Coaster Careers

Thursday, August 16, 2001 5:33 PM
What are some coaster careers and what type of education would you need to get those jobs?





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Thursday, August 16, 2001 5:38 PM
i have been thinking the same, it would be incredible to be involved in the industry. i would assume engineneering and probably courses on physics would help a designer or manufacuture of coasters.
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 6:17 PM
i would love to do that as my job, that would rock

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Montu, God Of Coasters
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 6:35 PM
Amusement parks employee people from all different fields: marketing, accounting, advertising, landscaping, catering, management, tourism, etc... If you're just interested in being involved with a park as opposed to the coasters themselves. For coasters specifically, there's mechanics/maintenance, civil engineering, maybe some other form of engineering (I'm not too sure about that one).

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Po!nt of View: A different look at Roller Coasters.
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 7:02 PM
There's many old topics on this very subject that you can find actually...

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George Dubya: A Master in the art of "Golfery"
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 8:02 PM
i am a imagineer with disney. you can get a job here with only a bachelors degree, and 2 years of expierience. but i have my masters, so i didnt need the expeirience. if you would like to know what projects i have worked on email me

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We are the few, The proud, We are the ride Engineers!!!!!
As Ralph wiggam once said, "everybodys hugging"
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 8:11 PM
I would work as a "big time businessman" at SFEG. I would add a hypercoaster to the park and "rake in the money" with the new changes in the park. But first I would move the park out of Metro Denver.

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"Duff Man Says... Ohhhhh Yaaaaa!"
Current Favorite Coasters:
1)Raging Bull 2)Millennium Force 3)Medusa (SFMW) 4)Vertical Velocity (SFGAm) 5)Dueling Dragons (Ice)
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 8:19 PM
Check out John Wardley's site. http://www.john-wardley.demon.co.uk/ It has some information thats usefull.

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Hey, SFGAm managment, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl? *** This post was edited by TrBiggar on 8/17/2001. ***
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 8:24 PM
Dude, it's definitley mechanical engineering for the cars, brakes, lift, launches, transfer tracks systems. Structural Engineers for the supports, stress and wear on the track, and maybe the layout, I'm not sure. I don't know how a civil engineer would fit into this. They might help with queing, air gates, and service paths. You need an electrical engineer to do the, you guessed it, electrical stuff. That's mostly what the people at Consign AG are. Noticed I said MOSTLY. Then you need to own or be a partner with a fabrication place. To make the track and supports. I sit at home and come up with all this stuff with my little knowledge and I design things for what I'm planning on doing with my company when I get out there. I gotta bring something to the industry or else no one will buy my coasters. If anybody has questions, feel free to e-mail me at sk8grindr@aol.com. I have studied coasters for a while, and I know just about every detail there is, even though I'm 16, I thought it would be nice to get a head start on my profession. Later everybody.

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Georgia Cyclone-The Most A Coaster Can BEEEEEEEE.
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Friday, August 17, 2001 2:04 PM
Civil and Structural Engineering go hand in hand. Most colleges don't even offer structural engineering without a strong background in civil engineering first. Civil engineering mostly has to do with structures, surveying, highways, geotechnical (earth). Most of these are of importance in constructing and designing a roller coasters. First off, surveyors have to find the elevation of the land and exact points of utilities and trees of a site to build anything on. They also lay out curves and foundations for the coaster to be set on. This is important because the slightest error can disrupt construction and cost any company a lot of money. They also make sure structures are level with the ground and that the structures are at the exact specified height. A geotechnical engineer is needed to make sure the land is strong enough to to lay concrete and carry the train load and structure without failing. Every structure before being built goes through a geotechnical test. Finally, the structural part of civil engineering is twofold. They design the structure by calculating forces to make sure that the structure can withstand the force of the train for years to come. They also have to make the structure appealing (scary but safe in a coaster case.) Also construction of the ride deals a lot with civil engineering. Have I lost anyone yet? This is just the tip of the iceberg with civil engineering too. Good luck to anyone going into any engineering career. I only have two more years until my degree. Hee hee.
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"This is just a reminder to all Beast riders that the louder you are the faster the Beast will go!!!"-Beast Crew 2001
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