Ammonia Refrigeration Technician

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Job Description: 
Western Precooling is looking for an experienced Ammonia Refrigeration Technician. Our Technicians are responsible for safe and efficient operation, maintenance and repair of industrial refrigeration systems using ammonia refrigerant.
The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in produce-cooling, electrical (480 -3 phase) and control theory.
Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Perform installation and alteration of district heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
  • Troubleshoot and repair all mechanical and electrical equipment.
  • Assist in the Preventative Maintenance Program using work orders issued by supervisor and documenting work performed on equipment to maintain in operation.
  • Responsible for daily check of cold room temperatures.
  • Daily adjustments of equipment in a safe manner as needed during production.
  • Familiar with start-up and shut down processes in production plants.
  • Ability to use lock out / tag out process to isolate equipment prior to working on unit.
  • Ability to trouble shoot electrical components with meter when equipment is down.
  • Establish schedule for the replacement of parts without disrupting process unless repair cannot be performed safely.
  • Able to assist maintenance crews outside the scope of refrigeration when needed to insure timely responses to breakdowns during production.
  • Assists maintenance manager of parts that are needed for replacement when there is an equipment breakdown.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Candidate must have ammonia refrigeration experience or refrigeration experience.
  • Electrical and mechanical troubleshooting skills.
  • The ability to perform in a fast-paced environment.
  • Candidate should have experience with screw and reciprocating compressor, HVAC units, air compressors, and associated control systems.
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 with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must have general computer skills.
  • Good communication skills to insure timely repairs of equipment and issues that arise.
  • Able to inform upper management of any upcoming problems in efforts to minimize the impact on plant operations.
  • Punctual, reliable, and available during emergencies.
  • Welding skills are a plus but not required.
  • Will need to drive forklift.
  • Bilingual a plus.
  • Mechanic must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • RETA Certification or equivalent technical training is a plus
  • Must be able to read, write and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. 
  • Must be able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
Working Conditions:

Working conditions described below must be met by employee in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Variations in conditions may occur.

  • Ability to kneel and bend at the waist and reach on a daily basis.
  • Able to lift and move up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Frequently entering in and out of cold room environment with exposure to temperatures between 32 to 38 degrees for one-to-two hours at a time.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits.

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Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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