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Growers Ice Company - Watch/ Maintenance Engineer

Growers Ice Company - Watch/ Maintenance Engineer

Job Description 

Watch/Maintenance Engineer 


JOB TITLE:     Watch/Maintenance Engineer

EXEMPT:     No 

   DEPT:     Refrigeration 

REPORTS TO:     Director of Engineering or any Refrigeration 

crew member who maintains a higher  

job classification  


LOCATION: Salinas 



This position’s main function is to monitor and operate the refrigeration systems to maintain proper cold room temperatures in all facilities, monitor equipment for proper working order, perform a plant check several times daily to be sure that condensers, compressors and ice machines are all operating properly, to check and maintain chemical levels at an appropriate level and to communicate with the ice dock employees to be aware of their ice needs and maintain a sufficient ice supply. Additionally, the servicing of refrigeration and ice equipment is part of a Watch/Maintenance Engineers responsibility.  Such equipment might include, but not be limited to, condensers, ice generators, evaporators, ice machines, ice plates and condenser coils.  




  • Maintain proper cold room temperatures in all facilities as instructed by the Director of Engineering or any Refrigeration crew member who maintains a higher job classification.  

  • Do a walkthrough of all cold rooms every shift to observe the functioning of all equipment. 

  • Perform plant checks to ensure proper operation of all condensers, compressors and ice machines.   

  • Take systems readings on a regular basis to document the day’s production and efficiencies. 

  • Perform preventive maintenance on all equipment on a scheduled bases which could be: 

  • Daily 

  • Weekly 

  • Monthly 

  • Yearly 

  • Respond to any situations that may arise in a timely manner, such as: 

  • An ammonia leak 

  • Fan units not starting properly 

  • Customer Concerns 

  • Ice screws plugging up  

  • Ice machines shutting down  

  • Repair and rebuild: 

  • Water pumps 

  • NH3 pumps 

  • AC motors  

OTHER DUTIES:  As assigned by the Director of Engineering or any refrigeration crew member who maintains a higher job classification  




Quantity of Work 


  • Watch/Maintenance Engineer will monitor operations, maintain equipment and services, assure proper ice production per direction from the Director of Engineering, any Refrigeration Crew Member who maintains a higher job classification or the General Manager 100% of the time.  The Watch/Maintenance Engineer must meet minimum standards established and communicated by the Director of Engineering.  Standards will be reviewed and may be adjusted based on operational requirements.  The Watch/Maintenance Engineer will do their work in such a manner to be viewed as a credible leader by all levels of the organization, including front-line team members and the General Manager. 

  • Make all company time, productive time.   


Quality of Work 


  • Maintain high standards regarding the entire scope of their work, including attentiveness to accuracy in monitoring systems, courteous and respectful treatment of customers, maintaining a clean and sanitary facility and care and attention to the use of all equipment.  Work must always be done with the safety of the employee and other employees, visitors and the community in general at the forefront other the employees mind.  Employees must adhere to all safety policies and procedures. 


  • Meet job requirements in a timely manner as specified by the Director of Engineering, any Refrigeration crew member who maintains a higher job classification or the General Manager.  One such requirement might be working a rotating shift to meet the companies need for a seven day work week. 


Education and Training 

  • High School education or equivalent, Refrigeration training 

  • Minimum of 1 to years of Refrigeration experience  

  • RETA certification – either CARO or CIRO level or the equivalent  

  • Forklift training and have an operator’s license (or be able to qualify for an operator’s license) 

  • Basic electrical knowledge 

Language Skills 

  • Must have the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos, and be able to effectively respond to and communicate with the crew members, other employees and customers.  Also must be able to respond coherently to basic inquiries from Supervisor(s) Management and staff. 

Mathematical Skills 

  • Must have the basic knowledge of arithmetic functions, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

Reasoning Ability 

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions (either written or oral)  make observations, communicate with others, and operate assigned equipment safely.  


Physical Demands 


  • 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.   

  • Walking – 50 % of the time  for seconds to two minutes at a time 

  • Climbing Ladders –1 %  throughout the day - from six feet to twenty feet in height  

  • Standing – 12 % throughout the day – for seconds to one minute at a time 

  • Sitting – 12 % for seconds to ten minutes at a time  

  • Kneeling/Crouching/Squatting/Bending  – 1 %  infrequently for seconds at a time 

  • Lifting/Carrying – 1% 

  • single person lifting 0 to 35 pounds – seconds to minutes per day 

  • multi person or single person using mechanical assistance - 35 to 50 pounds – seconds to minutes per day  

  • Bending – 25% 

  • Bending of Wrists – seconds to minutes per day  

  • Bending at the Waist – infrequently for seconds to minutes per day 

  • Pushing/Pulling – less than 1% - infrequently for seconds to minutes per day  

  • Reaching – less than 1% -seconds to minutes per day 

  • Grasping – less than 1% 

  • Simple Grasp – seconds to minutes per day 

  • Power Grasp – seconds to minutes per day  

  • Fine Finger Manipulation – less than 1% - seconds to minutes per day  


  • 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. 

  • Noise level: up to 110 decibels 

  • Temperature: 30 degrees to 110 degrees 

  • Standing, Walking and Climbing Surfaces – Wet, moist, icy and slippery surfaces including floors, ladders, platforms and catwalks, metal surfaces heated by the sun, oily surfaces, irregular wooden surfaces. 

Machines, Tools, Equipment: 

  • Ladders 

  • Telephone (Cell Phone) 

  • ForkliftMan Lift, Scissor Lift, Boom Lift 

  • Hoses  

  • Chemicals 

  • Writing Instruments 

  • Truck 

  • Welder 

  • Hand Tools 

  • Power Tools 

  • Automated Process 

Safety Equipment Used: 

  • Steel toe boots (OSHA 2413 compliant)  

  • Safety Glasses 

  • Gloves 

  • Safety Vest 

  • Hard Hat 

  • Dust Masks 

  • Hearing Protection 

  • Climbing Gear 

  • Ammonia Respirator/Breathing Assistance 

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