Kettle Cuisine

Refrigeration Technician / Mechanic

Seattle, WA
May 8, 2024
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Job Description


Job Summary

· Responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of all Utility equipment ensuring product quality, employee safety, and food safety standards, as well as regulatory requirements are met or exceeded.

· Areas of responsibilities include, but not limited to: Ammonia Compressors, refrigeration systems, boilers, wastewater, HVAC, Production and storage areas, Chillers, Kitchen Ventilation, Fire and Life Safety Systems.

· Effectively troubleshoots and promptly repairs the utility systems mentioned

· Supports adherence to the production schedule developed by the Master Scheduler ensuring the highest levels of customer service and production efficiency by ensuring effective and efficient equipment operation and limited downtime.

· Efficiently operate equipment in a safe manner in accordance with OEM guidelines.

· Completes schedule Preventative Maintenance Task as assigned.

· Maintains equipment records and inspections.

· Maintains neat and orderly personal appearance.

· Plans own work by organizing job site, specifying OEM parts, communicating plan to affected personnel, and staging appropriate tools.

· Maintain effective line of communication between maintenance and operations. Provide current and correct information to the operations team on maintenance issues that relate to floor production.

· With QA, Safety, and others as appropriate, assists in execution of action plans related to health/safety to ensure the highest level of compliance.

· Assist in the completion of GSTD investigations


Qualifications and Experience

· 2 to 5+ years of ammonia, refrigeration, and boiler experience; Food manufacturing experience preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience

· Have or ability to obtain refrigeration and boiler certification

· Preferred specialized advanced skills:

o Vibrational Analysis

o PLC/Control experience

· Able to work independently and jump in to resolve pressing maintenance requests that may impact the safety of others, and the operation of the plant as a whole

· Ability to obtain Full-face respirator certification (we will provide certification program)

· Proficient in – Microsoft Word and Excel, CMMS, Control System

· Able to read electrical and mechanical plans

· Ability to obtain forklift/ scissor lift/ and boom lift certification


Required Attributes

Self-starter able to conceptualize and drive initiatives forward
Positive attitude and motivated by contributing to the overall success of the team
Able to develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Creative problem-solving skills
Obsessive attention to detail, well organized and able to juggle many projects at once
Comfortable moving at a fast pace and in ambiguous environments
Passionate about food
Willing to address difficult situations head on with patience and respect


Level Of Responsibility

· Works with little supervision, but work is reviewed. Exercises discretion within areas of responsibility.

· Recommends actions and alternatives to supervisor and others.

· Position has little to no contact with customers.

· Position makes indirect contribution to efforts that generate moderate levels of revenue.

· Decisions or actions may have a moderate impact on other departments and/or external relationships of the organization. Errors or delays may result in immediate interruption of work output.


Compensation: $35.00-$40.00/hr. (DOE)

Kettle Cuisine offers the following benefits at low cost or no cost:

Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance
Paid Time Off (PTO) and Sick Leave
Paid Holidays
Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
Life Insurance and Disability Insurance
Tuition Assistance


Working Conditions and Physical Effort

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.

Physical Demands/Efforts

· Extensive walking and standing

· Vision/hearing

· Talking

· Repetitive motion (hands/wrists)

· Climb and balance on stairs and ladders

· Traverse flights of stairs between 10-40+ times per shift

· Ability to travel to the wastewater building at a moment’s notice

· Ability to quickly respond to emergency situations related to ammonia, refrigeration, fire and life safety systems, and wastewater.

· Must be willing to work weekends and some holidays

· Work requires consistent physical exertion, including lifting objects weighing up to 50-60 pounds.

Mental & Visual Demands

· Work performed by this position requires moderate concentration to effectively execute complex tasks.

· Work occasionally requires some degree of visual effort for periods of time.

Work Environment and Hazards

· Employee works in a manufacturing setting with exposure to heat, cold, dust, or other factors of minor inconvenience.

· Need to work weekends and overtime as required.



Kettle Cuisine complies with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. This means we will not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability in any phase of the employment relationship including application for employment, hiring, promotions and/or advancement opportunities, termination, compensation, training and any other conditions or privileges of employment.

Core Values

Kettle Cuisine takes the utmost pride in its people, products and reputation. Each employee is expected to understand and live our Core Values every day.

· Honor Food – We create and produce the best tasting, safest, all-natural recipes that strive for perfection in every batch, from bench to kettle

· Honor Each Other – We seek to develop trusting, respectful and mutually rewarding relationships with all our team members and business partners

· Honor Development – We recognize and nurture each other’s talents, strengths and interests in order to further strengthen and grow our team

Honor Innovation – We continually strive for creative and sustainable ways to achieve excellence