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Apprentice – Lift Maintenance Mechanic

Position Title: 

Apprentice - Lift Maintenance

Reports To: 

Lift Maintenance Manager


Lift Maintenance


Participate in inspections, testing, monitoring, maintenance and repair ski lift machinery and components, tools and buildings to ensure safe and efficient lift operation at all times. Train in lift maintenance procedures to achieve Journeyman Lift Mechanic knowledge and status.


Inspect, test and monitor ski lift machinery and components under supervision.

Execute scheduled maintenance on ski lift machinery and components, tools and buildings, under supervision.

Train in responding to, and determining cause of, lift operational problems and in implementing solutions.

Learn all resort, department, ANSI B.77 and state policies, procedures and regulations.

Log (legibly and accurately) all maintenance and repairs on log sheets, for transfer to maintenance operational log.


Inform Lift Maintenance Manager of all work in progress and any problems encountered.

Organize and clean shop and work areas.

Remove snow from around lift machinery and buildings in winter.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  Broad knowledge of ski lift equipment, terminology and operational procedures. Basic knowledge of mechanical, brake and electrical systems, and their operation. Basic knowledge of Department and State safety procedures. Alertness, precision, ingenuity, memory, concentration, judgment, aesthetic sense, reasoning, initiative, patience, visual discrimination, problem solving, analytic ability, persuasiveness, auditory, tactile and olfactory discrimination, imagination, oral and written communication skills are necessary abilities.
  • Education or Formal Training:  High school diploma or GED.  Current first aid and CPR cards.  Valid Colorado driver’s license.
  • Experience: Ski Lift Operation experience helpful.


Ski lift machinery and components, including electrical and hydraulic systems, diesel and gas engines, and wire cables: heavy maintenance equipment, hand, air and electric tools, welding torches, snowmobiles, lubricants and solvents.


20% of the workday is spent indoors: 80% of the work day is spent outdoors in constantly changing weather conditions, including snow, extreme cold and wet in winter and heat, thunder and lightening storms in summer.

60% of the day is spent walking, 35% of the day is spent standing and 5% is spent sitting.

Frequently lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 100 pounds and pushing and pulling objects weighing up to 250 pounds.  Constantly using and monitoring controls that operate lifts and using heavy tools.  Constantly climbing heights up to 65 feet, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, fingering and feeling. Constantly engage in normal conversation.

Constantly listening to machinery sounds and smelling for gases and odors, near and far acuity, depth perception, color and field of vision.  60% of the time noise levels reach 75 – 110 decibels.  Constant exposure to mechanical and electrical hazards, high exposed work site, burns and radiant energy.  Frequent exposure to fumes, odors and gases.


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