Joined: 28 Jul 2007
|Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:59 pm Post subject: Engineering route
|Hi, i realise those in the industry must be overwhelmed by people wanting to get into it but i'm finding information very hard to come by.
First of all, are there any Britsh manufacturers/installers/designers of rollercoaster rides? from my research i can find plenty of American companies and also a fair few european ones. But being from the UK i'd love to find a company that does this. Are there any?
I'm currently studying for an MEng in Civil Engineering, i'm not sure what the best educational base is for designing rollercoasters/rides but i assume my knowledge of structures (for the steel work) and also geotechnics could be usefull to a company wanting to build rollercoasters.
Anyway, i have buckets of enthusiasm and this is really my dream job. So i thought i would try and pursue it, i have been to many theme parks and am an avid fan of many simulation games. So if there are any British companies that you know about then i would be very interested to hear.
Thank you for reading.
(8/26/06 9:27 pm)
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You may want to see if you can contact an engineer at one of the big companies like Arrow, even if you don't want work there... I'm sure there are engineers willing to e-mail mentor young designers. They might be able to point you towards useful classes to take and the reality of what knowledge is most useful in their line of work...
I don't know of any companies in the UK... but that's not to say there aren't any. If no one here has a concrete answer or lead, I would enquire at one of your design firms there that deal with design of theme park lands at major parks, or at a park such as Tivoli which has coasters of note... from their consideration of manufacturers during the design process, they might be aware of companies based in the UK (even if they ultimately decided not to use those companies).
Cheers! And best of luck...