Smithfield Foods

1st Shift Power House Technician

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IndSPR- Engineering Maintenance

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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

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit


Why Work at Smithfield Foods 8-13-19

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly.®" and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.


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