Electrical Controls Specialist Job at California's Great America, Santa Clara, CA

  • California's Great America
  • Santa Clara, CA

Job Description


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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Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Contract work, For contractors, Immediate start, Shift work, Night shift,

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