Roller Coaster Engineers


How were roller coasters designed?

By: Aisha Telhan, Journalist

Have you ever wondered who built all the roller coasters you ever seen in Disneyworld? Busch Gardens? Disneyland? Well, they definitely didn’t make themselves. The people who made these roller coasters are called roller coaster engineers. A roller coaster engineer is an essential part of a design team who constructs the flow movement of roller coasters. LaMarcus Thompson was the first person to construct a roller coaster in America in Brooklyn, New York. His roller coaster was first used as a switchback railway that traveled about six miles per an hour and costed a nickel to ride. Isn’t crazy how we went from “roller coasters” on railway tracks to roller coasters in amusement parks?

In the video below is about the construction of roller coasters and how roller coaster engineers design them:

Isn’t it weird how America’s “first roller coaster” carried coal from places instead of humans? Do you ever think about how if it wasn’t for coal, roller coaster engineers wouldn’t have a clue on how to design roller coasters? One might wonder, how do you become a roller coaster engineer?

One thing roller coaster engineers obviously need in order to become a roller coaster engineer is a bachelors degree. Some roller coaster engineers even obtain a master degree when trying to find a job. These master degrees can include majoring in mechanical, electrical, or structural engineering. When you have obtained these, then you will most likely find a job working as a roller coaster engineer. This job can maintain a salary of roughly $92,000.

Here below are some fun facts about roller coasters:

  • Roller coaster loops are never circular
  • The tallest roller coaster in the world is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
  • There is a wooden roller coaster still in operation that was built in 1902
  • The fastest roller coaster in the world is Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
  • At Nagashima Spa Land in Japan is where the longest roller coaster lives, Steel Dragon

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