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Lift Maintenance Manager

Position Title: 

Lift Maintenance Manager

Reports To: 

VP- Mountain Operations


Lift Maintenance

Purgatory Resort is currently recruiting for a Lift Maintenance Manager who will function to ensure the continued safe and efficient operations of the lifts at Purgatory through leadership, supervision and management of Lift Maintenance and Lift Electrical staff.

General Purpose:

The Lift Maintenance Manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the Lift Maintenance and Lift Electrical operations as well as the management of the overall direction, budgeting, and planning of the department.

Job Description:

The Lift Maintenance Manager is responsible for all Purgatory Resort Lift Maintenance and Lift Electrical functions to maintain the safe operation of all Purgatory Resort ski lifts, including employee management and training, and department budgeting and compliance activities. This is a demanding position requiring a candidate that has the ability to be both creative and analytical.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedule and oversee timely completion of all required preventive maintenance, repairs, outside inspections, and annual licensing. This includes development, execution, and measurement of an annual maintenance schedule including specific allocation of staff time and necessary resources.
  • Development, measurement, and reporting on staff and department goals and objectives.
  • Annual performance evaluations of staff and ongoing management of team performance.
  • Serve as the resort representative to the CPTSB and our insurance carrier.
  • Plan and supervise an effective predictive maintenance program to achieve the highest level of staff and guest safety while maximizing equipment up-time during operations.
  • Implement all code changes and upgrades of equipment with proper design certifications.
  • Assist in recommending and planning lift capital projects. Serve as the Project Manager for lift replacement, installation, relocation, and renovation projects.
  • Develop and implement departmental procedures to meet requirements and updates of CPTSB, OSHA, EPA, ADA, Insurance carriers or any other regulatory groups or organizations impacting lift operation and maintenance.
  • Continuously develop the Lift Maintenance and Lift Electrical staff through in-house training/assessment as well as vendor and industry training opportunities. Serve as a mentor to Lift Maintenance and Electrical staff to ensure the long-term sustainability of a reliable and safe lift operation.
  • Oversee the completion, filing and maintenance of all applicable lift maintenance records. Periodically inspect record keeping entries to ensure all work is properly recorded and filed.
  • Notify state regulatory office of any equipment failures or incidents verbally within 24 hours and send completed written report within 5 days.
  • Work with Lift Operations and Mountain Operations management to ensure operations staff is trained to operate all equipment safely and efficiently, with the appropriate emphasis on customer service.
  • Verify staff’s knowledge of equipment and procedures through periodic testing.
  • Maintain inventories, order and purchase all equipment, parts and supplies to ensure safe and efficient lift operations. Continuously pursue the most cost-efficient source for all parts, services, and supplies.
  • Develop and manage annual operating and capital budgets for lift maintenance and lift electrical.
  • Track, record, maintain, and report on all Lift Maintenance and Lift Electrical operating and maintenance expenses.
  • Supervise scheduling and job assignments for Lift Maintenance and Lift Electrical staff. Oversee hiring, training, performance appraisals, salary increases, disciplinary actions, and terminations.
  • Communicate and coordinate with other Mountain Operations departments, to facilitate work, operating schedules, and equipment availability.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of ski area and lift operations, ski lift terminology, Colorado Tramway Codes, and ANSI B-77 Codes. Broad knowledge of Department and Colorado State safety codes and requirements, OSHA and ADA requirements. Computer knowledge and supervisory skills required.
  • Level II NDT certification, or ability to obtain same within 1 year.
  • Ability to read and understand structural drawings and electrical schematics
  • Specific knowledge of fixed-grip and detachable ski lift equipment and operational procedures including PLC-type controls.
  • Broad knowledge of mechanical, brake, low and high-voltage electrical, and hydraulic systems and their operation. Ability to troubleshoot and train staff to troubleshoot electrical and mechanical problems on Doppelmayr, Poma, Riblet, SunKid, and Magic Carpet equipment.
  • Strong understanding of best maintenance practices for aerial tramways. High competency with safe rigging practices.
  • 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

Required:  High School diploma or GED.  Current first aid and CPR cards. Valid Colorado driver’s license.

Preferred:  Journeyman or Master Electrician.  2 or 4 year college degree


More than 5 years of lift maintenance experience, with at least 2 years in a Supervisory or Managerial role.

Material and equipment directly used

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, pick-up trucks, snowcats, lubricants and solvents. Simple office equipment and computers.

Working Environment/Physical Activities

20% of the workday is spent indoors: 80% of the work day is spent outdoors in constantly changing weather conditions, including but not limited to: extreme cold and heat, snow, wet, thunder and lightning storms.  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 with assistance and pushing and pulling objects weighing up to 250 pounds with assistance.  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, using near and far acuity, depth perception, color and field of vision.

Noise levels reach 75 – 110 decibels 60% of the work day.  Constant exposure to mechanical and electrical hazards, high exposed work site, burns and radiant energy. Frequent exposure to fumes, odors and gases.


Base salary (DOE) and incentive compensation program + benefit program. Resorts perks and trade perks with many other Colorado resorts.

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