Midrex Preparing Operators & Managers for Sustainable Careers in Direct Reduction

Midrex is introducing a program to recruit and train the next generation of plant operators and managers.

The immersive 21-week Operator Excellence Program is designed as a pathway to a career in the most dynamic and sustainable aspect of the global steel industry – direct reduction ironmaking. The OE Program is a blend of classroom and on-site instruction that imparts the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to commission, operate, and manage the most advanced DRI plants.

The OE Program is structured in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Classroom Training – A structured educational setting led by our most knowledgeable and experienced field operators. Our team will cover fundamental concepts and the relevant skills necessary for success in the field.
  • Phase 2: On-Site Training – A rotation through positions in three MIDREX® Plants for hands-on training. This phase stresses practical application of the knowledge acquired in the classroom, fostering a deeper understanding and skill development in real-world scenarios.
  • Phase 3: Assignment-Ready – An assignment to an actual commissioning and start-up team. The knowledge, skills, and experience acquired through the program empower confidence and leadership to excel throughout this new career.

Candidates for the OE Program should not require sponsorship. They will be full-time Midrex teammates with employment benefits that include comprehensive health insurance, competitive pay, and retirement savings. A high school diploma or equivalent, technical aptitude, experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, and experience working in a team environment are required along with problem solving ability and the flexibility to work overtime and various shifts, as needed. Previous experience in iron and steel production or chemical plant operations, OSHA 30-Hour Certification, and bilingual skills are preferred.

The willingness and ability for up to 90% international and/or domestic travel, often for six (6) months or longer is required. The training involves prolonged periods of sitting and working at a computer, as well as moving around plant sites and climbing ladders and stairs.

“Our carefully crafted learning environment emphasizes excellence and collaboration,” according to David Durnovich, Director – Global Solutions, who started his career as an operations trainee at Midrex. “Graduates of the OE Program will emerge as industry pioneers to lead the way in successfully commissioning MIDREX® Plants. We believe in cultivating a community of professionals dedicated to shaping the future of our industry.”

Midrex is hopeful of enrolling the initial OE Program class and beginning training in March 2024.

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