Brian Ruggles ’16, Swimming
Summer Job: Ride Operator at Cedar Point Amusement Park (Ohio)
What’s it like to work as a Roller Coaster Operator?
"Working here is incredible because very few people get to say that a 420ft coaster is literally their office. The guests make it fun too. I enjoy interacting with them and helping calm them down before the ride. Also, because I’m a coaster nerd, watching the trains launching from 0 to 120mph in under four seconds will never get old!"
How does this job connect to your major?
"Being a physics major, I’m able to apply my knowledge to a lot of the coasters. The physics and engineering of getting a Top Thrill Dragster train over the hill (almost) every time is mind blowing. Once in a while, the trains won’t make it over the hill. Many things can cause this, such as a sudden change in weather or temperature, or even a difference in the masses of the trains. There are so many variables that go into each launch, and that definitely complicates the calculations."
What’s your favorite part about working at Cedar Point?
"I’m finally at the place I’ve been dreaming about my entire life. There are giant world record breaking coasters all around which makes for spectacular scenery and I’m able to ride them whenever I’m not working (and trust me, I do). Many of the other employees here are just as passionate about roller coasters as I am so it’s amazing to have people to talk to who share this same passion."