Smithfield Foods

Refrigeration Engineering Specialist

FLSA Status
Corporate - Day Shift


The Refrigeration Engineering Specialist, working as part of the Corporate Engineering staff, will help our facilities manage their refrigeration systems by specializing in and focusing on all aspects of industrial refrigerations; including but not limited to design, development, implementation of projects, troubleshooting and optimizing existing systems, and providing advice on Process Safety Management matters.




EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is 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.


  1. Support facilities in the US and participate in activities of operations in China and Europe as required
  2. Work directly with facilities on projects and issues regarding refrigeration systems
  3. Develop designs including selecting equipment, obtaining quotes and scheduling work as requested
  4. Have the ability to interface with professional refrigeration engineering resources at high levels during the design and development of projects
  5. Have the ability to manage multiple projects in different fields, ensuring adherence to proper protocols and practices
  6. Manage the planning and budgeting process for various engineering improvement, with the goal of meeting project expectations and time requirements
  7. Track project progress, implementation, and costs
  8. Implement new system and standardize equipment requirements
  9. Research and assist in testing new technology
  10. Have the ability to assess and understand complex operations and systems to support production management
  11. Have the ability to identify and correct deficiencies within existing systems by performing load, charge, and relief calculations
  12. Participate in Corporate sponsored training, such as Brown Belt courses at Iowa State
  13. Assist facilities with PSM compliance as requested


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 10+ years related experience and/or training in operations, maintenance and optimization of Ammonia Refrigeration systems; required.
  • Bachelor's degree; preferred.
  • RETA CIRO (Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator) certification, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration ANSI/IIAR2 certification, Garden City Program Operator II certification, or equivalent certification from another nationally recognized ammonia training program; required.
  • Possess a deep theoretical understanding of industrial refrigeration systems and have the ability to apply that knowledge to the roles and responsibilities of the position
  • Electrical experience and troubleshooting in low and high voltage circuits, motors, and controls
  • Strong reading, math, writing, analytical skill required
  • Perform assigned tasks efficiently with minimum supervision

Supervisory Responsibilities

This role has no supervisory duties.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Must be able to lift up to 100lbs
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces
  • Must be albe to work in -40 to 100+ degree temperatures
  • Must not be afraid of heights
  • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Work Environment

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.

  • Plant environment will include wet, damp, cold, slippery and loud conditions with moving parts, and vibrating parts.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually loud when in the production area.


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