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Principal Show Electronic Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7048580920220316 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Nov. 11, 2022 Flex Type On-Site

- This role is considered on-site, which means the employee will work from a Company designated location on an ongoing basis.

Job Summary:

Perform Electronic Engineering activities related to attractions with electric motor controlled animated figures, animated props and show action equipment.  Provide expertise in motion control systems, motor selection, motor drive design and selection and motor tuning using standard PID and advanced motion control techniques.  Provide technical oversight to the project team members performing electronic engineering tasks:  blue sky system definition, mock ups, theory of operation, circuit design, assembly design, system integration, facility sizing and supporting infrastructure, production, installation, and test and adjust.  Enforce systems engineering process, discipline, and standards as well as ensuring a quality final product.  Take responsibility for budget, schedule, and quality of attraction related deliverables.

You Will:

  • Makes decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an important impact on extensive engineering activities as related to motion control systems hardware and software, specification, design, implementation, tuning and commissioning.

  • Reviews mechanical designs for control analysis, cabling paths, motor homing, electrical maintainability, and safety design.

  • Develops and maintains animated figure, animated prop, and show action equipment cabling designs, motor control architecture documentation, and a plan for animation tuning and commissioning.

  • Specifically tests and tunes individual motors for performance and creative intent while maintaining tuning parameters and any pertinent details to be documented for attraction turnover.

  • Frequently reviews industry standards and tracks development for recommendation of motors, motor drives, connectors, cables, sensors, and encoders.

  • Works with the software motion control team for control tool issues, changes, and features.

  • Initiates and maintains extensive contact with key engineers and officials of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues.

  • Develop specifications and test plans.

  • Review and authorize for release detailed top level, layout and design drawings of electronic subsystems.

  • Identify and collect vendor electronic equipment specifications.

  • Resolve design conflicts and revise electronic element requirements, as required.

  • Develop risk analysis and inform management, as required.

  • Finalize detailed interface requirements between controls and ride mechanical and audio elements.

  • Provide electronic Contractor support and verification of first article assembly and bench testing, as required.

  • Ensure Show System deliverables are met.

  • Support Show System operator and maintenance training.

Basic Qualifications :

  • Motor Technology

  • PID Control Loop design, implementation and tuning

  • Advanced Motion Control techniques (feed forward, gain scheduling, etc.)

  • Advanced motor application (servo, VFD, stepper, vector drive, etc.)

  • Specification and application of position feedback (incremental, absolute, optical, magnetic)

  • Understanding of electronic principles

  • Understanding of general Physics and Mathematics

  • Understanding of mechanical and software systems

  • Knowledge of computer, power, and communications theory

  • Schematic and assembly drawing reading

  • Estimating Methods / Experience

  • Elmo EASII / Maxon EPOS / Mitsubishi FR Configurator 2 / Copley CME

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Engineering professional experience totaling fifteen or more years, including responsibility for motor and drive specification, motor control design and architecture, industrial automation or robotic control.

  • Strong hardware knowledge and hands-on field installation experience required.

  • Must have a high tolerance for change and changing requirements.

  • Knowledge of human factors and ability to design to accommodate people.

  • Must be willing to travel, sometimes for extended stays.  6 to 12 months of relocation may be required on some projects.

  • Ability to present technical concepts in manner understandable by non-technical people

  • AutoCAD

  • PLC programming

Required Education :

  • BS Electronic Engineering


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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 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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