If we told you that you could build LEGO models for a living, would you believe us?
For our second installment of our “Your Dream Construction Job” series, we feature a job that many children dream of: LEGO Model Builder.
Yes, the job of your childhood dreams is a real opportunity today. Take a look inside the studio of a Master Model Builder! Or, check out tips from LEGO official Master Builder Chris Steininger on how to become a Master Builder.
Merlin Entertainment, which owns all of the Legoland attractions in the world, recently opened a “secret LEGO factory” in Florida where LEGO Model Builders work. As the job title gives away, a LEGO Builder creates models for Legoland attractions. Sure, there are attractions close to the factory in Florida, but these attractions aren’t just found in the United States. Outside of America, LEGO Builders’ creations are featured around the world, including Denmark, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Germany, and Malaysia.
Since the secret LEGO factory was opened, the business has hired 50 model builders and designers. And, they’re still looking for at least 20 more people to add to their team. But this position isn’t for the casual maker who hasn’t touched a LEGO piece since the 90s. Interested applicants who make it to the hiring process must:
- Complete timed builds
- Showcase creativity with “freestyle” builds
- Go through rounds of interviews
- Get a pre-placement physical
While there is not one direct path to get you to this position or any specific work history required, some builders have come from engineering and educational backgrounds while others received formal art education before applying. All you need is a high school diploma and a passion for building with LEGO to be considered. And, according to the job posting, applicants with the following skills are preferred:
- Experience building LEGO models, including architectural and/or sculptural
- Computer knowledge
- LEGO parts knowledge
- Excellent communication skills
- Collaborative spirit
- Openness to giving and receiving constructive criticism
- Positive attitude and patience
- Strong focus and concentration
- Skilled craftsmanship
Aside from the skills and path it takes to get there, the job description itself gives a clear picture of the expectations of a LEGO Builder:
“This individual builds LEGO models in our off-site Model Shop- MMM Studios. Must have LEGO building experience and be able to design and build sturdy, accurate, complicated, safe and installable LEGO models for a wide variety of LEGOLAND attractions including miniature scale models and/or life sized organic models from prototypes, diagrams or computer generated instructions. This position requires strong communication during design and building of models, good organization during the completion and documentation phases of the projects and a willingness to complete all tasks necessary to creating and installing models and displays.”
This position and so much more could be yours when you choose a career in construction. In this industry, there’s a unique opportunity to truly create the career of your dreams. Like we’ve said before, success follows those who merge their passions with a skilled trade. It doesn’t necessarily have to be building a new commercial building that will house your favorite shop. Think beyond brick and mortar when envisioning your dream career in construction. It can be made with a plastic toy.
We’ll be continuing this series over the next few weeks, taking you down some of the most unexpected paths with a career in construction. In the meantime, we are here to support your dreams of creating, no matter what form they take or what path you follow.
Photo from: http://hellotheproducers.com/2019/02/26/how-to-become-a-lego-master-builder-probably-the-best-job-in-the-world/