Age Restrictions for oping...

Monday, January 20, 2003 3:52 PM
What is the age requirement to op coasters at PKI? I am almost surely positive it is 18. Wouldn't a coaster be considered heavy machinery...and laws in Ohio prohibit minors from operating that. This is simply because some 15 year old (soon to be 16) insists he can wlak into his first job ever...anywhere (not PKI) and op Flight of Fear. I tell him he is wrong. What is the deal?

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Monday, January 20, 2003 4:42 PM
I don't know much about the way PKI does things, but 16 sounds too young to do any sort of large ride operating. The most he could probably do on FOF would be the job that moves people's stuff to the unload station.

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Monday, January 20, 2003 5:03 PM

At PKI you have to be only 16 to work in rides, you will be able to do all the positions. FoF is a great ride to work, I had a great two years on FoF.

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Monday, January 20, 2003 5:10 PM
You can fully operate all rides at age 16 at PKI. cept train

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Monday, January 20, 2003 6:11 PM

Operating a coaster is not considered heavy machinery. You are in the station checking restraints and doing controls. This isnt considered hazardous work.

Each amusement park company sets its own age limit for operating rides. 16 is probably the minimum for this type of job. Obviously companys like CF choose to have 18 as the minimum.

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Monday, January 20, 2003 6:13 PM
at SFGAM you cant even work there unless your 19 so it looks like evey park has a diffrent requiremnt
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Monday, January 20, 2003 6:36 PM

Are you talking about the same SFGAm in Gurnee, Ill? If you are, than you are way off.

A person can be a ride-op at this park if they are at least 16 years old.

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Monday, January 20, 2003 6:37 PM
I think he read the website and saw three specific jobs posted had an age requirement of 19.

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Monday, January 20, 2003 8:09 PM
Ohio says you got to be 16 to run a ride.

The parks have their own requirements; for instance, Cedar Point says you got to be 18. No idea about other states or parks.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 5:46 AM
....and thus far there have been NO tasteless jokes about *oping* M:TR.....another perfectly good opportunity lost....;)
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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 6:53 AM

Gator, I don't think anyone WANTS to op M:TR. I certainly don't. ;)

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 9:52 AM
Sry, op-ing TR:TR is a pain in the @$$ enough.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 10:42 AM

In my opinion, i think Operating a ride, is just like operating a cash refister, all you really do is push buttons and such., and to correct what PKIEMPSOB said


you can fully operate all rides at PKI when your 16, except train
that is wrong, you can work train when your 16, however you can't actually operate the Eiffle Towers car unless your 18.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 10:47 AM
At a certain park in Denver, their standard operating procedure manuals state that the operators must be sixteen to operate most, if not all, rides.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 11:26 AM
You CAN however, be an attendant at CP if you are sixteen.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 12:39 PM
What about SFWoA?
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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 12:52 PM
M:TR you have to be 18 or older to operate but you still have to be qualified to handle that kind of equipment.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 1:22 PM
Heck, in some parks(PKD i know, and maybe Carowinds) You only have to be 14 go get a job, where as in WV, you have to be 16 to work, or 15 with a parent's work permitt. I agree coaster op-ing is much like a cash register, though you still have to be a little more careful not to dispatch a train at certain times/under certain conditions.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 2:20 PM
Carowinds is an interesting one. You can do a lot of jobs there if you are 15 years old, and then the ride situation gets interesting. To op a ride in North Carolina and to op Top Gun, you have to be 18. To op any ride on the South Carolina side except Top Gun you have to be 16.

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