• Title

  • Service Tech Apprentice

    Posted: 07/02/2024

    General Summary

    Learn installation, maintenance and repair of propane and/or oil burning systems, HVAC units, equipment, and appliances for Southern States Cooperative, Inc. (SSC) customers. May also perform repair and maintenance work on diesel or gasoline tanks and equipment. Strictly adheres to government regulations and SSC operating procedures.


    Learn the basics of how to safely install and repair propane, oil burning, diesel and/or gasoline systems, equipment, and appliances according to federal and state codes. Calibrate equipment to proper settings.

    Learn how to utilize HVAC, mechanical, electrical, millwright, plumbing, and other specialized skills and the appropriate tools as determined by the job through structured on-the-job and instructor led training.
    May assist with the delivery of propane and/or heating oil on an as needed basis. Load and deliver supplies of propane and/or other fuels according to standard operating procedures. Handle and lift canisters into truck and/or utilize load hose, meters, gauges, and terminal controls for bulk fuel loading (top load and bottom load). Obtain distribution of fuel from SSC facility or third party terminals.
    Operate Southern States Cooperative, Inc. (SSC) commercial motor vehicles in compliance with government regulations and SSC policy under supervision. Perform routine maintenance and repair to keep vehicles in good working condition.



    • Requires a High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)

    -Possess exceptional customer service skills

    -Licensing requirements vary by location and are based on state/federal regulations.

    -Ability to obtain Petroleum and/or Propane Certification

    -Ability to obtain Commercial Driver's License depending upon location

    -Ability to obtain Hazardous Materials and/or Tanker Endorsements

    -Prefer Apprentice license in HVAC, Liquid Propane Gas Fitter or related trade

    Work Environment

    Performs essential job functions in various environments, including: driving a commercial motor vehicle and working at a customer site, outdoors where may not be protected from weather conditions, and in a warehouse environment subject to seasonal temperatures and humidity.

    Frequently exposed to hazards including:

    • Heating oil, kerosene, diesel, gasoline, and/or liquid propane, and related odors and fumes
    • Moving mechanical parts and vehicles
    • Noise levels where hearing protection is optional per PPE Plan
    • Dust, wet surfaces, vibrations, and electrical current

    Schedule requirements will vary during peak and off-peak seasons. Extended hours and/or alternate work schedules are required and may vary by location. 24/7 On-call or Emergency Service Standby required by many locations. Ability to report to work on time and in adverse weather conditions is required.

    Physical Activities & Requirements

    This role requires continuous physical activity to perform essential job functions for the duration of the shift. At times extended hours are required. Description of physical activity is a general summary and may vary by location.

    • Continuously bend, crouch, stoop; drive motorized equipment; manual dexterity (fingers and hands) for controls, tools and equipment; reach with arms and hands for extended periods while driving and operating equipment; stand and walk for extended periods on uneven surfaces; utilize hands in repetitive motion; utilize eye/hand/foot coordination; twist back and neck. Pull, push, lift, carry up to 50 pounds.

    • Frequently balance, kneel, stack, sweep; climb steps in and out of vehicle throughout the shift; utilize feet in repetitive motion. Pull, push, lift, carry 50-80 pounds, may be assisted

    • Occasionally pull, push, lift, carry 80-100 pounds, may be assisted. Depending upon location, may pull or push propane tanks (170+ pounds) utilizing handcart and move large equipment for installation.


    Must be able to hear vehicle and equipment sounds, co-workers and radio. Must be able to speak to co-workers and customers regarding operations and safety. Specific vision abilities required by this position include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

    Tools & Equipment:

    Hard hat, steel toed shoes, safety glasses, gloves, respirator, face shield, front end loader, forklift, handcart, manuals, forms, spreadsheets, telephone, writing instrument. Additional personal protective equipment as required by any and all product warning labels. Commercial motor vehicles and specialized tools and equipment, all of which may vary by location.

    Southern States Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against individuals based on their race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, family medical history or genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws or regulations.

    Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled