Refrigeration Technician

Manufacturing/Operations Tulare, California


Description

(Refrigeration Technician)               

We’re starting a new chapter in our journey as Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, now part of Froneri. Having nearly 100 years of winning experience in the U.S with a robust portfolio of powerhouse brands that consumers know and love, and the backing of a global pure-play ice cream organization, we’re poised to accelerate growth.

Headquartered in the Bay area, a hub for up and coming food trends, we focus on both the future and the present. In both our offices and our factories, we are determined to overcome obstacles, learn from failure, and raise our game. With a renewed focus on frozen treats, our tight-knit team of ambitious innovators are fully immersed in the business and encouraged to flex and make decisions quickly. We are committed to pursuing every great idea and delivering the best ice cream experience to our consumers, when are where they want it.

Unleash your potential at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and discover what a sweet career has in store for you!

POSITION SUMMARY:

This is a Refrigeration/Utility Maintenance Technician position is responsible for preventative, predictive and breakdown maintenance of plant assets in an efficient manner to sustain and improve reliability. The equipment and systems that this position works with includes; all of the plants ammonia refrigeration systems, boilers, water systems, compressed air systems, and fire protection systems. This position is responsible for following and supporting plant and company specific policies and procedures related to the systems above as well as regulatory PSM/RMP rules and standards that apply to ammonia refrigeration. The position will be required to become a member of the plant emergency response team.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsibilities will include repairs and preventative maintenance of all the Refrigeration systems, HVAC systems, Inspecting the equipment, and performing daily rounds to ensure compliance of our PSM and RMP policies. 
  • Perform routine and breakdown maintenance of boilers, air compressors, condensers systems and waste-water treatment system. 
  • Performs Maintenance Tracking Sheet (MTS) inspections for the Mechanical Integrity of the Ammonia Refrigeration Systems.
  • Performs IIAR Bulletin 109 Inspections for the Ammonia System Equipment.
  • Knowledge of the typical refrigeration cycle and knowledge of ammonia control valves and related piping as needed for safe service and repair. 
  • Must be able to read and follow basic and advanced drawings and schematics. 
  • Provide informal and formal training for other Refrigeration/Utility team members as required through the “Refrigeration/Utility training program”. 
  • Utilize construction and fabrication skills. 
  • Ensures PM’s are completed in a timely manner and ensuring mechanical integrity of the ammonia system per RMP/PSM guidance is followed. 
  • Ensures Utilities Systems involving Ammonia Refrigeration, Compressed Air, Boilers, Steam, Condensate Return, Glycol, Brine, HVAC, Fire Sprinklers, Fire Pumps, Fire Risers, Wastewater Pretreatment, and Natural Gas are operated, inspected, and maintained in a safe, productive, and reliable manner to meet our business needs and comply with regulatory requirements including Process Safety Management (PSM) and our Risk Management Plan for environmental concerns.
  • Operate and repair electro-mechanical equipment such as ammonia refrigeration valve groups, freezers, electric motors, pumps, ammonia compressors, condensers, forced air evaporators, compressed air systems, steam systems, PLC’s and utilities processes, machines, and equipment.
  • Develop corrective work orders as needed 
  • Ensure and monitor safe work practices and safety guidelines. 
  • Be actively involved in all of the 14+ elements of the PSM/RMP Programs 
  • Active member of the emergency response team. 
  • Complete daily shift record keeping and reporting as required. 
  • Perform basic PC skills.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

Refrigeration trade skills applied as per certifications noted below, Ability to handle multiple and complex tasks well, solid understanding of control circuits, ability to read schematics and troubleshoot mechanical, electrical and process components, basic PC skills, record keeping and reporting.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Not required, although HIGHLY DESIRABLE: RETA certification as a Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator. (CIRO). Consideration will be given to a RETA Certified Industrial Refrigeration Assistant or other comparable ammonia refrigeration industry certifications with the expectation that the candidate becomes a RETA (CIRO) operator within one year of hire date.

High School Diploma or GED Required.

Hazmat Certification. 24 hour Hazmat Emergency Response Training and current certificate.

5-Years of Ammonia Refrigeration experience preferred. 2-Years of Boilers and Compressed Air experience preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

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

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, climb stairs, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand; use hands to finger; handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; taste or smell; and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

 

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is required to work in an environment that may include exposure to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, electricity, and vibrations. PPE and training are provided to eliminate/reduce the risk of harm. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.