Thursday, March 28, 2002 5:06 PM

Could someone explain to me how hiring works for ride operators? More specifially training and if you pick witch rides or if your just placed. My home park is SFGAm.

Thanks

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 6:13 PM
From working as a ride op at Cedar Point, I can tell you that for the most part you're placed on a ride, though you can usually indicate some sort of preference in the phone interview, and they do try to accommodate you. As for training, it's all on the job (duh) and it's not as hard as it might seem! A couple days of practice and you'd think you'd been doing it all summer. I can't say specifically how any SF park would work, however; sorry I can't be more help!
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Thursday, March 28, 2002 6:22 PM

Most parks will place you where you request after you have survived your first season.They may even make you a lead if you go back on the same ride.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 6:49 PM
I'll find out the answer to yor question on April 6th buddy. That's when I start Ride-Ops training at Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 5:51 AM

CrystalKat-Did you say CP does a phone interview?

Zero-G-I don't think you're having your ride-op training (Ops101) on April 6. That's probably just the general park orientation that all departments must go to.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 8:04 AM

Ride operator training begins either the first day or one week before the park or ride opens. Kennywood does it the same day the park opens. Like my training is on April 20th two hours before the park opens. This gives managers plenty of time to introduce you to the ride and tell you the tricks of the trade on how to run the ride safely and efficently. By the end of the third day, you'll feel like you've run the ride all your life.

Coasterman Mike

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Friday, March 29, 2002 9:59 AM
Cool I just found out I'm going to be on Batman..And I go back April 21st and then training will start a week after that..

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Friday, March 29, 2002 10:13 AM
WOW.....Most of us who are in the Rides Division at Lagoon are wrapping up our Trainings, ad we open April 13. I can't believe some parks just throw you on a ride on opening day! Trainings for the Crew Rides at Lagoon take 5 Days, u have to know just about EVERYTHING about the ride. Is Lagoon the only park that requires you to take a test and have a Skills Based Assessment by Management before you're authorized on your rides?

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Friday, March 29, 2002 10:13 AM

6FlagsGr8America said:
"Six Flags Great America: The only park in the world where you can swing your feet on 5 rides (Batman, Giant Drop, V2, Deja Vu)"

Excuse me for being an assmunch, but you've only listed four foot swingin' rides, though I suppose SFGAm could actually claim six (adding Raging Bull and Whriligig to your list)

Still not sure it's the *only* park though...
jeremy
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Friday, March 29, 2002 10:16 AM

What kinds of question do they ask you in the interview? How long does it usually take to be trained as a ride attendent? Do they teach you anything besides safety, pushing buttons, and correctly checking restraints? Only 2 years until I can become a ride attendent;)...

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Friday, March 29, 2002 10:36 AM

I think a clear distinction between "ride attendents" and "ride operators" need to be drawn. At SFOG, all attendents and operators attend general departmental training sessions. After that, there is on the ride training for the crew before the park opens.

Attendents take a short multiple choice test. Operators must take extensive, long tests in order to be certified at each ride. For example, coaster tests may take 3 to 5 hours of essays, definitions, and short answer about how the ride works and what to do in certain ride situations. It is an exhaustive process.

From what I gather, this isn't across the board and is pretty extensive compared to some other Six Flags parks. Many operators take briefer tests to become certified to run a ride.

As far as picking rides, if you're an attendent and want to be an operator, you must show that you can be mature and be able to handle the responsibilities of an operator. It's much more than pushing a button. Supervisors and foremen will meet and decide what the game plan will be. Typically you'll start off as an assistant foreman at a "low" ride (minor rides) and move up to foreman at a "high" (major) ride, then to a supervisor and above. Anyone can push a button... it's your attitude, maturity, and ability to handle stressful situations well that get you moved up.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:37 AM

I must add... when you are being told how to operate the ride, the ride manager will go over the entire manual again and if you don't get every question right, you will not be able to operate until you do. So its not like they just throw you into the fire and see if you can handle it. Also, your progress is monitored all day long by your managers and supervisor.

Coasterman Mike

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Total rides on Pittfall: 255
Total rides on Superman:UE : 633
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Friday, March 29, 2002 5:43 PM

Well, I'm going to be a Ride-op, and I'll be trained on April 6th, so I guess I'm not wrong am I?

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 4:56 PM

hmmm...lessee....

My first and current Ride Op job was at MGM Grand Adventures. I started back in March of 2000 with a month of training. Everyday for a month from 3pm till 8pm we went out to the park for training (in full costume). Each week we were introduced to a new ride area (there are four). We spent Mondays reading the manual and getting a walk-thru of the attractions. Tuesdays we were introduced to the operation of the attraction by first riding it, then running it. Wednesdays were all on the job training with half of us working the ride, and the other half riding it. Thursday was test review day and Friday was the certification test day. You need a 90% to get certification and you can take it as many times as you need to. During ride op training other departments such as food&bev. and entertainment also were training so we would take out time to visit snack stands and theatres to be "guests"

I really like this approach as it allowed you to really see what the ride is about. Also your certification training covers the entire attraction as you stay at one attraction for an entire shift. For those who started after the park opened, they had to spend 8 hours on the job training as well as reading the manual and taking the test.

I also worked at Adventuredome for a while (a little less than a year). This park is open year around so you kinda just jump into it all. You are hired into Horizon (smaller attractions) where you a slowly trained on all the rides in that area. Training includes reading the manuals and taking a test. Once again you must get a 90% to pass. And you could take it multiple times.

After you have proved yourself (or staffing requires it) you are moved into Central or larger attractions. It works pretty much the same, except the tests are separated in that MCO's (controls) training comes last kinda like Six Flags.

Both parks review you regularly to make sure you are on top of your game.

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 6:48 PM
Ops trianing doesnt start on the 6th Zero-G, thats just an orientation to teach you the park and a lot of behind the closed doors stuff. But this is my 2nd season at SFWoA and last year i got put where i asked so its not that hard. and training takes about a day, but being signed off to operate usually takes a few because you need a minimum amount of operating time, state law (i think).

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 4:58 PM
What are you talking about Zero-G. Reread your posts, you are wrong aren't you?
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Sunday, March 31, 2002 5:05 PM
Oh yea... :( I'm dumb... please ignore the dumb person... Shrinks into a ball and hides in the corner

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Jes
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"Thank You Jeff Putz"

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 5:14 PM
And you're going to be operating a ride? ;)
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Sunday, March 31, 2002 5:17 PM
"What's the big red button do?!?"

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Jes
Jes's Roller Coasters DJ Jes MCS Please, Feel Free To Call Me Jes!
"Thank You Jeff Putz"

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 5:21 PM
At least running a ride is fairly simple:
load, lock, check, run, unlock, unload
But when you add the people, height stick, loose articles, and all of those buttons on the control panel it can be a little more complicated.

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