Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Engineering and Technology

A big part of designing roller-coasters is taking that and putting it into drawings we can work from and figure out forces on people and that kind of thing

Top-level [drafters] have a good ability to do mathematical analysis to measure stress and things like that," he explains.

  1. You'll design the layout and performance of the world's coasters and
  • There are fewer than three dozen roller-coaster design companies
  • To land a job in this field, you should consider a mechanical engineering degree

Mechanical engineers design the loops and drops that roller-coasters are famous for. They can also design everything from the coaches to the nuts and bolts of a new ride.

Designers work for roller-coaster manufacturers and suppliers -- suppliers are the people who design or build coaches and railings for use by the roller-coaster companies.

A roller-coaster designer works similar hours to other engineers -- usually 9 to 5 -- but design engineers can put in long hours when deadlines loom. "We just gave our lives over to the project," says wooden roller-coaster designer Mike Boodley.

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