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PH-Audio-Animatronic Figure Trainee

Glendale, CA - US

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Job ID 714176BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted 08/11/2019

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and engineering combine to bring Disney stories, characters, and worlds to life. We create all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, and cruise ships worldwide. Our unique strength comes from our diverse global team of creative and technical professionals who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. We Create to Inspire!

Program Outline

The Illusion Studio’s Animatronics Figure Trainee Program will introduce the individual to the skills required to manufacture Audio-Animatronics® Figures for Disney Parks. Each participant will develop new skills in several areas: Mechanical (machining, welding, and assembly), Electrical Assembly, and Surface Development (plastics, mold-making, 3D printing, and others).
The program specifically targets skills required in our diverse workforce such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication through a variety of hands on modules and on-the-job training. Trainees will be immersed in Disney culture while creating magical memories for our guests.


This is a full time (40 hours per week) role based in Glendale, CA. After general orientation, including one or more programs held at various Disney properties, participant’s rotate through three Illusions Studio areas where they receive hands-on training and development while contributing to ongoing Project deliverables in:
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Surface Development

The time spent in each area is approximately four months. Participants receive exposure to a variety of projects and have ample time to practice the skills of the studio. During this phase the participants will also work together as an independent team to produce a small animated figure.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Work safely. Protect yourself, colleagues, product, tools, and environment.
  • Demonstrate aptitude for the work, an attitude to excel, and a strong work ethic.
  • Present yourself professionally. Be courteous, attentive, and efficient.
  • Communicate clearly and candidly.
  • Collaborate. Share your talents generously.
  • Demonstrate respect for your tools. Know how to hold a tool, operate a tool, prepare your work space, and clean up afterwards.
  • Have formal training in one or more of these areas:
    • Welding
    • Machining or tool making
    • Mold making
    • FRP layup
    • Electrical cabling or electronic assembly

Required Education

  • High School diploma or equivalent is required

Preferred Education

  • Associate degree, Trade School Education, manufacturing technology certification, or some related job training is preferred

About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Imagineering, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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