By , June 14, 2013
Eric Wilcox

Hello everyone,

Today is my last day at Great Coasters International. While I am sad that my internship with the company is finished, I am extremely grateful that I was given the opportunity to work inside the company. I have learned so much in the close to six months that I have been here and there is so much still to learn!

Since my last post, I have had the opportunity to visit the work site for White Lightning down in Orlando, FL. Dan and I traveled down to Florida the week before Memorial Day and assisted in the final steps to opening the ride. Having put in a lot of hours  in the shop fabricating all the structural components, it was great to see the entire coaster standing. Dan and I also got the chance to ride the coaster before it opened to the public which was extremely cool! Orlando residents should be proud that they have a great wooden coaster in their city. But the best part of the experience was getting the chance to watch the first guests enjoy the coaster that I had a part in making. It will be an experience I will never forget.

After returning from Fun Spot, Dan and I started taking inventory of all the hardware & parts that returned from the work sites in Florida & California. Every part had to be inventoried so we knew exactly how much was used on site. One might think this is an easy task but when multiple truckloads come back to shop all filled with brackets, bolts and more, it can become a time-consuming task.

Finally, Clair asked me to design higher load capactiy shelves for our pallets of hardware, track bolts and coil nails than the shelves currently used at the shop. It was a great opportunity to apply my engineering knowledge to something that will allow the company to be more efficient in day-to-day activities. Leftover steel structure from White Lightning will be used to construct my designs so if you ever visit our office in Sunbury, look for the white pallet racks!

I would like to thank Clair, Chris Gray, Jerry Long & everyone at GCII for providing the internship program to young individuals interested in the entering the amusement industry I have learned a lot about the industry through this experience and I know, now more than ever, that this is the industry I want to be a part of. It was a great experience and I will never forget it.

This is Eric Wilcox, signing off!


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