By , October 7, 2012
Kevin Young

Hey everyone!

The last couple of weeks have been really busy here in PA, as we are now in full steel processing mode for Fun Spot as well as finishing up numerous tasks having to do with the transfer table project.  I’ll talk a little bit this time around about both projects and the progress we are currently making.

The bulk of my time the last couple of weeks has been spent cutting steel to length for the White Lightning project at Fun Spot.  While the task of cutting using a band saw is simple enough, what makes it somewhat difficult is maintaining the tight tolerances our drawings require while still moving at a tempo quick enough to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.  However, it becomes easier and easier when you are making almost 700 cuts in a week’s time.  I enjoyed the responsibility of maintaining quality on pieces that will actually be put on a ride, as well as the task of figuring out how to do it quicker while still maintaining that high standard.  One of the greatest parts of working for a small operation like Great Coasters is that each and every person’s time and skills are utilized to the maximum, interns included.  While Colin and I are both here to learn as much as we can about the amusement industry and how this company operates, Great Coasters really allows us to work independently, which gives us responsibilities and experiences we might not be able to get at a larger company.

I’ve been given the opportunity each of the last two weeks to go out to the site and work on our transfer table project, and both times on site have offered me great hands-on experience.  I’ve actually gotten to help put a deck together, as well as aid in setting up with some of the mechanical components of the table.  Everything happens more quickly on the job site than in the shop, which is primarily a function of it being assembly only.  However, there’s still a ton of work to do and it still takes a crazy amount of time to complete things. It’s neat seeing the small parts that have been created and sub-assembled in the shop placed in the larger structure of the ride, and how each and every small component will actually work together in the grand scheme of things.

I’ve been taking pictures of the steel process for Fun Spot, and hopefully those will be posted very soon on the site! A month is in the books here at GCII, and time is flying by. I can’t wait to tell you more next time!

Stay tuned!

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