Rob McCarthy

Rob McCarthy

LEGO Master Model Builder


LEGOLAND, California

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Played in Carnegie Hall.
Published my first piece of music.
Played my first solo recital.
Started teaching young students.
Began working with students with alternative methods.
Took those alternative methods to a new level and bagan creating with them.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
William S. Hart High
Bachelor
Music Teacher Education
Arizona State University

Career

LEGO Master Model Builder

I design and build giant LEGO models.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Engineering
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I show up and ride my tricycle around our theme park before the guests arrive. I inspect every LEGO model for cleanliness and safety, and I repair anything that needs it. I then design new LEGO models using computer software and pencil and paper sketching. Then I build the new models, sometimes as part of a team. After all this, I document my process, and sometimes I even get to go on the news to share my latest creations!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

First, I need to be an artist. I need to make everything look great. Aesthetic skills are omnipotent when it comes to making giant detailed sculptures out of plastic toys! Second, I need to be an engineer. Children and adults of all ages can climb on the models I build, and California is known for its potent earthquakes. That means I need to have a solid understanding of materials, construction techniques, and physics. Finally, and most importantly, I need to have a good sense of humor!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Do what you love and the money will follow. One of my greatest mentors once asked me outright, "are you a rich or poor LEGO builder?" I answered, "rich," without thinking, because my life is enjoyable, and I am happy. I love what I do, and I am surrounded by people who share my mindset.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Architecture
undergrad
Bachelor
Engineering Design

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"My father was a hobo because he played the oboe."