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Ride Mechanic

Buena Park, California

Job Category: Maintenance/Trades

Req ID 22101
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The Ride Maintenance Mechanics perform inspections, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and annual rehabilitation of a variety of different amusement rides and attractions. Areas of responsibility include (but are not limited to) maintenance of: gearboxes, chains, sprockets, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, wire rope, hoists, brakes, pumps, and large bearings. Climbing and working safely at height is an essential part of this job.

Hourly Pay Rate:

Level 1: $22.50/hr. - $28.13/hr.

Level 2: $28.64/hr. - $36.23/hr.

Level 3: $35.44/hr. - $44.30/hr.

**The hourly pay rate offered is based on job-related experience, knowledge and skills, among other factors. Standard benefits package including medical, dental, and vision, 401K, vacation, sick, and holiday pay

  • Performs daily, weekly, monthly, annual, and other required inspections of amusement rides and related equipment as assigned; taking corrective actions as issues are identified. Inspections are visual as well as auditory.
  • Performs scheduled and unscheduled preventative maintenance, inspects, repairs and tests amusement rides and related equipment. This may include repair or replacement of major components such as hydraulic cylinders, gears, chains, sprockets, pneumatic cylinders, hoses, brakes, clutches, wheels, bearings, gearboxes, springs, or a wide variety of other mechanical devices.
  • Trouble shoots a variety of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical systems and takes appropriate corrective actions.
  • Properly follows all repair procedures and maintains accurate documentation of all repairs. Maintains orderly and accurate records of all required inspections and work performed, and submits required paperwork to supervision in a timely manner.
  • Communicates the status of assigned rides both verbally and in written format.
  • Maintains all assigned equipment in a safe and ready condition according to all applicable codes, laws, rules, company policies, and best practices. Works safely and efficiently on all assigned tasks, coordinates with other as necessary to achieve desired results.
  • Performs a variety of other tasks depending on experience including welding (Mig, Tig and Arc) and fabrication; sets up and operates lathe, mill, drill press, grinder and other metal working equipment.
  • Reads, understands and applies information from manufacturer's manuals for service, repair and or component replacement.  Accurately reads blue prints (mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic).
  • Provides guest service according to Cedar Fair standards when serving the guest or working with subordinates, including initiating guest interactions, answering questions and giving directions.
  • Maintains cleanliness and safety in assigned work area and performs all duties in compliance with Cedar Fair Safety guidelines and requirements and reports all unsafe or unusual conditions to supervision.
  • Meets scheduling availability requirements, including nights, weekends, and holiday periods to meet business needs.
  • Meets Cedar Fair's attendance requirements as outlined in Cedar Fair's attendance policies.
  • Adheres to Cedar Fair's Rules of Conduct including specific costuming and grooming standards as outlined in Employee Guidelines and other park/division specific policies and procedures.
  • Other duties may be assigned.



  • High School Diploma or GED


  • 2 to 6 years of verifiable experience in mechanical maintenance, preferably in an industrial or amusement setting.

Minimum Age

  • At Least 18 Years of Age      


  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret and understand bar graph
  • Ability to speak and understand English at a level sufficient to comprehend basic instructions from supervisors; conduct basic interactions with other employees; and answer simple questions
  • Regularly uses moderately complex oral and written skills. May train others in functional area and interact with others across the company and/or externally. May make presentations to department or middle management.
  • In-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures with ability to use in varied situations.
  • Decisions may affect a work unit or area with a department. May contribute to business and operational decisions that affect the department.


  •     Valid Driver's License
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