Pursuing a Career in themed construction

Im looking for advice on how to pursue a career in the themed construction industry.

From Eric Rogowski
Posted May 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM
I am a Sophomore in a Construction Sciences and Management program and would love to find a job working on projects that involve theme parks, zoos, or areas of that nature. Are there any suggestions on how to get involved in this field or and companies that I should look into?


From William Clark
Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Well the general contractor who's working on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando is PCL. Why not give them a call. I know that they have over a year's work just on Potter. Also Universal is building a new hotel, Cabana Bay Resort, right next door. PCL is the GC there as well. Plenty of work there.

From TH Creative
Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:29 AM
@ Eric - Which part of the country are you located? Where are you interested in living/working?

And Balfour Beatty is the general contractor on Cabana Bay, not PCL.

From Tony Duda
Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM
Looks like he is at Kansas St. U. I guess he wants to start a long term plan for when he graduates. Finding out who the contractors, designers, architects, etc. are is a good start. Learn their roles and histories in building attractions and parks.

From TH Creative
Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM
My suggestions:

(1) Learn everything you can about the Autodesk software (especially Revit and NavisWorks) and become an expert on Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.

(2) Learn everything you can about the AIA contract exhibits associated with BIM. Samples of these exhibits are available for free on-line.

(3) Learn everything you can about Integrated Project Delivery methods of project management.

(4) Plan a trip to the next IAAPA convention.

From Eric Rogowski
Posted May 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM
Thank you for all the information. I am located in Manhattan Kansas as of right now. Like Tony said I am planning out long term goals for where I might like to work once I have graduated or possible internship opportunities to get my foot in the door. Once I have graduated I don't have a preference on where I want to work but I have a feeling that a career in this field will bring out towards the east or west coast.

From Tony Duda
Posted May 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM
Good luck Eric, have a beer for me in Aggieville.

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