Anyone studying to be in the coaster industry?

Monday, September 10, 2001 9:50 AM
Is anyone studying, plan on studying, or think about studying to be in the coaster industry? Wheather it's designing them, building them, or running an park..
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Monday, September 10, 2001 11:19 AM
I will be, mechanical engineer, the next john wardley
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Monday, September 10, 2001 11:31 AM
I asked this question once and someone said the coaster industry (as in designing) is very small. So best bet is to go for park jobs
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Monday, September 10, 2001 11:58 AM
I've just started in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Toledo (engineering is a strong point of the institution).  I hope to eventually work somewhere in the amusement industry. Whether it be for a company like CCI, Chance-Morgan, or Intamin, or even at an amusement park like CP, I'll be happy.

Word of warning to those considering this career path...Engineering is a *VERY* demanding major to get yourself involved in.  You need about 4 or so semesters of advanced math including all kinds of Calculus and Differential Equations.  Not to mention tough courses like Thermo-Dynamics, the list goes on and on...

I do believe the fruits of all the work will be very rewarding though.

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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:11 PM
I don't care if it is a small business, someone's gotta do it, so I am gonna go for it.

I am 14, but I am taking the highest math and science class I can right now. I plan on designing them.:)

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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:12 PM
I am getting into design/ engineering and am going to work at Cedar Point before that.
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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:25 PM
I'll be taking over SFMM once Del retires. 
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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:33 PM
I'm gonna attend Georgia Tech when I graduate and enroll in their mechanical engineering program.  I'm good at math and science.  I'm not in the highest level of math, but the fact is, I understand it.  There are people up there just so they can get into the college they want, but they may not be grasping the material like they should.  After I get out of college, I'm gonna pull a B&M.  Form my own company.  You'll see.  Either that, or I'll take over theirs when they retire or whatever.  I find this kind of stuff interesting.  My friend would love to design coasters, but he just can't "get into" the math and science that goes into it.  Otherwise, he's be all over it.  You have to enjoy the work that'll take you there, otherwise, it won't be worth it.
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Monday, September 10, 2001 5:51 PM
Well it sure does seem like there're a lot of prospective engineers and designers, but I'm more interested in the business / management aspect.  I may attend Penn State and major in Park / Recreational Management or perhaps business administration.  My ultimate goal is to become a general manager, but am also throwing around the idea of building my "dream"...an amusement park in the northeast that will completely shock the industry - or at least hope it will ! Time will tell what happens I guess.
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Monday, September 10, 2001 8:22 PM
I've got my Bachelor's in Bus. Admin. from UF, found out about this whole thing about 2-1/2 years ago.  Still work at UF, thinking about going back for Master's potentially bus. mgmt./hospitality to get into park management.  Just seems cool to think of your job being "making people happy", while working in the industry.
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Monday, September 10, 2001 8:42 PM
I'm still in high school, but I plan on becoming a mechanical engineer while attending Purdue. I know it's a small intustry, but I guess that's why the degree has more than one purpose. :) Here's hoping.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2001 1:27 PM
I'm in HS as well and right now I'm taking drafting coarses before going on to engineering.  I plan to work for arrow or CCI or some other popular ride company in the US.  After that Kara (ST CHICK) and I are going to open our own Mini-amusement park in a state lacking one!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 10:44 AM
I want to take over Great Adventure.....thinking of Getting my MBA. Oh, the plans I have for that park....hehehehe
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 2:50 PM
Looking back at my childhood I've noticed I've always wanted some sort of engineering job. My dad is an engineer for Chrysler, and my grandfather was a clock-maker. I've always been interested in those Discovery/TLC shows where they show bridges being built, buildings going up, etc.

Of course, there's many different types of engineering, and I myself currently would like to go into that mechanical engineering sector, for my love of roller coasters :)

So um yeah, I'll be designing your next favorite coaster a few years from now :)

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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 3:17 PM
I'd like to design coasters, but I know that will probably not happen. So I'll study for it, but I'll probably end up doing something else with my education.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 3:49 PM
God bless those that actually can do the designing.  I suck at math, but I think that some of the lay-outs that I dream up are pretty cool.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001 8:49 PM
I would be interested in being in park management.
I want to study buisness, then be a manager at KBF!

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