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Ride Control Hardware Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10062103 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Sep. 12, 2023

Job Summary:

“We make the magic!”  That’s our motto at Walt Disney Imagineering, the arm of The Walt Disney Company that creates key content for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products all around the world.

Ride Control Hardware Engineers work within WDI’s Ride Studio in a highly collaborative environment on diverse teams.  Engineering activities cover all aspects of control system design and implementation, from concept to commissioning, for a wide variety of innovative ride platforms.


Manage programmable, electrical, and electronic hardware scope to design and deliver control systems for complex, innovative ride systems.

Perform engineering design and analysis for ride systems, focusing on electrical control systems.

  • Develop control system and network architectures.

  • Design, model, and analyze electrical supply systems.

  • Research new products, technologies, and methodologies.

Lead a team of ride control engineers and collaborate with other professionals to develop ride control systems.

  • Develop control equipment requirements and specifications.

  • Develop and implement proof-of-concept mock-ups and prototypes.

  • Conduct hazard assessments and failure modes and effects analysis.

Manage vendors, contractors, and consultants developing and implementing ride control systems.

  • Define and oversee supplier and consultant design and delivery.

  • Ensure all delivery and performance requirements are satisfied.

  • Conduct factory acceptance tests and ride system installation.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Experienced in fail-safe and safety-related control system design

  • Extensive knowledge of control processors, components, and communication networks

  • Highly proficient in industrial control system installation, integration, and commissioning

  • Solid understanding of communication protocols: TCP/IP, CAN, serial, ProfiNET, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT

  • Extensive knowledge of electrical design standards and codes, including UL508a and NEC

  • Familiarity with amusement and automation industry standards, including ASTM F2291

  • Expertise in motor and motion control methods and components

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally for 1-week to 3-year durations

  • Ability to handle multiple complex efforts simultaneously, coordinate team efforts, and manage tasks and priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Licensed professional engineer

  • Proficient with engineering design tools including AutoCAD, Matlab, Simulink, Solidworks, EPLAN

  • Proficient in Rockwell and Siemens automation systems architecture and components

  • Electrical and troubleshooting skills (voltmeter, oscilloscope, etc.)

  • Knowledge of international amusement industry standards applicable in France, Hong Kong, or China

Required Education:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in an engineering field from an accredited university

  • Electrical engineering degree highly preferred

This posting is a talent pool for upcoming roles within Walt Disney Imagineering - Ride Engineering. We will be considering talent from within this pool to fill multiple levels (e.g. Associate, Staff, Senior and Principal). 

Benefits and Perks:

The hiring range for this position in California is $94,000 to $200,000 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered. Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities, and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more at #DPEPMedia #LI-DM1

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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