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Roller coaster design makes use of several types of engineering, namely civil, mechanical, and structural. In high school, physics and advanced math courses will help prepare you for an engineering major in college. Electrical or control systems engineering also comes in handy when it comes to the electrical system that runs the coasters. If engineering isn’t your thing, don’t panic. There are many jobs in the amusement industry that require knowledge in a wide variety of other fields. Construction management, sales and marketing, manufacturing, and business management are just a few. Also, as the amusement industry makes technological advances, the roles of electronics and computer programming will continue to increase.
Obviously, if you want to be a coaster designer, a co-op or internship with a coaster company is ideal. Unfortunately there aren’t enough of these opportunities to go around. Any job at an amusement park is a great way to get a foot in the door. Even if you spend all day inside a cartoon character costume, you get an insider’s view into how a park operates. You may also meet some key people that can help you take steps in the right direction. As for jobs outside the amusement industry, architecture and construction firms as well as manufacturing and civil/structural engineering companies can provide very important experience towards a career in amusement ride design and production.
While we appreciate your interest in the amusement industry and in our company, we can’t accommodate any of these kinds of opportunities at the moment. Be sure to obtain as much professional experience in your field as possible – in any industry.
Not at the moment. If you are interested in a position with us, feel free to send us your resume and we’ll put it on file for future reference.
As you choose a field of study in college, choose something that you will enjoy, whether or not it leads you to a job as a coaster designer. Do not major in engineering just so you can design coasters if you do not think you will be happy working as some other type of engineer. Remember, you may have to work some other jobs first before you land your dream job. All of us in The Gravity Group are engineers first, roller coaster designers second. We enjoy engineering, and we just happen to be fortunate enough to have ended up in this industry. Who knows, on your road to becoming a roller coaster engineer, you may stumble across something you like better. Keep an open mind and stay determined.
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