Freezer / Refrigeration Specialist

Freezer / Refrigeration Specialist

Freezer/refrigeration specialists direct, implement, audit and evaluate the maintenance, installation, and repair of cooling and refrigeration systems in the manufacturing and processing sectors. They play an important role in food safety. Additionally, they supervise the removal and placement of carcasses in cold storage rooms and also supervise the packing of meat and counts packs before freezing.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Perform safe handling of refrigeration chemicals
  • Supervise the removal and placement of carcasses in cold storage rooms
  • Supervise the packing of meat and counts packs before freezing
  • Supervise the packing of frozen blocks into cartons
  • Ensure maintenance of machinery required for the freezing of meat products
  • Work closely and communicate effectively with supervisors to accomplish repair and maintenance and operation efficiency
  • Be knowledgeable of electrical testing equipment and basic hand and power tools
  • Ensure compliance with all company, federal, state and local regulations
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, computer skills and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
An associate degree with refrigeration training is required. Training/certificates in food handling safety and processing is a bonus.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Meat and food processing plants that require products be frozen or refrigerated employee freezer/refrigeration specialist.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Association of Ammonia Refrigeration
  • National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association
  • Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$49,000
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