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Refrigeration Operator (Crew B) Grand Forks, ND

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


This job will maintain and operate all equipment, including air compressors, HVAC equipment, and the ammonia refrigeration system.

SIGN ON BONUS &  RELOCATION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE! $10K sign on bonus (split up as follows: $2,500 upon hire and $7,500 payable in 3 semi annual payments)

Key Responsibilities


  • The individual in this position will be required to fully understand the purpose and operation of the refrigeration systems and have the ability to make basic decisions based on sound judgment when a situation dictates. 
  • It is imperative that the refrigeration operators conduct themselves in a manner that ensures alertness and constant awareness of the safe operation of equipment and their surroundings.
  • Performs refrigeration operational and maintenance duties. 
  • Performs defrost on all freezer evaporators.
  • Ensures the accuracy of data reporting systems such as refrigeration logs, fire protection systems, and cold storage warehouse recorders. 
  • Works on trouble-shooting a large ammonia facility, work on related preventative maintenance work orders and duties that require two or more employees.
  • Operates and maintains the compressed air system, HVAC and AMU units, as well as the Fire Protection System. 
  • Plays a supporting role in the continued progress of plant process safety management system (PSM).
  • Performs basic duties using ammonia full face gas mask.
  • Certification is required.
  • Performs acetylene cutting and heating in a safe and correct manner when repairing and fabricating equipment.
  • Understands fully lock/out tag out procedures both for electrical and valve shut off.
  • Performs all such other duties as may be reasonably assigned by Manager

Typical Education


High school diploma or general education degree (GED)


  • Has completed Refrigeration Operator SJT forms.
    • Must complete Refrigeration Operator  SJT
      • Phase 1 within 45 days of hire date
      • Phase 2 within 6 Months of hire date
      • Phase 3 within 1 Year 6 Months of hire date
  • Job Description Addition – CARO Refrigeration Operator
    • Within 2 years of hire date complete CARO Refrigeration Operator SJT which includes (based on past and present work experience) testing, passing, and maintaining RETA “CARO” certification.
  • Job Description Addition – CIRO Refrigeration Operator
    • Complete CIRO Refrigeration Operator SJT which includes (based on past and present work experience) testing, passing, and maintaining RETA “CIRO” certification.

Relevant Experience

1+ years related experience and/or training.

Required Certifications

CIRO, CARO, RETA preferred.

Other Information


  • Must be able to read, understand, and communicate in English in a manner to successfully complete job duties.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. (heavy valves, motors, etc.)
  • Must be able to use a computer and successfully navigate through various applications. Must be proficient at computer system data entry.
  • Must be able to stand on concrete floors for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work in extreme environments (cold, hot, humid and slippery).
  • Must have a basic knowledge and understanding of HVAC equipment and be able to change filters, belts, and do other minor repairs.
  • Must have a practical mechanical background and manual dexterity in both hands.
  • Must be able to read and interpret written instructions, manufacturers’ manuals, material safety data sheets, and engineering drawings.
  • Must possess or obtain in first week of job a Simplot forklift license. 
  • Applicants must be available to work any shift (7am-7 pm or 7pm-7am).
  • Must have good communication, math and computer skills.
  • Physical activities include walking, bending, stair and ladder climbing, and lifting up to 40 lbs. on a daily basis.

Job Requisition ID: 11238

Travel Required: None

Location(s): FG Plant - Grand Forks 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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