Featured Career: LEGO Engineer
Updated: Nov 30, 2020
Ouch!!! What was that?
Ok, you’re probably wondering what the yelling is for. Imagine this…
You’re a kid again, you’re back in your room, and it’s late at night.
You decide to get up and go to the bathroom.
While walking through your room, you step on something.
You yell out as it digs painfully into the bottom of your foot.
You then take a step to the right to avoid it but somehow manage to step on it again!
You finally make it to the light switch.
Frantically, you turn it on, and what do you see?
***** LEGOs *****
As a child, I remember designing, constructing, destroying, and manipulating legos into objects and shapes of all sizes. It was a great way to construct the things I imagined in my mind. Some legos rolled, some floated, some moved, and some did absolutely nothing. I would often imagine a world where becoming an adult could be just as fun and playful as the life of a kid.
Luckily for the inner-kid within us all, that job already exists! And YOU can pursue it by becoming the next “LEGO Engineer”! It may be a shocker to discover these tiny connecting blocks not only provide a creative and stress-free environment for kids - but for adults as well!
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To become a LEGO Engineer, a person can take many paths. Although a Bachelor’s Degree is not required, many LEGO Engineers go to college and study 3D Arts or Illustration. Some have backgrounds in industrial design, architecture, carpentry, video game creation, graphic design, theater design, and even sculpting. The more skills you develop, the better your ideas will be.
According to the official LEGO® website, the best thing you can do to become a dedicated LEGO engineer is to play with LEGO bricks as much as possible! Try recreating objects you see around the house. In the case of minimal experience, basic knowledge of shapes, colors, and compositions can be helpful in making an impact in the world of LEGOS.
Countless applicants have said LEGO tests are much harder than most would assume. During one interview, potential candidates were required to build a small human head including identifiable facial features out of LEGO bricks in less than 4 hours! With time and practice, you too can evolve into a master builder.
LEGO Master Builders get to work on mind-blowing projects! A few items created out of LEGOS include a real and drivable Porsche 911, a Lifesized Batman, Star Wars Spaceships, a lifesized city, and even building sets based on some of the most popular TV shows and movies, like LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO DC and Marvel Superheroes. The list goes on and on with a plethora of concepts and designs to partake in.
To create these inspiring works of art, LEGO engineers spend long work hours designing with both physical and digital tools. Work tables are set up with shelving units filled with all the LEGO bricks an individual can dream of. With the use of high-tech 3D modeling software, LEGO engineers can bring their wildest ideas to life.
Now, what about the pay?
As of August 2020, the average annual salary of a LEGO Engineer was $51,000, with the highest seen at $105,000. Those numbers can certainly rise with relative experience and promotional growth into an executive company role. However, keep in mind that also means less hands-on time with the LEGOs and more time in operational meetings.
No matter what path you take in the LEGO world, it will certainly be an exciting one. The beloved Peter Pan brought us to Neverland in a symbolic film of not wanting to grow up. With a career as a LEGO Engineer, you NEVER have to!
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