Written by Cal Walsh

Not only do I get to tell people I won my job in a competition, I am graced with the privilege to combine both work and play in the ultimate dream job!

photo of Cal Walsh
Cal Walsh lands a job as a Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center after entering a local building competition. He is seen here with his winning model, which combines the spelling of his name, CAL, as well as representations of his characteristics, one of which included a spaceship to represent his degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas. Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth.

It started out as a whim of curiosity from seeing an article in The Dallas Morning News newspaper, which was calling all LEGO fans to participate in a multi-round, two-day build off competition. The grand prize was the opportunity to be named the Master Model Builder – a full-time, salaried job with benefits – for the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth at Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, Texas.

With little thought to actually winning the competition, I went to shake hands with the right people, drop my resume and have a little fun on a Saturday afternoon. However, as the final round on Sunday commenced, I realized that if I could show the judges my mix of creative and artistic engineering design capabilities, along with my love of interacting with children, I might have a chance to really impress.

My final creation was a compilation of objects representing both physical and psychological characteristics of myself. A spaceship, riding atop a large letter “C,” represented my degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. This was followed by a unicycle, depicting my love of travel, sense of balance, uniqueness and mystique and dedication to seek and overcome great challenges. The unicycle also represented the playful enjoyment and childish nature of active learning that I apply to my everyday life.

Lastly, a tennis shoe in the shape of a large letter “L” represented the importance of exercise in my life, including my position as President of the Texas Running Club at The University of Texas. Using a forgiving imagination to see the unicycle as the letter “A”, the combination of all three elements then spelled my first name: CAL.

As Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth, I am excited to aid in the construction and maintenance of MINILAND, the attraction’s key feature, as well as the large seasonal models. Additionally, I look the most forward to my responsibility of teaching children the secrets of being a LEGOLAND Master Builder and inspiring creativity and passion in the minds of our future engineers!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth is the second LEGOLAND Discovery Center venue to open in the U.S. and the fifth in the world.