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TD Technical Trainer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03391 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Jul. 07, 2022

Job Summary:

PU’s Training TD is responsible for a broad range of tasks that support technical education and enrichment at Pixar. This includes developing curriculum, teaching classes, writing documentation, and creating/maintaining technical assets and tools. Curriculum and classes will be largely related to the trainer’s home disciplines, but they will also expand to new areas, giving the trainer the opportunity to learn and teach new tools and subjects. The Training TD will proactively build and maintain strong connections with Technical teams at Pixar to understand their learning needs and will create training to meet those needs. On a daily basis this will require curiosity, interest in all aspects of our Technical Pipeline, approachability, and a collaborative spirit. The generalist knowledge and relationships gained in this position will enable the Training TD to rotate into production in their home discipline as well as new departments. These rotations into production will be a key part of keeping the TD’s skills current, as well as supporting production in critical ways.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Deliver high quality classroom instruction on Pixar’s technical film-making pipeline for new-hires during “TD Quickstart” and “Specialty Training” weeks

  • Collaborate proactively with TDs, artists, Production Staff and department leadership to understand training needs, then develop and deliver intermediate and advanced technical training in specific disciplines with limited supervision

  • Work with the rest of the Technical Training Team to propose, create, and complete a range of classes and activities that support Technical education across all departments at Pixar

  • Maintain existing training materials and documentation to keep them up to date with production workflows

  • Create new training materials and documentation that are team-specific or studio-wide

  • Maintain technical training assets including PU’s prods, shots, and models, to stay up-to-date within current Production units

  • Help maintain classrooms including the physical spaces, hardware, and software

  • Participate in organization, coordination and delivery of studio-internal and cross-studio learning events

  • Successfully complete short- and long-term rotations into production departments, adding value to the production, keeping skills current, and increasing castability

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong teaching skills with the ability to develop and provide high quality classroom instruction for students at various levels of learning

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to build and maintain strong relationships, and proven ability to work successfully as part of a team

  • Good trouble-shooting skills and a sense of calm under pressure

  • Passion for learning and teaching

  • Deep understanding of CG Production Pipelines, and how different teams work together over the course of a film

  • Experience in one or more technical departments in a production environment

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Film Production, or a related field of study, preferably with a focus in Computer Graphics

  • Experience with 3D software platforms such as Houdini, Nuke, Katana, Substance Painter/Designer and Maya

  • Familiarity with LINUX / UNIX

  • Experience creating, maintaining and troubleshooting documentation in wiki/Confluence, Google Docs, or similar

  • Some programming experience in Python, C++ or similar language

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequent to continuous use of standard office / computer equipment including computer, mouse, keyboard, phone, etc.

  • Computer-related and teaching work may involve extended periods of sitting or standing

  • Teaching and meetings / collaborations may require frequent transitions to/from various locations and classrooms across Pixar’s campus

  • Occasional moving of objects up to 30 pounds

 

To be considered, please submit a cover letter with your resume

About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renoinswned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

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 Pixar Inc., which is part of a business we call Pixar Animation Studios.

Pixar 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.

This position is with Pixar Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Pixar Animation Studios.

Pixar 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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