Position: Lift Maintenance Mechanic Skill
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Department: Mountain Operations
Direct Report: Mountain Operations Manager
Type: Full Time Year-Round
Wage: $24-$34 (wage dependent on experience)
Benefits: 401K | Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance | HSA (Health Savings Account) | PTO (Paid Time Off) | Season Pass Submit
Snowriver Mountains Resort is a part of Midwest Family Ski Resorts, a multi-generational family-owned and operated mountain resort with 3 of the oldest and largest resorts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Our company culture reflects family focused values due to our family ownership, our management team, and our guests, who are primarily Midwest families. We rely on team members who are excited about taking ownership of their role, adapting to change, and working collaboratively with our family of team members.
This position ensures the safe and reliable mechanical operation of lifts, with emphasis on proficiency, instruction, safety, and leadership in all areas of Lift Maintenance. This department is responsible for the safe transport of guests and employees on the mountain and performs skilled work in including, maintaining and/or repairing fixed and detachable chairlifts, surface lifts, tows and conveyors and their related systems and other duties as assigned by management. Will work under the direction of the Mountain Manager but will be expected to present the knowledge and skills necessary to work independently. Duties are performed in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor environments in all weather conditions.
- Maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs ski lift mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and other related systems to ensure safe operations
- Read diagrams and manufacturers’ manuals, fit bearings, rebuild sheave trains, service grips and perform other mechanical procedures requiring specialized training
- Perform and document regular operational testing, preventive maintenance and trouble shoot potential problems.
- Responds to and works to determine causes of lift operational problems promptly.
- Confirm at the end of the operational day that all lifts are shut down properly.
- Complete maintenance and repairs of all lifts and provide the required documentation.
- Review daily logs recorded for repairs and implement those that are needed.
- Efficiently communicate issues and concerns to coworkers and management.
- Work at extreme heights and frequently climb towers in all weather conditions.
- Operates diverse types of equipment and off-road vehicles in all types of terrain.
- Participates in training lift operators and less experienced lift maintenance personnel.
- Performs troubleshooting on electrical control systems, VFD drives, diesel engines, and hydraulic systems, etc. to determine the cause(s) of malfunction(s).
- Understand and ability to work with 480, 277, and low voltage control
- Prescribes and performs emergency repairs to equipment in the field.
- Maintains and documents an inventory of materials, parts, and tools necessary to perform maintenance activities.
- Performs and guides others through lift emergency procedures and evacuations
- Maintains the shop and building grounds in a clean and safe manner.
- Able to run and operate a lift as well as assist in training lift operators.
- Notifies Manager of all unusual events, circumstances, or other safety or quality control issues.
- Willing to wear the required PPE as required, i.e., hardhats, safety glasses, and fall restraint harness.
- Performs other duties as assigned by Supervisor, Manager and/or Directors. Assists other departments, as necessary.
- Mechanical and electrical maintenance knowledge
- Experience operating, maintaining and troubleshooting low voltage control systems, PLCs, HMIs and other complex mechanical/electrical interfaces.
- Knowledgeable with high and low-voltage electrical drives Skilled at troubleshooting and problem-solving
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- An in-depth knowledge of ski industry and lift maintenance best practices and standards
- Ability to understand and interpret electrical and hydraulic schematics to troubleshoot, identify and correct problems.
- Willing and able to perform in severe and inclement weather conditions and terrain for sustained periods
- Experience working at elevated levels with little to no fear of heights
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks effectively
- Able to lift 50-100 lbs.
- Must have an unrestricted US Driver’s License High School or equivalent
- Be able to operate a snowmobile or ATV Able to bend, lift, carry, crawl, climb, reach/extend arms and hands above shoulder height frequently, or otherwise move in a constantly changing environment.
- Must be able to work extended hours outdoors in adverse weather conditions, including extreme cold and heat.
- 3+ years' experience maintaining detachable aerial lifts.
- 3+ years of lift operations experience.
- Experience with Riblet, Doppelmayr, and Leitner Poma Lifts
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities as needed. In addition, as we are a recreational business, availability on peak holiday and weekends is required.