Industrial Refrigeration Specialist

Work LocationDelicato Vineyards Manteca

Position Purpose

Under general supervision, the Industrial Refrigeration Specialist performs a variety of specialized work in General Maintenance and Ammonia Refrigeration. This position performs highly diversified duties to install, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain production equipment in accordance with proper safety procedures and industry best practices.

Essential Duties

  • Installs and maintains diverse ammonia refrigeration systems
  • Performs general and preventative maintenance on all compressors and ammonia refrigeration systems, changes filters and replaces any parts as they wear out
  • Ensures calibration of RTDs, and other ammonia refrigeration devices and controls
  • Performs mechanical and electrical checks on all ammonia refrigeration system motors, sensors, safeties, and controls
  • Performs mechanical checks on belts, couplings, shaft seals, and handles all ammonia refrigeration lubrication duties
  • Maintains and repairs ammonia refrigeration systems at multiple Delicato Family Wines locations
  • Reads P&ID’s and block flow diagrams for all ammonia refrigeration equipment
  • Performs diagnostics and determines root cause pertaining to malfunctions on ammonia refrigeration systems
  • Responds to emergency situations in order to resolve issues on an immediate basis
  • Replaces faulty or expired parts
  • Provides critical support of ammonia refrigeration systems, ensuring that the equipment is available to meet production schedules 
  • Inspects refrigeration plants and their applicable electrical control systems to determine need for maintenance and repair
  • Detects malfunctions and creates and implements plans for resolution

*Other duties may be assigned

Non-Essential Duties

*Other duties may be assigned

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required;  AA/AS degree in mechanical, electrical, or industrial maintenance a plus
  • Completion of a craft apprenticeship, or an equivalent number of years of education and production maintenance experience
  • 7 years’ experience in specialized field of knowledge
  • Winery experience is preferred

Certificates and Licenses

  • RETA Trained – Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator (CARO Certified)
  • RETA Trained – Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES Certified) (not mandatory, but a plus)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understands basic refrigeration cycle to include: identifying components in refrigeration circuit, understanding how each component works, diagnosing problems in the refrigeration circuit, pressure/temperature chart and temperature measuring devices for routine maintenance and troubleshooting. Understands refrigeration recovery, evacuation, and chargin
  • Possess very in-depth knowledge and understanding of all components and theory of operation
  • Must be able to troubleshoot basic electrical circuits
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Thermodynamics — Knowledge of the physical science that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy, such as mechanical and electrical

Working Conditions

  • General manufacturing production environment with occasional travel
  • Indoor and outdoor environment with exposure to the elements/temperature variations
  • Exposure to weather-related temperature & humidity extremes
  • Extended Hours
  • Shift Rotation
  • Required to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Must be able to pass fit test and perform work while wearing respirators
  • Work at protected heights of 50’
  • Work in close quarters or confined spaces
  • Exposure to varying levels of dust, chemicals, fumes, gases, and noisy equipment 
  • Occasionally may be required to lift and carry items up to 50 lbs
  • Required to drive automotive equipment 
  • Required to operate aerial work platforms

Work Standards

  • Acts in a manner reflective of the Company culture of High Moral Standards, Innovation and Continuous Evolution, Trust in Team, Continuous Improvement, and Sustainable Relationships
  • Communicates, interacts, and works effectively with others; receptive to feedback and coaching; voices concerns in a constructive manner
  • Demonstrates commitment to safety first; communicates safety concerns; promotes a safe work environment based on established safety standards and training
  • Follows all Company policies and procedures

Additional Comments

Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time

California Pay Transparency Disclaimer: This is a Non-Exempt position. The pay range for this position is $31.52 to $49.34. It is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role. Actual placement within range will be contingent upon a number of factors, including but not limited to the candidate's qualifications, education, experience, internal equity and alignment with market data.


Delicato Family Wines offers its employees a generous and comprehensive benefits package. The core health insurance components include medical, dental and vision, where Delicato covers nearly the entire cost for employees and a large percentage for dependents. Additional health benefits include life, disability and flexible spending accounts. Other benefits include 401(k) with generous company match, discretionary profit sharing, paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, wine & merchandise discounts, tuition reimbursement, gym discounts & many more.


Delicato Family Wines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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