Smithfield Foods

  • Power House Technician

    Job Locations
    US-IA-Mason City
    FLSA Status
    3rd Shift
  • Your Opportunity

    Employee is responsible for preventive maintenance and repair of processing and packaging equipment in the facility. In addition to these skills, this individual will be responsible for safe and compliant operation of refrigeration, ammonia, HVAC and engine processes.

    Core Responsibilities

    1. Operate boiler system, ammonia refrigeration system, air compressors and wastewater treatment system
    2. Follow written and verbal procedures to comply with company and governmental regulations
    3. Work as a member of a round-the-clock team utilizing written, verbal and email communication
    4. Read, record and interpret data from gauges, computer programs and measurement equipment
    5. Enter and retrieve information from a computer system; Microsoft Word/Excel, SAP, and Internet
    6. Perform preventative maintenance tasks and inspections on all associated systems.
    7. Perform basic mechanical repairs on all associated systems; e.g. fans, pumps, valves and motors
    8. Effectively troubleshoot the systems both mechanically and electrically.
    9. Utilize schematics to aid in troubleshooting
    10. Install all kinds of plumbing (not including welded lines)
    11. Follow PPE requirements to work with hazardous chemicals; e.g. acids, bases, anhydrous ammonia
    12. Operate fork lifts, scissor lifts and similar equipment
    13. Perform water testing for wastewater, boiler and refrigeration system
    14. Maintain and clean equipment and area
    15. Provide feedback to help improve systems
    16. Perform other duties as assigned


    • High School diploma or GED and 3-5 years’ experience in the maintenance filed; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to work with or without supervision.
    • Good written and verbal communication skills.
    • Effectively utilize measuring equipment
    • Knowledge of electrical and plumbing a plus
    • Prior experience reading schematics and hydraulic drawings, preferred
    • May be required to work long hours and weekends

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

    Work Environment & Physical Demands

    Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


    Work Environment & Physical Demands

    The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions, extreme cold and heat, working near appropriately guarded moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.

    Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area

    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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