Plant Operations Engineer in AK

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Westward Seafoods Inc
Plant Operations Engineer
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Job Types:
EE/Instr./Ctrls. Engr., Manufacturing/Mechanical Engr., Utilities/Refrigeration

The primary responsibility of the Plant Operations Engineer is to manage the Westward Seafoods Engineering Department including, but not limited to the Powerhouse, Refrigeration and Meal Plant departments. This position will also assist with plant maintenance and building maintenance along with assisting the electrical, auto, machine shop, and shipping/receiving departments. This position may require filling in for the Assistant Chief Engineer when they are not available.


Project Management : Develop projects based on the needs of the department and from input from other departments. Design, schedule and order material, vendors, and staffing. Track progress of jobs, material. Implement and to put into operation.

Work request : Manage, prioritize and follow through on work requests from other departments

Safety compliance: Maintain and follow OSHA as well as WSI developed safety programs.

Regulatory compliance : Maintain and comply with WSI’s Ammonia PSM / RMP as per OSHA and EPA regulation, monitoring and compliance of EPA/SEP program, and produce and submit Energy audit reports.

Training: Manage and conduct employee training

Purchasing: Review new purchase requisitions and approve them as necessary

CMMP : Manage inventories, purchases, work orders, task equipment’s and scheduling using MP2.

HR : Observe compliance of Westward Seafoods HR policies and perform monitor and disciplinary action as required • Operations, Maintenance and Repair: Stationary engines, boilers, auxiliary equipment, all machinery associated with the plant refrigeration system, all machinery and equipment associated with the Fish Meal Plant.

• Employee development: Ensure department employees are progressing toward required certifications and other company sponsored training.

• Other duties as assigned. This position reports directly to the Chief Engineer

WAGE: DOE - STATUS: Exempt - Housing, Meals, Transportation to/from Point of Hire - Full Medical, PTO Plan, and 401(k) benefits upon eligibility. WSI has a zero tolerance Drug and Alcohol Policy



• Ability to work hours that necessitate demand in 24-hour production environment.

• Requires physical ability to lift a minimum of 75 pounds.

• Must have the strength and endurance, motor skills, and range of motion to effectively manage production workload.


• Must have 3+ years in a multi disciplined environment including electrical, mechanical, power distribution and generation, refrigeration, steam systems, civil and structural engineering.

• Must be able to perform all engineering mathematical functions.

• Must be proficient in Word, Excel and have experience with CAD

• Knowledge of generators, steam boilers, air compressors, centrifuges, glycol heating systems, and electrical distribution.

• Knowledge in the maintenance and repair of a 3,700 hp ammonia refrigeration system.

• Knowledge in all safety and emergency response procedures associated with working with ammonia.

• Understanding and knowledge in electrical circuits, purgers, plate and frame heat exchangers, blast cell and plate freezers, brine tanks, box chillers, ice machines, and ice delivery systems.

• Two years previous experience with Meal Plant equipment, including the steam system, electrical distribution, cooker, bone separator, conveyers, silo, and bagging equipment.

• Ability to work collaboratively with plant management.

• Ability to recognize, report, and correct safety hazards for self and others.

• Ability to create and maintain a safe work environment in accordance with WSI’s safety procedures and policies.

• Great organizational and communication skills.

• Pleasant and professional manner in dealing with co-workers and supervisors.

• Ability to work well in a team environment.

• Ability to understand, speak, read, and write the English Language.

Additional Notes

  • WSI has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.
  • A Background check is performed on all new hires and re-hires.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen.
  • First ninety (90) days of employment is considered Probationary.
  • Must be proficient in the ability to understand, speak, write and read the English language.
  • Must be able to identify, correct and report Safety Hazards.
  • Must be able to reside and work in a Multi-Cultural Environment being able to get along with people from many various backgrounds.
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