For this approach you would need
an engineering degree, and then get a job with one of the main ride
manufacturers (of which there are few in Britain) or one of the
specialist consulting engineers. Jobs are few and far between.
Information on the latest developments in the theme park industry are
carried in the monthly magazine PARK
the major ride manufacturers advertise in this publication, so you
will get addresses from this to write to them for information on
their products. Alternatively, your degree could get you a job in the
maintenance department of one of the theme parks, and from there you
could move across to design.
You would need experience in
either stage, TV or film design, and then come to work in the art
department in one of the theme parks as a designer or model maker.
This is perhaps the most direct
way of getting a "foot in the door". You would probably
start working in a theme park as a ride operator on a seasonal basis,
then progress to a fulltime supervisory role within ride operations.
From there you could move across to design and development having had
a thorough practical background and understanding of the types of
rides you would be designing.
The finest way to prove to a
prospective theme park employer that you really do have an
understanding of the theme park industry in which you want to forge a
fulltime career is to get a job in a theme park in your school or
college holidays. Learn all you can about the business. Join the two
roller coaster societies in Britain and go on their trips
European Coaster Club and the Roller
Coaster Club of Great Britain.
I hope you find this information
useful, and wish you every success in the future.
The above advice is the best I can give, and I'm afraid I can't enter
into any correspondence on this (so PLEASE don't e-mail
me). Neither can I offer work experience placements (which you should
discuss with your local theme park management).