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Ammonia Technician

Posting Date: Jul 5, 2021

Location: Tyler, TX

Company: Brookshire Grocery Company

Brookshire Grocery Company (BGC) is a family business based in Tyler, Texas, and currently operates more than 180 stores in three states – Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas – with three distribution centers and a corporate office. BGC prides itself on offering its partners one of the most comprehensive benefits packages in the industry which includes medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, paid time off, stock ownership, a 401k retirement plan, incentive plans, employee discounts, educational scholarships, and access to BGC’s 205-acre outdoor recreation area.

Job Summary

Responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of ammonia refrigeration, utility equipment, and utility systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitors ammonia refrigeration systems to ensure all components are operating within established set points and parameters.
  • Performs routine maintenance on all mechanical and electrical ammonia refrigeration systems. Completes all required documentation.
  • Interprets maintenance manuals and technical prints to facilitate troubleshooting procedures.
  • Responds to system breakdowns and emergency situations with a sense of urgency. Complies with the Developed Mechanical Integrity program.
  • Provides feedback on necessary changes to better align with Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Intermediate knowledge of ammonia and refrigeration chemistry and operations.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations in a hazardous environment with a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to learn new technology systems, methods and processes.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret information.
  • Ability to reason, form concepts and recognize and solve problems.
  • Ability to prepare reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to research information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form.
  • Ability to use knives/box cutters.
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery/ hazardous equipment.
  • Ability to operate a fork lift/pallet jack.
  • Ability to use precision hand tools.
  • Basic mathematical skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Ability to occasionally travel to off-site and out-of-town locations with possible overnight stays.
  • Ability to work on-call and flexible schedules including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • May be required to drive in accordance with the BGC Driver policy.

Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • High school Diploma or GED required. 
  • Two or more years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of experience and/or higher education required.
  • Completion of vocational or technical school preferred.
  • RETA CARO and/or CIRO certification preferred.
  • RETA Operator I and II certification preferred.
  • 24 Hour Hazardous Response certification preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Continuously required to use close vision, distance vision, depth perception or the ability to focus.
  • Frequently required to talk and hear.
  • Frequently required to use hands for reaching, touching or handling.
  • Frequently required to use fine finger movements (ex. sorting and typing).
  • Frequently required to push, pull, maneuver or lift objects up to 75 lbs.
  • Frequently required to bend, kneel or squat.
  • Frequently required to climb, balance, stoop or crawl.
  • Frequently required to stand or walk.
  • Occasionally required to sit for long periods of time.

Work Context and Environment

  • Work is generally performed in Company retail stores, freezers/walk-ins, motor and electrical rooms, parking lots, and on roofs.
  • May be exposed to ammonia-related chemicals.
  • Frequently exposed to extreme cold conditions (non-weather) depending on area.
  • Frequently exposed to extreme heat conditions (non-weather) depending on area.
  • Frequently exposed to wet, slippery or damp conditions.
  • Frequently exposed to outside temperatures and weather.
  • Frequently exposed to industrial odors, fumes and dust.
  • Frequently exposed to heights.
  • Frequently exposed to confined spaces (ex. air vents, crawl spaces).
  • Occasionally exposed to cleaning agents.
  • Noise level varies.

Brookshire Grocery Company strives to provide a safe, drug free and alcohol-free environment for its partners and guests. The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information or military status and any other trait protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Tyler