Friday, September 13, 2002 5:29 AM
I'm looking to become an engineer, mechanic, or designer for roller coasters, I was just wondering about salaries, benefits, all that stuff. Any real roller coaster engineers or mechanics out there would be helpful.
Friday, September 13, 2002 5:51 AM
I don't know anything about salaries in the coaster business itself, but engineering in general provides pay and benefits that will make you comfortable but not rich. In general larger companies pay more and have better benefits than smaller companies, though small companies can be lucrative if you are in an ownership position. Most amusement ride companies are small. Do a web search, and you can probably find several surveys of engineering salaries in larger fields that amusement rides.
Friday, September 13, 2002 6:24 AM
Try going to www.salary.com. They have the best information regarding what your looking for.
Friday, September 13, 2002 10:12 AM
Looked around a little. Typical starting range, 35-45, potential 60-90, more if you go into management. I have seen some starting salaries much higher if a large company wants someone really bad.
Saturday, September 14, 2002 7:20 PM
Don't go into engineering because you like coasters, go into engineering because you like math. That is all you will see for the rest of your life. And don't say you like it if you are taking something like algebra -- take advanced Calculus and then make your decision. If you like it then, go for it. But you *really* have to like math to be an engineer.
Saturday, September 14, 2002 9:38 PM
Also don't go for the money (if you are, that is....I may be presumptuous). That will not hold when you have five projects due, three tests to study for, 3 labs to complete......plus homework...all in a weekend.
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Sunday, September 15, 2002 7:53 PM
While researching college courses, i came across the stat that Mech E's make around 35-45k or so in their first year on the job...at least in the northeast that is.
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Monday, September 16, 2002 7:22 AM
Also, be VERY VERY VERY VERY careful about turning your hobby into your job. I have done it once, and never will again.
Monday, September 16, 2002 11:48 AM
If you really want to do something you have to do it because you want to, not because of the money.