Smithfield Foods

  • Maintenance Refrigeration Operator

    Job Locations
    US-VA-Smithfield-North Plant
    1st, 2nd, or 3rd Shift
  • Your Opportunity

    The Maintenance Refrigeration Operator will be responsible for the daily monitoring and maintenance of all Freon and ammonia based refrigeration systems including preventative maintenance, repair and reconstruction of all refrigeration and HVAC equipment. 

    Core Responsibilities

    • Operate/monitor the ammonia refrigeration system and monitoring device and Process Safety Management documentation, work order/inventory control.
    • Dismantle malfunctioning systems and test components. Adjust or replace worn or defective mechanisms and parts, and re-assemble repaired systems.
    • Test lines, components and connections for leaks.
    • Interpret and understand blue prints and schematicsMust be able to wear and maintain all safety equipment and breathing apparatus.
    • Requires rotating weekends and being on-call as needed.



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



    EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Three to five years related experience and/or training.  Operator I certification preferred, but not necessary. 


    LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


    MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


    REASONING:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exits.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, grasp, or feel; substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers; reaching and pulling with hands and arms.  The employee is required to stand for sustained periods of time; balancing is required.  Frequent walking is required. The employee must frequently lift up to 50 pounds; Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally.  Occasional pushing of 25 pounds or more, and pushing up to 100 pounds of force is required.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.



    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    The employee will be exposed to temperatures ranging from 38 –110 degrees.  The noise level in the work environment is sufficient to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.  Personal Protective Equipment is required.


    EEO/AA Information

    We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


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