Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 @ 2:51 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 @ 4:02 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Many children dream of being a doctor, lawyer or scientist when they grow up.
But what if they knew they could play with toys and get paid for it?
A new Legoland factory called the Merlin Magic Making Hub held its grand opening last week near the company's theme park and resort in Winter Haven, Florida. Merlin Entertainment, Legoland's parent company, is looking to hire at least 20 model builders and designers for Lego creations around the world.
"It's a brand new production facility to make Lego models for Merlin attractions all around the world," Ryan Wood, the model shop supervisor, told Fox 13. "The kind of models we make here are typically for mini-land attractions within the Legoland and Legoland Discovery Center parks."
Models are often of people, animals and popular sites.
The Florida factory, which had its grand opening last week, has already hired 50 model builders for its staff.
"This is definitely very much a dream job," said Legoland model builder Max Petrosky. "When you're a kid, you play with Lego, you know? To actually make a living, actually working with Lego, it's just really incredible."
The job, which only requires a high school diploma, is described as follows:
"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.
Requires previous experience in LEGO model building, (architectural and/or sculptural), basic computer knowledge, a good knowledge of LEGO parts, good communication skills, ability to give and receive constructive criticism, ability to work in a team and a positive attitude. Strong focus, concentration, good craftsmanship, patience and a sense of humor are a must. Artistic education, background, or experience helpful but not required."
Legoland has attractions in Denmark, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Malaysia.