Dreamworld hires commercial aviation expert as engineering boss

A MAN with over 18 years experience in the aviation industry has been brought in by Dreamworld to oversee engineering, maintenance, projects, and infrastructure.

Ben Hogan will take on the role of General Manager Engineering, responsible for a team of more than 115 team members, as the Gold Coast theme park looks to restore its image in the wake of the 2016 Thunder River Rides Tragedy.

Mr Hogan plans to use his experience in aviation to bring a level of governance, structure and process into the Australian theme park industry that has made commercial Aviation the safest industry in the world, Dreamworld explained in a statement.


Mr Hogan has held executive management roles in engineering and safety for well-known aviation organisations such as Qantas Airways, Jetstar Airways, Tiger Airways and Cebu Pacific Air.

Ben Hogan GM Engineering Dreamworld

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“Aviation is one of the safest industries in the world thanks to strict governance and regulations,” Mr Hogan said in the statement.

“I have taken on this role of Dreamworld’s General Manager Engineering to share my learnings in this field and bring the engineering levels of Australia’s biggest theme park to that of commercial aviation,” he added.

Mr Hogan will be responsible for the engineering and maintenance activities of Dreamworld’s state-of-the-art new attractions and experiences, as well as the ongoing engineering and maintenance of all existing rides and attractions.

“My focus will be on acquiring new assets and reviewing all existing rides, as well as park standards and appearance to strengthen the prestige and confidence of the Australian theme park industry,” he said.