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Electrical Controls Specialist

Santa Clara, California

Job Category: Maintenance/Trades

Req ID 22615
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The Electrical Controls Specialist inspects, maintains, repairs, modifies, and upgrades ride control systems to always ensure safe and efficient operations. Responsibilities and requirements may vary by location.

Salary details: $37.58/hr. - $46.98/hr., based on prior experience


• Demonstrate a solid knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and both AC & DC, high and low voltage motor control circuits.
• 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.
• 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.

• 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.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Associate degree (2 year college) in Electrical/Electronic repair and maintenance.
  • Requires 4-6 years of electrical controls experience, including at least 2 years working on similar electrical and electronic controls.
  • Has substantial understanding of the job and applies knowledge and skills to complete a wide range of tasks.
  • Works on diversified assignments that are moderately difficult, requiring judgment in analysis of facts surrounding individual transactions/problems and in determination of actions to be taken within the limits of standard or accepted practice.
  • Works under direction where definite objectives are established. Normally receives little instruction on daily work and general instructions on newly introduced assignments.
  • Performs complex projects within the park related to electrical/electronic ride
  • Must have a solid knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers, 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. Ability to demonstrate the use PLC software and test equipment for PLC programming and configuration.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Directly related experience or a combination of directly related education and experience and/or competencies may be considered in place of the above requirements.
  • Meets scheduling availability requirements, including nights, weekends and holiday periods to meet business needs.
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