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Facility & Ammonia Refrigeration Technician

Category: Experienced Professionals

Is Full Time: Yes



Based in Wheeling, WV, the Ziegenfelder Company is a private, family-owned frozen novelty manufacturer that focuses solely on producing the highest quality frozen ice novelties, commonly referred to as twin pops. We are the largest manufacturer of twin pops in the country with production facilities in Wheeling, WV; Chino, CA; and Denver, CO.  

The Ziegenfelder Company has averaged solid double-digit growth for the past 15 years while growing our tribe from 60 employees in one facility with three production lines to over 300 employees across three facilities and 10 production lines.  Core to our success has always been making the highest quality, best tasting products in the market and selling them to valued customers at the best possible price.  The Ziegenfelder Company owns and produces the brand Budget Saver, as well as, licensed and private labeled products for premiere retailers, such as Albertsons, Dollar General, Kroger, and Walmart.  24/7 operations in our three facilities, generates over 2.2 million pops per day.

Ziegenfelder’s growth and success is clearly due to our dedicated tribe.  We value integrity, creativity and innovation, and are committed to positively impacting our workforce and the communities in which we live and work.

Growing together, revolutionizing our company and bringing smiles to every home in America.

Making people smile with really cool treats.

Growing Better Together.


Think Tribe First

Win by Always doing the Right Thing

Inspire Each Other

Nurture our Zieggy Economy

Serve Others


Join our Tribe and help build out this critical new position for our organization!  Bring your ammonia refrigeration expertise to organize and perform advanced service, repairs, troubleshoot and conduct overhauls to Anhydrous Ammonia Refrigeration System(s) in a manner that complies with federal, state, local, IIAR and RETA codes and standards, as well as, company rules, PSM/RMP policies, safe work practices and RAGAGEP’s. 


The Ziegenfelder Facility & Ammonia Refrigeration Technician is responsible for:

  • Performing Labeling and Tagging of systems and/or checks for verifications.
  • Performing daily inspections and walk throughs including checking ammonia, vessels, valves and associated equipment located in the equipment rooms and on the roof of the manufacturing plant.
  • Participating in reviewing, red-lining, and updating Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), as well as, utilize the SOP’s to perform the operations and maintenance on the systems.
  • Performing Maintenance Tracking Sheet (MTS) Inspections for the Mechanical Integrity of the Ammonia Refrigeration Systems.
  • Performing IIAR Bulletin 6 Inspections for the Ammonia System Equipment.
  • Executing complex repairs and major overhauls to system components, and associated equipment, utilizing original equipment manufacturers recommendations and specifications and/or other recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices.
  • Understanding complex electrical schematics, PLC control functions, and Electrical Distribution systems and the ability to troubleshoot root causes and determine proper repairs.
  • Performing charging, evacuation, and pressure testing of system vessels and components during projects and Line Breaking procedures in accordance with established policies and industry standards.
  • Performing installations and replacements of refrigeration system components and associated equipment, within the guidelines set forth by the management of change procedure.
  • Analyzing system data and trending values to determine the need for increased maintenance frequencies or improved maintenance procedures and safe work practices.
  • Assisting department management in the supervision and documentation of Contractor activity and performance on or around the process equipment.
  • Planning resolutions to system deficiencies as noted in the various PSM audit tracking logs and maintaining all required information and documentation to support the activity.
  • Providing mechanical and technical guidance and expertise to Operation Level Refrigeration Operators to continually improve the education, experience and skill set within the department.
  • Participating as a member of the Emergency Response Team and responding to events including chemical releases and spills.
  • Performing various other duties as directed by Operations and Director of Maintenance to include assistance with other departmental issues.


Leaders at all levels and in all roles at Ziegenfelder strive to demonstrate leadership competencies. As Facility & Ammonia Refrigeration Technician, you will demonstrate:

  • Integrity: Is direct and truthful, is ethical in making decisions and speaks candidly about tough issues. Is open-minded and listens to tribe members at all levels.  Is widely trusted by others and keeps confidences.
  • Self-awareness: Has an accurate picture of strengths and weaknesses and is willing to improve.
  • Accountability: Seeks to take responsibility before placing blame. Able to react when unexpected problems arise, and proactive in developing plans to prevent problems from reoccurring.  Admits mistakes, owns failures and commits to deliver expectations and responsibilities.
  • Credibility: Makes decisions and problem solves based on regulations, facts, data and science.   Clearly understands and communicates performance standards and expectations to others and is willing to hold self and others accountable to performance standards.
  • Commitment: Contributes maximum effort to support company initiatives and is tenacious when problem solving for the good of the tribe and organization. Willing to go above and beyond to support success for others and the company.
  • Teamwork: Focuses others’ energy on common goals, priorities and problems. Seeks common ground in an effort to resolve conflicts. Works harmoniously with colleagues and departments.
  • Initiative: Works to identify and seize opportunities when they arise. Demonstrates initiative and is motivated to drive improvement.  Skilled at original thought when evaluating problems and developing action plans.  Able to consult with peers and third parties when additional expertise may be needed. 
  • Values and gives feedback: Seeks out, responds to, shares, and uses feedback.


  • EPA Universal Certification required and RETA/GCAP certifications recommended but not required.
  • Relevant technical experience may substitute for education requirements.
  • Strong Electrical and Maintenance Skills required.
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience as an ammonia operator and technician preferred.
  • Understanding and experience with PSM implementation and system maintenance preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-pace environment with a high level of intellectual curiosity, and a passion and desire to understand and improve processes and SOP’s.
  • Excellent written and communication skills and ability to instill a positive team environment. Must be able to communicate comfortably with the shop floor as well as members of the executive team.
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and CMMS.
  • Travel opportunities may arise to support other facilities with refrigeration systems.


  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Ability to lift 30-50 pounds and move objects to a higher, lower or horizontal position.
  • Ability to bend, twist, reach and grasp actions.
  • Good spatial awareness working around manufacturing equipment.


  • May be subject to noise above 85 decibels with proper protective equipment.
  • May be subject to cold temperatures of less than 32F with proper protective equipment.