Refractory Manager – Steel Making (North Mobile, AL)

  • Job Details

  • Job Status: Open
  • Posted On: February 12, 2021
  • Job Category: Engineering
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Location:
  • Desired Experience: 5 years
  • Desired Education:
  • Compensation:
  • Travel: Negligible
  • Relocation:

Refractory Specialist – Mobile AL

Our client’s state-of-the-art steel processing facility has the capacity to process 5.3 million tons of high-value steel grades in the North America market. Now they are expanding their existing portfolio with the addition of a brand new, cutting edge Steelmaking facility. The addition of this facility creates a unique competitive advantage, providing team members with endless opportunities to use the latest technology, develop innovative solutions, and drive digitalization across everything they do.


Responsibilities: Oversee refractory usage and organization of refractory operations for steelmaking. Provide guidance and feedback to refractory operators.


Project Execution, Construction, and Startup Phase:

  1. Provide refractory expertise during basic & detail design of production equipment
  2. Design of refractory equipment; Participate in ladle design
  3. Create a refractory vendor database; Meet and evaluate vendors
  4. Write technical specification for refractory consumable and create SDS & MM number
  5. Write work instruction & HIRAC for refractory equipment usage
  6. Develop training documentation & course for refractory operators
  7. Set up refractory areas to include tools, devices and arrangements

Operations Phase:

  1. Fulfill the commitment to ensure a safe and healthy work environment
  2. Follow up and evaluate Electric Arc Furnace (EAF), Ladle Metallurgy Facility (LMF), Ladle, RH, and Caster refractory performances to include state and degradation time
  3. Identify appropriate counter measures in case of non-achievement of refractory performance targets
  4. Manage production equipment process parameters, identify deviations to standard that have influence on refractory performance, and implement corrective measures
  5. Organize and coordinate refractory repair and reline works for EAF, LMF, Ladle, RH, tundish
  6. Monitor refractory team and refractory contractor work progression
  7. Contribute to incident root cause analysis and corrective actions
  8. Take the ownership to seek and correct issues regarding refractory
  9. Write & update work instructions for refractory works and organize related HIRAC review (Harzard Identification, Risk Assessment, and Control)
  10. Lead or participate in continuous improvement activities
  11. Perform new material trials (brick and/or concrete)
  12. Work with EAF, LMF, RH, caster interfaces for the overall benefit of steel making mill
  13. Communicate and plan with the maintenance team the maintenance needs of refractory maintenance equipment and contractors
  14. Provide a refractory expertise to technology team for improvement projects implementation
  15. Demonstrates commitment to teamwork by fostering an environment that embodies trust and respect
  16. Monitor inventory levels of refractory and related consumables; Communicate with procurement and refractory vendors to ensure optimal refractory inventories are maintained



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, Management, or similar field; or equivalent experience
  • 6+ years of refractory experience in a steel making factory required




  • In depth knowledge of steelmaking refractory and concrete material
  • Extensive knowledge of steelmaking refractory works and gunning operations
  • Intermediate computer skills to include Microsoft Office and SAP
  • Demonstrates strong decision-making, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Able to competently handle a fast-paced environment, with strong organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal communications skills, written and verbal
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic and displays a high degree of professionalism
  • Interest and ability to work at our site location in Calvert, Alabama


  • Technical knowledge of caster, melt shop, LMF, and/or RH desired


Location: Mobile, AL

Travel:  Negligible

Compensation:  Position is full time, permanent.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience and includes benefits.


  • Quarterly bonuses
  • Paid vacation starting at 15 days per year; 10 paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • 401k employer match 6%
  • Comprehensive relocation package
  • Health insurance; prescription drug insurance; dental insurance; vision insurance
  • Life insurance; short- and long-term disability plans; AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA)
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Employee assistance program; Health and wellness programs
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Charitable gift matching
  • Employee discounts


If you are qualified and interested, please submit your resume.

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