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A ‘Goliath’ example of a cool engineering career

Katie Coffin
Programs Assistant at Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Think engineering jobs are mundane? Think again! 

Check out this story about Goliath, the new roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., set to open this Saturday. It will set three records for wooden roller coasters, and it will be the steepest and fastest wooden coaster in the world. 

The road to construction of this roller coaster involved engineering innovation. This story details the work of the engineers, bringing this structure to life. 

“The company developed a method of building new wooden coasters that prefabricates computer-designed tracks. Rather than building tracks on-site, as done in the past, Rocky Mountain Construction Group cuts, flexes and welds the steel into whatever shape is needed and fastens it to laminated pine in the shop, while curving it to within a sixteenth-of-an-inch margin of error over 40 feet of track. That technique allows the track to bend in ways traditional wooden rides wouldn't.” 

Read the full Chicago Tribune story here >> http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-02/news/ct-great-america-roller-coaster-met-20140502_1_coasters-outlaw-run-fred-grubb 

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