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Technical Support Engineer - Animation

Burbank, CA - US

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Job ID 675555BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted 05/06/2019

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Animation Studios combines the best in artistry and storytelling with cutting-edge technology to bring wonderful new characters and adventures to the big screen for audiences around the world.

The Technical Support Engineer (TSE) provides technical support to all studio staff. Primarily a direct support position, other tasks include basic systems administration, collaboration with other technology teams, and exploring process improvements to proactively solve problems.


  • Provide Help Desk/Service Center style support, monitoring all inbound technical support requests, calls/tickets for the studio.
  • Handle common tech support issues from start to resolution, escalating to upper tier teams only when necessary.
  • Use a consolidated, studio-wide Help Desk process that provides speedy resolution of problems, and allows for efficient routing of challenging issues to the appropriate team.
  • Collaborate with other technology teams as needed to determine the best solution to challenging issues.
  • Work closely with artists to better understand evolving workflows and related support issues.
  • Create thorough documentation of issues submitted by end-users
  • Assist in creation and socialization of self-help and online training methods, including shared documentation and video training to enable users to easily solve their own challenges.
  • Work with leadership to continually improve tech support procedures and policies and recommend process improvements. Help to define how end-user support should be coordinated, delivered, standardized and communicated.
  • Support a wide array of software, both internally-developed and third party.
  • Support multiple hardware and operating system platforms including Mac, Linux, iOS and Windows, as well as related software & accessories.
  • Support general tech hardware, like computer workstations, laptops, printers, displays, KVMs, etc
  • Maintain a flexible schedule including possible night or weekend work.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years experience with technical support or user support, preferably in a production setting.
  • Working knowledge of Mac OSX, iOS and Windows operating systems. Familiarity with Linux desktop.
  • Familiarity with ticket tracking tech support tools, documentation platforms and diagnostic systems.
  • Ability to install, configure, and maintain desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices.
  • Familiarity with software packages used in the animation or VFX industries such as Maya, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.
  • Proficiency with productivity applications such as OpenOffice, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, GMail, and overall Google Administration.
  • Ability to diagnose and potentially repair or replace computer system components (storage media/drives, graphics/GPU cards, memory modules, fans, etc).
  • Ability to provide individual user-training on workflows, script/tool usage, mobile device usage, as well as production and studio procedures.
  • Strong analytical problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and a strong customer service orientation.
  • Highly self-directed. Manage and prioritize multiple concurrent and competing challenges, issues, ambiguities, and contradictions that inevitably occur when supporting a highly complex, and diverse production environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hands-on experience with Linux administration
  • Strong Macintosh/Windows system administration skills
  • Administration of tracking and configuration management systems such as RT, Jira, Jenkins and Git.
  • Experience with/passion for scripting/coding, preferably Python, C, C++, or Javascript.
  • Familiarity with web development such as HTML5 or CGI scripts.
  • Familiarity with CG Animation, VFX, or video game production environments & common pipelines.
  • Familiarity with common systems tools and protocols (BIOS,DNS/DHCP, LDAP, Active Directory, Zabbix).
  • Knowledge of remote desktop technologies such as PCoIP and RGS.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience

Preferred Education

  • BS or BA degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related technical field.

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

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 Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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