Roller coaster engineer
The experts behind a roller coaster's loops, drops, and turns bring several disciplines of engineering -- structural, civil, mechanical, and electrical -- to each design. Structural and civil engineers design the track structure, keeping in mind the client's budget as well as the proximity to other rides in the park. Mechanical engineers design the cars that run along the roller coaster's track. Their primary challenge is to maximize thrills, achieved by manipulating the g-force, without compromising safety. Electrical engineers then work to configure the system that operates the ride.
Aspiring roller coaster engineers should obtain at least a bachelor's degree in a related field of engineering. Although an internship or entry-level position at a firm specializing in roller coaster design offers ideal entry into the field, such positions are limited. Most roller coaster engineers begin their engineering careers in other fields and then switch to the amusement industry.
Once they've made it, roller coaster engineers command salaries from $45,000 to $80,000. Along with their paychecks, they enjoy another perk: being first in line to ride.
I always thought they made more than what the article says. *** Edited 1/26/2008 4:04:59 AM UTC by GeorgiaCoasterGuy***
The honest truth it although it isn't easy to get a job in the industry, its also not impossible. But things like a lower salary and having to move to one of only a few possible loctions is really what tends to turn people off to it. Oh yeah, don't forget the occasional long hours and travelling at a moment's notice too. But its really the question, how much is having a job in an industry that you truly love worth to you?
June 11th, 2001 - Gemini 100
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