As vice president of design & engineering at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., Mark Rose has a job many people only dream about. This Eagle Scout helps design the rides and attractions at the world-famous theme park and zoo and its neighboring water park, Adventure Island.
His right-hand man, mechanical engineer and Eagle Scout Jeff Hornick, says they “get to think about what would people really enjoy, what would they like, what would knock their socks off or what would be a great experience for them.”
In designing each ride or attraction, a lot of what Rose and Hornick do is solve problems, just one of the many job skills they say that they learned in Scouting.
Check out two of the Busch Gardens coasters in action in the videos below, then find out more about the job of roller-coaster engineer in the July 2012 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.