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Team Lead Refrigeration / Utilities Tech

Watertown, Wisconsin
Job Type
8 Sep 2022
We can't do what we do best - make our great-tasting sausage products - unless our equipment is running well and reliably. This is where you'll do your part to make Johnsonville great, by keeping our machines, lines and facilities running. You and your maintenance teammates will be responsible for all production and industrial refrigeration equipment, as well as our electrical and controls systems. You'll also work closely with our engineers and production members to make important upgrades to our production machinery, as innovate and grow our business.

Why This Is A Great Job For A Person Who Accepts Nothing Less Than Personal Greatness:

Your contribution will ensure that Watertown products are of the highest quality and meet our defined standards of safety. You'll learn about a variety of processes, expanding your existing knowledge for application into the business of making sausage. There is unlimited opportunity for growth as you become an active contributor to the Maintenance Team and assist your team in the quest for continual improvement.

Position Overview: This position ensures the proper maintenance and operational status of all plant Refrigeration, Boiler and associated utility systems and equipment in the Watertown facility. Affected equipment includes the plant Refrigeration System, Boilers, HVAC systems, plant water distribution system and support systems that are utilized by the plant.


Operation of all Plant Refrigeration, HVAC, Boiler and Utility systems.
Preventative Maintenance and repair of all plant Refrigeration, HVAC, Boiler and Utility equipment and maintenance of plant production equipment as needed.
Troubleshoot electrical problems on all plant Refrigeration, HVAC, Boiler and utility equipment.
Assist in maintaining the plants PSM program.
Assist in maintaining the plants HAZMAT program and equipment.
Train / Assist other members on Refrigeration / HVAC basics, acting as mentor for the development of Qualified Refrigeration Technicians.
Mentor others in the Safe Operating Practices and repairs to facility systems.
Research parts needed for work / repairs and properly utilize the Parts Inventory and Work Order Systems.
Cover areas of the plant as assigned by the Department Coach.

Skills / Knowledge / Personal Qualities (based on responsibilities):

High School Diploma and Technical training in related area.
Minimum of 3 years' experience in the Industrial Refrigeration and Boiler field with solid skills in electrical, mechanical and plumbing. Skills with PLC's are desirable.
Completion of Class I and Class II Industrial Refrigeration School with RETA Certification.
Completion of an Industrial Ammonia PSM course and Certification.
Willing to travel off-site for additional training and certification as required.
Ability to understand P&ID's and assist with system designs.
Understanding of PSM regarding Compliance Guidelines and Requirements
Experienced in reading Blueprints and Schematics.
Assist with system Projects and related maintenance.
Must become a Member of the Emergency Response Team and be able to pass a Respirator Fit Test and Physical.
Must be properly groomed / shaved and able to wear a Respirator as required.
Computer skills in Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint and SAP.
Available to work overtime as required.
Candidate should be teamwork oriented with good communication skills.

Environmental Conditions: Work is performed in all weather conditions inside or outside a plant environment with animals present, subject to heights.

Physical Demands: Able to work on rough terrain in all weather conditions and lift 70lbs. unassisted. Full range of body motion required: standing, kneeling and upper body twisting.

Note: This job description covers the major purpose and major responsibilities (functions) of the job. It is not intended to give all details or step-by-step account of the way each task is to be performed. Team Members may receive other job-related duties requested by their coach. All requirements are subject to possible modification to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Location: Watertown, WI

Member Status: Fulltime, Hourly

(At Johnsonville, you are not an employee. You are a Member and, yes, Membership has its privileges - like the ability to buy sausage at great discounts. Our more traditional benefits are great, too.)

Referral Bonus: Refer a new member and you're BOTH eligible for a $1,000 referral reward (paid out in increments over the new hire's first 6 months of service)!

How to Apply:

External candidate: Apply online only at:

We value the diversity of our workforce and we embrace the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment. M/F/Vet/Disability

Johnsonville values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country. We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.
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  • Job Reference: 706745213-2
  • Date Posted: 8 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Johnsonville Sausage
  • Location: Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Trades & Services
  • Job Type: Permanent