JOB TITLE:  Smokehouse Technician

REPORTS TO:  Smokehouse Manager

SUMMARY: The primary purpose of the Smokehouse Technician is to operate and monitor all smokehouse processes. The role of the Smokehouse Technician is to ensure the product is cooked in a safe and efficient manner to the highest possible quality.


  • Follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) and HACCP training, along with company SOP’s and SSOP’s.
  • Load and unload product into and out of ovens.
  • Set oven controllers to correct program indicated in product specifications.
  • Complete documentation at required intervals according to company practice.
  • Monitor oven cycles and product through testing samples.
  • Perform various tests at required intervals such as PH, water activity and internal temperatures on in-process and finished product.
  • Maintains a safe, clean and organized work area.
  • Work to increase efficiencies and product quality.
  • Works with off-racking to ensure trucks are rotated to processing.
  • Report detected inconsistencies to quality assurance personnel, supervisors or managers.
  • Maintain smoke generators (clean and adjust) control wood chip level.
  • Assists in processing, off-racking and packaging when needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management.
  • Some shifts will perform sanitation functions for the smokehouses and will require chemical training and the use of PPE gear.



  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED), no prior experience necessary.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.
  • Ability to be dependable and maintain regular attendance.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards
  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow
  • Good judgement with the ability to make timely and sound decisions
  • Ability to understand any and all safety requirements and cautions.
  • Ability to perform the physical labor necessary.



  • Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Is consistently at work and on time.
  • Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person.
  • Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, balance, bend, stoop, crouch and talk and hear.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move 30 pounds, and occasionally move carts/gondolas full/empty on wheels weighing up to 700 pounds with assistance.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, temperature vary from 30 to 120 degrees; Minimal risk of electric shock.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to very loud.

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