Ammonia Refrigeration Technician

Published June 20th, 2024

Refrigeration Technician Ammonia


Job Summary: To maintain Ammonia Refrigeration equipment, and perform maintenance activities for buildings and equipment in order to support facility operations


Job Responsibilities:

  • Complete proper and timely preventative maintenance to ensure equipment and systems in the ammonia refrigeration system (such as compressors, condensers, evaporators, pumps, vessels, valves, purgers, etc.) operate efficiently, properly, and safely while also minimizing down time.
  • Replace defective refrigeration equipment as needed
  • Control the equipment temperature set points to accommodate the needs of our customers and maintain the integrity of the product.
  • Maintain control of the water treatment system and associated chemicals
  • Ensure all paperwork and reports are accurate, completed on time and meets OSHA and EPA regulatory requirements
  • Monitor third party maintenance vendors working near or with ammonia refrigeration system to ensure compliance with company, OSHA, and EPA safety policies
  • Perform ammonia and oil sampling for analysis on regular schedule
  • Train team members on ammonia leak and spill procedures, coaching those team members who require additional training to meet the standard
  • Participate in leak and spill drills to meet requirements
  • Actively participate in Emergency Response planning for location
  • Inspect, test and calibrate ammonia detection system as needed


Experience and Qualifications:

  • Education – High school diploma or GED. College coursework, continuing technical education or comparable business experience, documented electrical certification experience 480/ 3 phase and control voltage preferred
  • Minimum 2 years Ammonia Refrigeration experience required
  • Knowledge of Process Safety Management (PSM), or ability to receive in-house PSM training within 90 days required
  • Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator (CARO) Level 1 certification from Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) or Refrigeration Operator Class 1 license or ability to obtain within 1yr of hire required


Environmental Job Conditions:

  • Must be able to pass respirator fit test, wear respirator and may be required to wear Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) if authorized & trained
  • Independently lift up to 50 lbs frequently and 100 lbs occasionally
  • Sit, stand, walk bend, squat on a frequent to continual basis in a refrigerated warehouse environment
  • Grasp, reach, push or pull (such as boxes of product, or a hand truck) on a frequent basis
  • Build pallets up to 6 feet tall with case weights up to 50 pounds
  • Endurance for continuous, fast paced work
  • Fluctuating temperatures within the perishable DC including freezing temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Able to work while wearing appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for the job (such as steel-toed protective footwear, safety glasses, hard hat, gloves, insulated clothing, etc)
  • Products may contain food allergens (such as fish, shellfish, peanuts, etc.)
  • Utilize equipment for the job safely and accurately after training (such as computer, handheld tracker, copiers, scanners, printers, radio headsets, pallet jack, etc.)


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