So to start off, I can't believe that CoasterBuzz is still around! I remember posting on here 20 years ago when I was still a kid and the internet was a young. I was completely involved in all the news, designs, and inner workings of the community. I use to spend days designing rides in the original NoLimits and sharing them with the community.
As times changed and I grew up, the amusement industry went through some rough times. My dream of working for Arrow Dynamics disappeared as the early 2000s' destroyed the company (well too many expensive prototypes and a lack of innovation embracing computer design). The global recession proved as a low point for the industry, and I realized my dream would have to be put on hold, and to make use of that time studying applicable sciences. (GIS, Engineering, Intelligence, ect.)
I was wondering if anyone here has an information regarding working for Intamin or applying to work inside the industry. I do understand that it is a close knit field, and there are often no vacancies. The reason I am also internested in Intamin is that amount of development that have had in the transportation industry, with their train and monorail services becoming popular in nations investing in large scale civic endeavors such as the Turkmenistan Olympic Village. Additionally, Intamin has had a proven track record of innovation over the last 50 years, and continues to develop new systems and implementations.
I anyone has any insight or would enjoy sparking healthy conversation, I would greatly appreciate it.Last edited by Westophalopalis, Monday, January 11, 2021 2:47 PM
CoasterBuzz: Older and longer lasting than Parler.
I would imagine that if you wanted to work for Intamin in product development, you'd have to be in Switzerland. I thought that's where that work primarily happens. But these days, who knows, with remote work potentially gaining some long-term traction.
At the very least, I'm sure you need an engineering degree, but I wouldn't get hung up on trying to work for one of the manufacturers. There are a ton of consulting shops all over the place that do all kinds of work of the less exciting kind, around specialty buildings, foundations and infrastructure.
Intamins headquarters looks like it is split between two locations in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, with their transportation and manufacturing location in Germany. Although you are right with remote being a more prominent option now, but I also do have family living in Switzerland and I am willing to go through the whole visa process.
As for engineering degree, unfortunately my degree is in Geography with certificates in Geographic Information Science (GIS). My specialties are in remote sensing, land survey, and cartography. Although I may not wear the "Engineering Hat" I have taken courses in civil, environmental, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Additionally I have worked in high levels of command and strategic planning, along with international relations and foreign diplomacy. (I know this sounds odd, but even my wife was saying I have a weird background of experiences)
I guess I would have the market myself as more of a manager.Last edited by Westophalopalis, Monday, January 11, 2021 3:35 PM
I got a job with Great Coasters in 2015 and posted on here about the process I went through to get it: It's official: I'm now a "roller coaster designer."
Also, on page 2 of the thread a high school student asked for some advice, and you can read what I wrote here.
Great info, I was actually looking for that post! I ended up pulling it last week when I was doing a deep dive through old google queries.
Welcome back fellow year 2000 coaster geek teenager. I've learned in the last couple years that Coasterbuzz as an adult in the 2020s produces some of the most civil, educated, respectful and intelligent conversations and debates about anything except roller coasters. And this includes academically defining the word butthurt.
I'm glad I found it then because it is now my # 1 time waster while at work. And we all need a good one of those.
Bakeman31092 I remember that post. I see from linkedIn you went back to Allison after a year. Did they miss you so much they made you an offer you couldn't refuse?
Its nice to have a network of "serious" professionals. I guess I ended up trading in coasters at one point in my life, to work on cruiseships. Which actually gave myself a really good perspective on the travel and entertainment industry. After working in the Geospatial field for awhile, I think I realized it might be useful to take this skill and see how it can be applied to the industry. Anyone have any insight into how the industry handles their GIS data?
What did you do on cruise ships, and for what line? I have a good friend who (except for the last 10 months) works as an entertainer for RCCL, and she has so much fun doing it.
ThemeDesigner, turns out that I've posted about that as well (along with more advice on this topic, if you're still interested Westophalopalis).
The short version is that once I realized it just wasn't going to work out with GCI, I called my former employer and asked if they would take me back, which they did. If either side was lacking in leverage, it was definitely my side, but it ended up being a win-win.
That phenomenon applies to much of the industry in all lines of work. People want front line workers for Disney to get paid more, but if they leave, there are ten people in line who would be happy to snort the pixie dust for whatever pay it offers. Even in software and IT, there is some great money to be made as a contractor at times, but the full-time pay is a joke in most places. It's all likely worse in the pandemic.
kpjp -Funny enough, I did that exact same thing with RCCL and it was a great experience to do in my younger 20 to get my "travel bug" out of the way and get some great experience working in the tourism and travel sector. It was long days, but it was always something new. Also it gave me a ton of confidence dealing with international travelers and relations, which helped when I transitioned over to the military working in a global command position.
Bakeman31092 -Thank you for all the links, I have spent the last few days thinking of a good way to write a proper coverletter for that field. Little bit different than what I would be putting for my GIS/Product Dev job postings.
What are all your guys thoughts on a lot of Intimin's new developments in the Asia market? Looks like they have been getting a lot of business in China with the recent expanse of leisure and tourism out there.
Intamin's business growth hasn't been on the strength of their product, it's been on price. I think that's important to understand. They built a ton of stuff in the US, and now they don't. B&M and Mack have picked up those jobs, even if the projects cost more. The only notable projects really have been the IoA rides, one of which had a horrible uptime record for the first year, the second of which has a lot of gossip about issues, and Pantheon at BGW, which we don't know because it hasn't opened yet.
Well... I applied under a general speculative application. Hopefully I hear back from them, be it good or bad.
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