Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, 46, is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony assault on a juvenile with a deadly weapon.
Tutterrow was operating the Vortex ride last month when it suddenly spun into motion as people were trying to get out, flinging patrons through the air and seriously injuring three people.
Wake County Sheriff's investigators say the ride was tampered with to bypass critical safety equipment.
The son of the ride owner, Joshua Gene Macaroni, 32, was also scheduled to be in court Monday, but his case was continued. While he was not in North Carolina at the time of the accident, he faces the same charges as Tutterrow.