Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods

  • Smithfield, VA

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

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Your Opportunity

As part of our Engineering team, you would analyze data, draft implementation plans for production process optimization. Seeking out ways to maximize efficiencies by eliminating the waste of valuable resources that directly impact our overall operating costs. You are instrumental to the manufacturing of Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, and our other product brands, to meet the needs of our customers and consumers.

The Sr. Utilities Engineer, working as part of the Smithfield Engineering staff, will help our facilities manage and optimize their utility systems by specializing in and focusing on all aspects of industrial refrigeration, boiler, and compressed air systems operation; including but not limited to design, development, implementation of projects, troubleshooting and optimizing existing systems, and providing advice on regulatory matters.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support all US Fresh and Packaged Meat Facilities as required.
  • Work directly with facilities teams and project engineering on developing Capital Infrastructure Plans.
  • Assist in developing designs including selecting equipment, obtaining quotes and scheduling work as requested.
  • Develop and assist in the implementation of resolutions to issues related to facility refrigeration systems.
  • Engage professional refrigeration engineering resources during the design and development of projects.
  • Leads multiple efforts in different fields, ensuring adherence to proper protocols and practices.
  • Assist with the planning and budgeting process for various utilities engineering improvement projects, with the goal of meeting project expectations and time requirements.
  • Implement new systems and standardize equipment requirements.
  • Research and assist in testing new technology.
  • Assess and understand complex operations and systems to support Operations management.
  • Identify and correct deficiencies within existing systems by performing load, charge, and relief calculations.
  • Optimize utility systems based on facility operating requirements.
  • Participate in Corporate sponsored training, such as Brown Belt courses at Iowa State as needed.
  • Assist facilities and PSM Management Team in compliance related issues as requested.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Engineering or related field and 5+ years of related experience and/or training in operations, maintenance and optimization of Ammonia Refrigeration systems, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience, required.
  • RETA CIRO (Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator) certification, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration. ANSI/IIAR2 certification, Garden City Program Operator II certification, or equivalent certification from another nationally recognized ammonia training program; required.
  • Possess a deep theoretical understanding of industrial refrigeration systems and can apply that knowledge to the roles and responsibilities of the position.
  • Electrical experience and troubleshooting in low and high voltage circuits, motors, and controls.
  • Waste water operations experience is preferred.
  • Strong reading, math, writing, analytical skill required.
  • Perform assigned tasks efficiently with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This role has no supervisory responsibilities but may provide guidance for the overall direction and coordination of the Engineering staff at the plant(s).

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Office and plant setting. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. * Must be able to work at elevated heights.

Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit .


More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.


Working at Smithfield isn’t just a job – it’s the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.


Our people matter. That’s why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.


Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly®” and serve as one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit , and connect with us on , , and .

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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