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Refrigeration Technician, Lead 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Maintenance  
Location Birmingham, AL Plant  
Req Number MAI-16-00005  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Shift Days  
About the Organization Ventura Foods is a leading national manufacturer and marketer of branded and custom made shortenings, oils, dressings, sauces, margarines, culinary bases and pan coatings for the foodservice and retail industries. From East to West, Ventura keeps pace with the dynamic food marketplace by delivering high quality products at competitive prices. In fact, our company's growth is fueled by long-lasting profitable partnerships that benefit all parties. We do this by meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world by applying the strengths of our commercial resources, the talents of our employees and the opportunities created by new technologies. Throughout our rich history, one thing hasn't changed: the dedication to our customers and the consumers we are proud to serve.


Executes the operational requirements of the PSM / RMP programs, conducts training, manages documentation and writes SOP's to ensure compliance to the program. Installs, inspects and repairs mechanical equipment items such as pumps, compressors, filling and processing equipment tied to the Ammonia and related cooling systems.  Operate ammonia refrigeration equipment (compressors, condensers, receiving vessels, and pumps) to ensure safe and effective performance of the system. Operate and maintain the steam boilers as well as overseeing the annual boiler inspection and certification with outside auditors. 

Coordinate and supervise the activities of contractors performing work on the ammonia refrigeration system and other pieces of equipment related to the ammonia system.  Oversees the boiler treatment program and boiler inspections.

Prepares parts lists and purchase requisitions; make accurate, clear, complete and concise reports; prepare work schedules; and keep records on all work done and any equipment inspections performed. Completes forms such as contractor time sheets, parts used from inventory log, and work orders.

Perform routine preventative maintenance procedures on all plant equipment including refrigeration equipment, and to fill out all of the associated paperwork. Dismantle, inspect, repair and re-assemble any standard machine or equipment item commonly used in the department.  Monitor operation of the compressors and boilers. Change the oil, as needed.  Change high pressure relief valves.  Coordinates Mechanical Integrity element of PSM program.  Documents work by self, others and contractors into MII files and EAM system. Maintains recommended PM activities per IIAR/RETA and OEM recommendations.

Review and maintain all PSM documentation and logs, Managment of Change, Process Safety Info, training documents and maintenance records.  Assist HQ and 3rd party personnel with audits. Audits anticipated are: compliance, mechanical integrity, infrared, vibration and oil analysis, etc. Assist in Process Hazard Analysis reviews.

Recognize mechanical defects in machines and equipment by touch, sight and/or sound.  Maintain the refrigeration equipment in compliance with OSHA-mandated Process Safety Management plan.

Develop, perform and train on SOP's, SMP's and other pertinent ammonia related documents.  Leads teams  as assigned to complete maintenance and repair activities. Leads annual SOP validation activities and documents results. Updates SOP's as needed.

Proficiently utilize calipers, feelers, micrometers, etc. in order to secure tolerance of 0:00l inches on equipment where required. Perform chemical tests on water from the boiler to ensure correct operation.  Coordinates predictive testing on the ammonia system.

Read and interpret mechanical drawings of machines and equipment.  Redline modifications to existing drawings and manage updates.

Follow all company policies and procedures.  Comply with all GMPs, food safety and quality procedures to ensure that food safety and quality objectives are met.  Comply with all safety policies and procedures to maintain a safe work  environment.  Report all safety, food safety and quality problems to management. Work cooperatively with others both those on your team and with  on other teams.

Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.






Position Requirements

High school diploma or GED required with demonstrated ability in mathematics and science.  Sufficient secondary training (college, trade school, work experience) in basic mechanical concepts and principles is a plus. 5 years experience with ammonia refrigeration in the food industry required.   Refrigeration certifications are a plus.  Will be required to obtain and maintain Ammonia level 3 certification with administrator components.

Working knowledge of materials which are applicable to various conditions and services in the department.  Ability to read and comprehend job procedures; log sheets; equipment/part prints and diagrams; and equipment manuals and labels.  Ability to record, calculate (add, subtract, multiply and divide), interpret and communicate various data relevant to his department.  Working knowledge of Outlook, Word and Excel software programs and ability to learn and use JDE as required.  Must be able to identify and report any operating system or food safety concerns.

Physical Activity/Work Environment                                       

                                                                                                                                Percent of Time               



Prolonged Sitting                                                                                                             15%

Prolonged Standing/Walking                                                                                      40%

Climbing, Crawling, Pushing, Pulling,                        Lifting ( 50lbs.)                   25%

Finger-Hand manipulation (e.g. 10-key, typing )                                                     10%

Prolonged VDT use (Video Display Terminal)                                                       10%



                Noise                                                                                                                    60%

                Dust                                                                                                                       1%

                Fumes                                                                                                                  1%

                Other Safety Hazards:                    Electrical, Chemical.                                5%

                                                                                slip hazards                                         100%


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