Lopez Foods in Cherokee, IA is looking for a Utility Refrigeration Technician.  This is a full-time position working 3-1/2 days per week, 12 hours per day, to support the 24/7 needs of the company.  We have a generous benefit package including very affordable health/dental/vision insurance, STD/LTD/Life Insurance, 401k with a generous employer match, paid vacation and holidays and an opportunity to work locally with a great company that values the importance of work/life balance for their employees.  


The purpose of Utility Refrigeration Technician is to maintain, diagnose, repair, rebuild, adjust, perform preventive maintenance and install equipment within and around the facility to keep the production operational and have zero loss of production.

This individual will perform the duties of a Refrigeration Technician and assist other maintenance personnel on his/her shift and will be responsible for all necessary paperwork and documentation as they relate to the job.

Make rounds keep logs of daily operations and events for the engine room and refrigeration equipment throughout the facility.

Maintain and troubleshooting of ammonia refrigeration compressors, condensers, pumps, vessels / recirculators, purgers, evaporators / RMAU’s, heat exchangers, and control valves / isolation valves while using the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s guidelines.

Pass a physical, pulmonary test, respirator fit test and meet the requirements for Haz-Mat team (Must be able to wear a Level A chemical suit) on an annual basis.

Perform assigned tasks efficiently with minimal supervision.

Perform Line & Equipment Opening procedures.

Adhere to all Lopez Foods safety requirements including, but not limited to, PPE usage, preventing and reporting unsafe acts and conditions, Lock out-Tag out procedures and Process Safety Management related items.

Obtain RETA 1 Certificate within 1 year of hire date.

Obtain RETA 2 Certificate within 2 years of hire date.

Obtain boiler certification

Able to work 12 hour shifts - 3 1/2 days per week.



QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

· High school diploma or GED equivalent and strong reading, math, writing, analytical, skills required.

· 2+ years’ experience in operation and maintenance of Ammonia Refrigeration system.

· 2+ years experience with Boilers 

· Experience with Air Compressor‘s and Air dryers 

· Electrical experience and troubleshooting in low and high voltage circuits, motors, and controls.

· Having HVAC experience with refrigerants R-22, R-134a, R-404A, R-407C and R-410A is preferred

· Basic knowledge of computers.

· This position requires an organized individual, who is self-motivated and can work independently and perform assigned tasks efficiently with minimum supervision


The 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.

· Must be able to work in confined spaces.

· Must be able to work in -40 to 100+ degree temperatures

· Must not be afraid of heights

· Must be highly safety conscious.

· Ability to lift in-excess of 50lbs.


Must possess strength, stamina and mobility to perform physical work in all conditions and with exposure to potentially hazardous conditions; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. Must be able to stand or be on his/her feet for long periods of time on hard surfaces. Will be required to perform continuous and repetitive motion, including: lifting, pushing and pulling product and/or objects, as well as bending, twisting and reaching with the torso and ability to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Use of hands to finger, handle or feel along with reaching with hands and arms.  The product or objects may weigh in excess of sixty pounds. May work in either hot areas or refrigerated areas for long periods of time. Plant environment will include wet, damp, cold, slippery and loud conditions with moving parts and vibrating parts. Noise level in the work environment is usually loud when in the production and powerhouse.

Salary Description
$28.00/hr. - $35.00/hr. DOE