Assistant Chief Engineer

Salary: $70,000 - $85,000, plus 10% bonus potential
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Vail Valley, CO
Publish Date: Posted April 5, 2024
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The Sonnenalp Hotel is hiring an Assistant Chief Engineer with the desired start date of April 1st, 2024. Sonnenalp is accepting applications until June 1st, 2024.

Wage: $70,000 – $85,000/ year plus 10% bonus potential

Typical Schedule: Work varying shifts, which include mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Resort Discounts and House Account
  • Holiday Pay, Paid Time Off and Sick Pay
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan & Roth 401(k)
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parking Credit or Discounted Bus Passes
  • Healthy Lifestyle Winter Benefit

Primary Purpose of Position

The Assistant Chief Engineer’s primarily responsibilities are to assist the Chief Engineer with the maintenance of all electrical and mechanical equipment used in heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, water-supply, and power systems for the Sonnenalp Hotel. This should be done in such a manner as to ensure total guest satisfaction and quick and effective resolution of problems and complaints. Critical to success in this responsibility is participation in and compliance to the preventative maintenance schedule and program as outlined by the company. Maintaining all facilities in a quality manner consistent with budget parameters is of the utmost importance. This position reports directly to the Director of Facilities and is responsible for the supervision and productivity of all employees in the engineering area including staffing, training and performance management.

Special Skills/Equipment

  • HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems and controls high level skills.
  • Must be familiar with boilers, chillers, and refrigeration equipment and controls.
  • Practical experience should include: painting, drywall repair, carpentry, and other miscellaneous maintenance duties.
  • Should be familiar with pool, hot tub and spa equipment operations. CPO certified is preferred.
  • Should be familiar with commercial kitchen and commercial laundry equipment repairs.
  • Room maintenance and repairs, including: floor heat, gas fireplaces, light fixtures, switches, locks, bathroom fixtures, doors, windows. TV, DVD, mini-refrigerator and safes.
  • Must have good diagnostic skills and know when to call in an outside contractor.
  • Able to use and interpret the Trane Communication heating and cooling system.


  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Must be proficient in e-mail, internet and Microsoft Office programs.
  • HotSOS experience preferred.
  • High level of guest service skills an absolute must.

Essential Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift, carry, push and pull material weighing up to 100 pounds.
  • Must be able to work under conditions requiring prolonged standing, lengthy walking, frequent bending, stretching, crawling through tight spaces and working up to roof top level.
  • Requires the ability to distinguish colors and symbols.
  • Requires frequent exposure to dust, dirt, water and chemicals.
  • Required to work outside in all weather conditions.
  • May be required to work evenings and weekends.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Job Benefits

  • Education / Training
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Health Insurance
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Retirement
  • Ski Pass
  • Wellness

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