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Electrical Controls Specialist III - Full Time

Charlotte, North Carolina

Job Category: Maintenance/Trades

Req ID18682
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Inspects, maintains, repairs, modifies, and upgrades ride control systems to always ensure safe and efficient operations. Responsibilities and requirements may vary by location.

  • Inspects and evaluates rides for proper function. Detects and investigates any electronic/electrical malfunctions or irregularities and responds to daily trouble calls.
  • Orders parts as needed for maintaining ride control systems.
  • Ensures rides are maintained according to the manufacturer, Cedar Fair, and state guidelines to ensure the safety of ride control operators and guests.
  • Makes suggestions on improving or retrofitting existing ride control systems when variables such as obsolescence indicate the need for doing so.
  • Coordinates activities with other departments and crews as necessary.
  • Maintains working copy of existing control system software and keeps up-to-date with newer versions.
  • Maintains integrity of ride control programs and annually checks for discrepancies of each ride system.
  • Coordinates and performs annual preventative maintenance of ride control systems.
  • Maintains documentation of ride control systems. Prepares and/or processes numerous maintenance records, shift reports, purchase orders, modification forms, estimates, contract agreements, schedules, etc.
  • Assists in other areas where control expertise is required such as energy management lighting systems.
  • May oversee the work of outside contractors.
  • Attends workshops, trainings, meetings, etc. to maintain skills and stay abreast of industry trends, products, and resources.
  • Receives and reviews various records and reports, including maintenance requests, maintenance reports, schematics, ride modification forms, purchase orders, equipment manuals, shift reports, safety sheets, down time reports, contractor quotes, etc.
  • Refers to policy and procedure manuals, maintenance manuals, technical manuals and diagrams, blueprints, computer manuals, ride manuals, catalogs, reference manuals, etc.
  • Operates a variety of equipment and machinery, which may include a vehicle, snorkel lift, forklift, computer, two-way radio, etc. Uses a variety of supplies and tools, which may include computer and clerical supplies, electrician tools, meters, scopes, other hand and power tools, etc.
  • Interacts with and communicates with various groups and individuals, such as the immediate supervisor, other Park managers and staff, co-workers, guests, vendors, contractors, inspectors, etc.
  • Provides guest service according to Cedar Fair standards when serving the guest, 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 supervisor.
  • 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 code of conduct including costuming and grooming standards as outlined in employees’ Guidelines and other park/division specific policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Typically requires 4-6 years of electrical controls experience, including at least 2 years working on similar electrical controls.
  • Associate degree (2 year college) in Electrical/Electronic repair and maintenance. 
  • Solid knowledge of control processors, components, and communication networks used in real-time industrial applications.
  • Excellent skills in motor and motion control methods and components and in designing and
    implementing closed-loop motion control. Good skills with using the tools and equipment required.
  • Basic skills using Auto CAD.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and coordinate between co-workers, guests, vendors, contractors, and inspectors. PLC programming and configuration.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Themed amusement park experience a plus.
  • Ability to climb and work at heights up to 330 feet.
  • Must be able to read electrical schematic charts, technical manuals and diagrams, and policy and procedure manuals.
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment including steel toed shoes, fall protection equipment.
  • Ability to pass a mandatory or random drug test, per Company policy, unless prohibited by federal, state or provincial law.
  • Ability to pass a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, credit, criminal, DMV, previous employment, education and personal references, per Company policy, unless prohibited by federal, state, or provincial law.
  • Ability to work with tools, two-way radio, various office and shop equipment, welding equipment, hand and power tools, heavy rigging, machinery, and heavy equipment, which may include forklift, genie lift, boom truck, lathe, milling machine, steam cleaner, etc.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays and overtime.
  • Valid driver’s license.
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