By , January 20, 2013
Eric Wilcox

Hello GCII Fans!

My name is Eric Wilcox and I am GCII’s newest intern. I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY. I was selected for an internship from the FREDxGCII event last July. The event is not only a great way to meet individuals in the industry but also those who share the same passion for roller coasters and amusement rides.

I spent my first day at GCII working with Dan and Colin unloading train parts and consolidating hardware into boxes for inventory. Any materials that are left over from rehab projects (such as Sky Princess at Dutch Wonderland) are sent back to Sunbury. Often times, the leftovers are pretty unorganized so it takes some times to sort all of the different bolts, nuts and other parts.

Not to long after, I was sent over to Jerry who oversees the Steel Structure department. My first task was to punch holes into Slab Anchor Angles which will be galvanized and sent down to Fun Spot in Orlando, FL. This task gave me the opportunity to use a Scotchman machine that I did not have experience using before. Josh, another employee who works with Jerry, showed me the basics on how to run the machine safely and efficiently. After only a few days, over 1000 units were ready to be galvanized (which is critical for White Lightning’s steel structure and its location in Florida).

Jerry also brought me along to help in the installation of a transfer table at Knoebels for their Flying Turns attraction. For those who do not know, the Flying Turns is an attempt at bringing back the Norman Bartlett Flying Turns from the 1920s-1930s. These intense rides were wooden bobsled style coasters (predating the steel varieties from Mack Rides and Intamin), where riders navigated helixs and tight turns. I am extremely excited about this ride and hope I will be able to ride it later this year.

Stay tuned for more of my experiences at GCII!

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