Smithfield Foods

  • Power Motive Refrigeration Technician

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    3rd Shift
  • Overview

    The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


    Knowledge of operating, testing, troubleshooting and repairing ammonia-based refrigeration systems, and HVAC, stand-alone “rack” systems, and boiler and hot water systems.   Basic knowledge of General Maintenance and Electrical and Electronic Systems are also required.  The associate must be able to work in a team environment, or individually with little or no supervision.  Must comply with all Company SAFETY rules (LOCKOUT/TAGOUT, ETC), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), and all Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations. 


    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

    • Operation, testing, troubleshooting and repair of the ammonia-based refrigeration system, its sub-systems and all ancillary processes and/or equipment related to the operation of the refrigeration system.
    • Operation, testing, troubleshooting and repair of all rack-mounted, stand-alone gas refrigerant HVAC units.
    • Operation, testing, troubleshooting and repair of boiler and hot water systems, their sub-systems and all ancillary equipment related to the operation of the boiler and/or hot water systems.
    • Perform refrigeration, HVAC, boiler and hot water system PM’s.
    • Maintains the material integrity of the engine and utility rooms in accordance with established best practices.
    • Rebuilds ammonia, HVAC, boiler and hot water system components in accordance with technical manuals.
    • Complete all applicable documentation in performance of and as required by the job including but not limited to: PSM-related modifications or changes, Work Orders (WO’s), refrigeration system operation notes, and as deemed necessary by upper management.
    • Adheres to all Environmental Management Systems/ISO 14001 practices and procedures.
    • Adheres to all Company policies including but not limited to: safety, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
    • Actively participates in all assigned team meetings, training opportunities and designated interaction-required forums.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


    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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.


    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent and 1+years dedicated ammonia-based refrigeration system operating experience and training.
    • Must be able to read, write, speak and comprehend English.
    • Must have the ability to read and interpret documents, such as blue prints, safety rules, operating and maintenance manuals and procedure manuals.
    • Must have the ability to write routine correspondence, i.e. preventative maintenance procedures, email, etc.
    • Must have the ability to calculate figures, read tape measurement, and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area and machine or equipment calibration specifications.
    • Ammonia refrigeration safety, cooling units, lubricants and filtration, basic refrigeration hot gas defrost, properties of refrigeration, condensers, pressure and force, compressor types and operation, and non-condensable gases and purging.
    • Ammonia refrigeration in-depth knowledge of theory and practical knowledge.


    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions however, this position does require the candidate to be in good health due to the nature of the position.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers; handle, feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

    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.

    • Wet and/or humid conditions;
    • Moving mechanical parts;
    • Extreme cold (warehouse freezer at  degrees Fahrenheit);
    • Electrical and/or vibration shock.

    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.


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