By , October 25, 2016
Tim Garnier

I’m Tim Garnier and I’ve been working in the Sunbury office since August. I am currently a junior at Virginia Tech studying mechanical engineering. Like almost every intern coming through GCI, I’ve been passionate about the industry, and especially roller coasters, for as long as I remember. I interviewed with GCI at the FREDx event this past summer and they needed help right away, so of course I said yes. I have already learned so much by working here, and I look forward to more!

It’s only been two months, but I feel like I’ve already gotten to do a little bit of everything here at the shop, and even some on the road. I started out working on steel fabrication for InvadR’s supports. I got to use many different machines and processes to create parts that make up the ride’s bents. I was mostly working on supports for the ride’s far turnaround, and now I believe the rest of the steel for the structure is almost complete. I grew up going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg with my family, so it’s incredible to get to be a part of their newest ride.

Working on trains has been very interesting for us, especially since all of the current Sunbury interns are studying mechanical engineering. Our trains are really quite intricate and beautiful in their design. We recently installed the lapbars for GhostRider’s third train, which is coming together and starting to actually look like Millennium Flyers.

Occasionally we do some driving for work, usually just to our local vendors to pick up or drop off parts, but sometimes we get to go much farther. Last week we traveled to Hersheypark to deal with some parts, and a few weeks ago we even made a stop at Busch Gardens for a delivery! It was definitely interesting to get a look at a side of those parks that most people don’t get to see.

More recently I’ve done some work in AutoCAD and Inventor, checking lumber and hardware counts for the Kings Island buildings. No, I don’t know what’s in The Shed. Really, I don’t. But I do know how big the shed is and how much material we’ll need to build it!

That’s all from me for now. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more on what’s happening at the GCI office in Sunbury!

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