Imagine being in charge of all the rides at Dreamland; for our Chief Engineer Andrew Gall, that’s a reality! With the announcement that more rides are on their way in time for the summer (which we promise to let you know more about soon!) Andrew tells us about his role at the park and what it’s like to work with our beautiful vintage rides all day long...
What’s it like to work at Dreamland?
It’s an ever-evolving environment. On one hand there’s a regimented part of the job that involves ride inspections - daily, weekly, monthly and annual checks for each ride. These inspections are safety critical and involve electrical and mechanical disciplines. Such is the nature of vintage rides, they require a lot of care and attention and can be very complex! The team and I make sure everything is maintained and running safely for everyone to enjoy.
What is a typical day like for you?
My day begins with briefing the managers and other engineers at the park. I review our processes and procedures and undertake lots of planning. It’s a particularly busy time at the moment as we are preparing to bring several new rides to the park this summer. With rides for families as well as those looking for more of a thrill, there’s a lot to prepare for! Testing them is always good fun and bringing vintage rides back to life is always a great feeling. I can’t wait for Dreamland to reveal which rides we’re going to have at the park this year, it’s really exciting!
What do you like most about your job?
There’s never a dull moment, but when I see our guests happy and enjoying themselves it definitely makes me feel that it’s all worth it.
Have you always been interested in rides?
Yes – from a very early age I spent many a spring/summer watching the ride build and operation at Clarence Pier. I was fascinated with the mechanics, the colours, the lights, etc. Having a strong interest in how things work has always been part of my life.
What’s your favourite ride and why?
Well at Dreamland is has to be the Scenic Railway, and as a big coaster fan, I love the Nemesis at Alton Towers!
If you want to be part of the action at Dreamland, we are currently recruiting for engineers and ride operators. More info here.