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Dev Ops Engineer, Principal - Rides and Attractions

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 546535BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Apr. 26, 2019

Job Summary:

“We create happiness.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!

Hurtling through space, diving down a mountain in a log, careening out of control in the jungle… ever imagine engineering these exhilarating adventures for Disney guests around the world at Walt Disney Imagineering? Superhero flight, outdueling a space fighter, cartoon-like motions… how would you pull these off? Are you interested in the challenges of making these reality-defying, emotive experiences work under real world constraints, while providing the illusion of journeys beyond people’s wildest dreams?

Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects.

An employee filling the role of Senior DevOps Engineer, will be responsible for activities that ensure the quality, reliability, and stability of Imagineering Ride Control Systems that power the ride experience. These activities include the design and specification of technical infrastructure that facilitates the integration of software development and delivery from inception to full operation. As a senior member of the engineering team, an employee filling this role would be responsible for developing the technical implementations for fault tolerance, performance enhancement, and configuration management of applications, and may be expected to lead in the implementation of the solutions. This position will be responsible for helping WDI to establish a modern and state of the art software testing and release pipeline for our show system software and components.


Specific duties and responsibilities include creating, maintaining and executing test plans and test cases against our hardware and software platforms, estimating test efforts, analyzing and communicating test results, defect tracking and participating in day to day QA Activities The Senior DevOps Engineer will also spend a significant amount of time in guided exploration of new technologies and solutions that are applicable to the short, medium, and long run goals of WDI's Ride Software group. This position offers the opportunity and responsibility to contribute to the ongoing development and future of our dynamic ride and technology platforms.
•Create applications and scripts to automate and monitor Systems Engineering functions and processes such as archival, data migration, building systems, server configurations, and deployment.
•Activities to ensure the quality, reliability and stability of production systems and services.
•Identifies and defines testing strategy for software systems for approval.
•Responsible for defining functional and performance criteria and confirming that these requirements are achieved in the project plan. Work closely with Software group to manage and develop tools for managing and automating hardware and software resources.
•Leads engagement with software developers and infrastructure engineers to integrate software development and delivery from inception to full operation, ensuring robust released software and systems for control systems, automation, and key infrastructure.
•Automate and support physical and virtual environments for web and application servers for both production and development.
• Participates in researching, testing and implementing optimized technical solutions for our production technology infrastructure
•Leads in the analysis of technical requirements to ensure systems provide required availability, latency, scalability, automation, and efficiency.
•Support projects through the full development lifecycle.
•Produce weekly status reports detailing project activities; and track progress on assignments, comparing budget/schedule to actual and alerting management to any problems that may jeopardize budget or schedule.
•Work closely with Software Development group to manage and develop tools for managing and automating hardware and software resources.
•Assist in developing labor estimates, equipment estimates, and schedules;
•Ensure that team members and management are well informed of activities.
•Develop stand-alone software labor estimates, equipment estimates, and software schedules
•Define specifications and scopes of work for external vendors.
•Manage day-to-day activities and provide direction for multiple teams of test development personnel
• Influences direction of product and service development.
• Provides 3rd tier /extended support to the Systems and Technical Support Engineering group.

Basic Qualifications:

•10 plus years of experience in dev ops design
•Expert proficiency in building software tools and automation (Jenkins)
•Advanced to Expert proficiency in object-oriented programming languages (C/C++), database technologies (Oracle, MySQL, Redis), and networking protocols used for the implementation of supported systems
•Demonstrated skill in testing enterprise distributed systems is strongly desired
•Excellent troubleshooting skills to root cause complex issues required
•Strong familiarity and experience with code repositories
•Strong scripting experience with PowerShell, BASH, shell-scripting, Perl and VBscript.
•Passion for creating and executing test plans
•Passion for developing high quality code and in participating in code reviews
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience writing, maintaining and deploying RESTful services
•Familiarity with Agile principles
•Experience troubleshooting and using build tools (Gradle, Maven, Make)
•Experience collecting and analyzing metrics to improve software and process quality

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science discipline (Computer Science 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 Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., 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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