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The refrigeration mechanic operates, maintains and repairs the ammonia refrigeration system at our seafood processing plant.  Our system holds in excess of 10,000 pounds of ammonia and falls under the requirements of both OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) and EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP).  Balancing operational efficiencies, ensuring optimal refrigeration capabilities, minimizing down time, keeping employees and the environment safe, and meeting regulatory requirements are all critical aspects of the refrigeration department.  Due to the seasonal nature of the fisheries in Alaska, our plant is only open approximately four months per year.  Employees live on site in company provided bunkhouses.  The work schedule is typically 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Additional work may be required during the peak seasons.  Successful candidates bring a wide range of problem solving abilities to contribute to a production-intensive team environment.


  • Operates, maintains and repairs all refrigeration system related machinery and components such as pumps and compressors. 
  • Performs preventative maintenance on equipment and system.
  • Monitors system to prevent potential upsets and to maximize capabilities.  Performs routine inspections and documents appropriately.
  • Follows all requirements of the facility’s PSM and RMP programs for refrigeration compliance.  Documents all work performed.
  • Provides a continuous flow of product through the plant in cooperation with other plant departments.
  • Develops long-term professional working relationships with employees, fishermen, local communities and regulatory agencies.  Represents the company professionally and appropriately in interactions with others.
  • Maintains accurate, compliant and organized paper and electronic business records.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 5+ years working as an ammonia refrigeration mechanic in a food processing plant.
  • Experience following and maintaining PSM and RMP plans.
  • Working knowledge of refrigeration compressors – both electric and diesel driven.
  • Ability to read, write and speak intermediate English in order to communicate with other departments, respond to emergent situations, read and follow PSM and RMP plans, and to document all inspections and work performed on the system.
  • Basic electrical troubleshooting skills.
  • Willingness to adhere to a drug-free work and living environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a seafood processing plant with inherent hazards such as moving machinery, ammonia, wet floors, noise, forklift traffic, etc.  Work is often in inclement weather (cold, wind, rain, snow).
  • Capable of lifting 50 pounds individually.  Capable of lifting heavier loads with coworkers and / or mechanical assistance.
  • Ability to work 12+ hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Consistent and reliable attendance is an essential function of this position.


  • Working knowledge of North Star ice machines


We offer an excellent benefit package including:

  • Traditional, affordable health insurance after approximately two months of work.  Our health insurance includes medical, prescription, vision and dental coverage.  Employees who are laid off at the end of the season are provided with an additional month of coverage.
  • A 401(k) retirement program from day one, with an employer match, for those employees who elect to participate.
  • Round trip transportation to the worksite and back to your point of hire as long as you successfully complete the season.
  • Room and board provided free of charge.
  • Weekly laundry service free of charge.
  • Personal hand tools can be shipped to / from the worksite at the company’s expense.



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