechanical and electrical principles
• Some heavy lifting required

• Insurance - Medical, Dental, Vision, Short-Term Disability, and Voluntary Life (Employee, Spouse, and Children)
• Company-Paid Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
• 401k with Company Match, Paid Holidays, Vacation Time, Sick Time

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Assistant Project Manager
Position ID: # EB-2094115874
Date Posted: 7/25/2022 11:04:15 PM
Location: Cleveland, OH
Industry: Metals
Salary: $70,000 - $85,000

Job Description

Orion Talent is helping a client hire an Assistant Project Manager in Cleveland, OH.

Position Description: Assistant Project Manager

The Project Management System Specialist will be responsible for supporting the company's new and ongoing project management and data management efforts. The role will be the central point for managing and sustaining project management tools, databases, and processes to ensure efficient and effective project deliver. The role will collaborate with Project Managers, IT, Finance, and business leaders to ensure accurate project tracking, use of processes-tools, and information flow. Additionally, this role is an integral part of the new process rollouts for Project Management and CAPEX/RFI systems.

Lead and serve as the center of excellence for project and program management data flow and documentation management – including RFIs (Request for Investment), CAPEX, SharePoint, Project Management, etc.
Provide administrative guidance as part of the roll out of the new process/system (RFI/PPM software tool): Project Management (One PPM) and RFI.
Manage and sustain company Project Management processes, including documentation and data flow. Document and communicate project management work instructions.
Administrate existing Excel-based tracking documents on projects and budgets. Establish standard templates for project financial performance tracking and assessment.
Lead and become the "go to" resource for the management and communication of all related activities for project management and its processes.

Associate’s degree or higher in business, finance, engineering or related field
3+ years of professional work experience
Experience with Microsoft Excel (including macros, pivot tables and advanced formulas), Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Project Management Software, AutoCAD
Experience working independently and/or working with Project Managements, Project Engineers, Coordinators, or similar providing experience with project activities.

Position Details:
Location: Cleveland, OH
Salary: $70-85k/yr + 5% annual bonus + 3% merit increase
Hours: M-F 8a-5p
Benefits: The company offers a very competitive benefits package to include: medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, short/long-term disability, 401k with 4% matching, company stock options, 10 days PTO, 7 personal days, paid holidays, tuition assistance programs for employee and family members, and many more!

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Operations Engineer
Position ID: # EB-1529757796
Date Posted: 7/6/2022 1:30:51 PM
Location: Newton, NC
Industry: Metals
Salary: $75,000 - $85,000

Job Description

Locations: Newton, NC
Pay: $75-85K + 15% quarterly production bonus
Shift: M-F 8am-5pm
Travel: none

Position Description: Operations Engineer

This position will be maintaining, performing, and supervising preventative maintenance and repairs on all equipment, along with other responsibilities, in a steel processing plant to ensure the highest standards of safety, productivity, and quality are maintained.

• Supervisory responsibilities over the maintenance employees and at times will need to direct the activities of other shop employees to accomplish various tasks.
• Monitor delay rates and product quality to assure equipment dependability and reliability.
• Troubleshoot and resolve, both electrical and mechanical equipment issues including automatic conveyors, overhead cranes, and CNC machines.
• Direct contact with customers regarding product quality and responding to their requests/concerns.
• Some working knowledge of AutoCAD and/or Fast Cam a plus.
• Create, read, and analyze charts, expenditures, production schedules, blueprints, schematics and other records and reports
• Maintain spares inventories, manage capital projects and expenditures
• Enforce safety regulations, monitor monthly safety activity, and conduct safety inspections as needed • Responsible for managing and justifying maintenance expenditures; plant supplies; capital projects.
• Responsible for Quality, Safety, and Environmental Management Systems and maintaining registration
• Ability to improve costs and plant expenses.
• Will need to qualify new mills and/or processors to customer expectations as needed.


• 3-8 years of maintenance experience in a manufacturing environment and or an AA. AS. from an accredited college or university.
• Have mechanical/electrical background
• Has some supervisory experience.
• Must have experience with equipment reliability in a manufacturing environment.
• Ability to navigate the computer and software systems.
• Ability to work in team environment.

Preferred Experience & Education:

• Computer skills including Advanced Microsoft Excel, Fast Cam and/or AutoCAD, and CNC computer programming.
• Good understanding of accounting principles. Able to read financial statements and general ledger.


• Medical, Dental , Vision and Rx plans.
• life insurance and a 401k of .60 cent per hour for every hour worked
• Quarterly profit share bonus
• Pension

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Shift Managers - Operations & Maintenance
Position ID: # EB-3421332748
Date Posted: 6/14/2022 10:29:34 PM
Location: Mountain Iron, MN
Industry: Metals
Salary: $75,000 - $90,000

Job Description

Orion Talent is helping a client hire a Shift Manager in Mountain Iron, MN.

Location: Mt. Iron, MN

Shift: Varies by position. 2 are days, 2 are rotating.

Pay: $75K-$90K base + O/T + 10% bonus + relocation

Profile: Ops or Maintenance Leaders

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Industrial Electrician
Position ID: # EB-1531608320
Date Posted: 5/25/2022 1:56:34 PM
Location: Fernley, NV
Industry: Metals
Salary: $30 - $35

Job Description

Orion Talent is helping a client hire an Industrial Electrician in Fernley, NV.

Position: Industrial Electrician

Location: Fernley, NV

Pay: $30-35 + OT

Shift: 4 10’s (6:00AM-4:00PM)

Job requires to be on call when assigned. If called in will be paid for 4 hours minimum even if job takes 20 minutes. 1.5X rate for days over 12 hours and weeks over 40 hours. If working a Sunday will be paid 2X.

Benefits: Comprehensive Corporate Benefits Package (Medical, Dental, PTO, 401k Matching)

Job duties include, but not limited to:

Installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of relays, starters, drives, and various control circuits.
Troubleshooting using manuals, schematics & PLC.
Maintenance and troubleshooting of various pressure, temperature & level instruments.
Maintenance and troubleshooting of switchgear, breakers, transformers, and motors.

Job Requirements:

1-year minimum experience as an industrial electrician.
Must have a high degree of initiative and the ability to work alone and effectively with others.
Knowledge and hands on experience with 480V / 4160V switchgear, transformers, starters, and motors.
Ability to troubleshoot control circuits using schematics & the PLC.
Ability to set-up & use various instrument simulators and calibrators.
Must possess knowledge and understanding of NEC & MSHA regulations.
Must be available for any shift as needed.
Must pass basic electrical test.

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