Refrigeration Operator

Job Location: 
Whistler Sliding Centre

The Refrigeration Operator is part of a dedicated team responsible for the operation and maintenance of Whistler Sliding Centre’s Ammonia Refrigeration Plant and Whistler Sliding Centre facilities.  Working with the Refrigeration plant, Facility Operations, Track operations and the Guest services departments, the Refrigeration Operator is part of a team that provides  a world class training and competition venue.  This is a seasonal role with varied shifts, including flexibility to work weekends and evenings/nights.

  • Ensure plant operations are performed safely and efficiently according to industry standards
  • Maintain continuous plant performance and prescribed plant out-put by monitoring and responding to changes in operating conditions and system load demands
  • Provide complete and effective shift turn-over to on-coming shift
  • Perform routine maintenance work such as painting, HVAC maintenance, basic plumbing, mechanical systems inspection, monitoring of building systems, tracking and reporting of preventative tasks for all WSC buildings
  • On an on-going basis, be up-to-date with; plant conditions by reviewing the operations communication binder, work orders, log book, shift turn over reports, plant control systems, or other communication protocols as directed or required
  • Respond to emergency situations, resolving immediate safety and/or operational concerns to ensure minimal work interruption and safe operations
  • Deliver orientation sessions for athletes and public programs (both in the Guest Services building and track-side when assisting with the delivery of public tours and rides)
  • Facilitate public and sport programs (Bobsleigh and Skeleton Sport Experience).
  • Duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Gather and process participant information and waivers
    • Equipment safety inspections, e.g., helmets
    • Lead program safety presentation
    • Maintain radio communications with Control Tower
    • Shuttle/walk participants to start and return
    • Safely unload sled into ready position
    • Safely load guests into sled
    • Recap safety components and final check of guest equipment and comfort level
    • Assist pilots at Finish Dock, and assist guests to unload safely
    • Safely load sled onto truck
    • Track maintenance duties, as assigned
    • Set up and operate camera for guest photos
  • Daily preparation, repairs and maintenance of the Track sliding surface including: shoveling, sweeping, spritzing, slushing, and scraping
  • Execute Track clearances, identify and report safety hazards
  • Set and maintain Track shading systems as needed
  • Maintain safe access to public areas by participating in snow removal duties as required
  • Sled transportation (driving)
  • Facilitate public and sport programming on the Track
  • Foster a strong culture of health and safety; work with Human Resources, and Safety to
  • Ensure that all WorkSafeBC and BC Safety Authority requirements are met
  • Support all WSL departments in the execution of WSC programs including domestic and international competitions
  • Adhere to all operational and safety procedures including wearing PPE’s when required including ‘creepers’ while on-ice
  • Assist in general up-keep of the Whistler Sliding Centre and support WSL departments in the execution of WSC programs including domestic and international competitions
  • Assist with the execution of special events as required
  • Carry out Whistler Sport Legacies’ AIM philosophy:All Interactions Matter
  • Assist team with other duties as assigned or required
  • College/University/Trades education with relevant certifications required
  • Certificate of Qualification for Refrigeration Systems, Refrigeration Operators Certificate, or higher required
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience required as an Refrigeration Operator required
  • Knowledge of plant instrumentation and control system ( i.e. Delta Programs) preferred
  • Working knowledge of a refrigeration plant, including ammonia refrigeration systems, procedures, equipment, maintenance and proper operating conditions preferred
  • General knowledge of the Whistler Sliding Centre venue, and the sports of Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton, as well as high performance training an asset
  • Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license required


  • Analytical and problem solving skills required
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Proven ability to take on additional responsibilities without guidance
  • Ability to work well as part of a team as well as unsupervised
  • Good written and verbal communication skills as well as good interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to assist other team members (perhaps outside the department) as needed and requested
  • Passion for exceptional customer service is essential
Physical Requirements: 
  • Ability to work outdoors in variable winter weather conditions
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • Adequate ability to distinguish colours for monitoring alarms on computer screens
  • Ability to wear and work while wearing a full face respirator
Applications Open/Close: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 to Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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