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Ride Control Software Engineer Principal

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10089602 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted May 29, 2024

Job Summary:

About the Role & Team

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force that imagines, designs, and brings to life all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, and cruise ships worldwide. Working across a spectrum of disciplines that range from creative and conceptual to scientific and technical, Imagineers blend an innovative mixture of storytelling, art, science, and technology to create immersive experiences, memorable destinations, and innovative entertainment for families around the globe.

Nearly every project at Walt Disney Imagineering includes a first-of-its-kind. Innovation is in our DNA, and Imagineers constantly push the boundaries of technology and invent new goals as well as the solutions to achieve them. As Imagineers, one of our greatest rewards is knowing that the experiences and environments we create inspire others. The diversity of expertise at Imagineering makes us uniquely capable of influencing positive change in our communities and around the world. And knowing that we have helped make a difference is incredibly fulfilling and inspiring for all of us.

This position will report to the Executive Ride Control Software Engineering.

What You Will Do

Define, analyze, and validate deterministic solutions for large-scale, fail-safe motion control systems, including:

  • System Definition

  • System Performance Analysis

  • Control System Architecture

  • Detailed Design Specifications

  • Understand / Review Electrical Layout (e.g. single line drawing) & Mechanical Drawings (e.g. pneumatic diagram)

  • Hazard Analysis

  • Test Strategies and Test Plans

Specify, design, and implement operator-intensive, safety-critical control software using real-time operating systems, including:

  • Theory of Operation

  • Software Design Documentation

  • Debug / Software Integration Testing

Install, integrate, and test high-capacity, man-rated control systems domestically and overseas including:

  • I/O Checkout

  • System Functions Testing

  • Fault Testing

  • Adjusting / Tuning

  • Acceptance Testing using Earned Value tracking

Required Qualifications & Skills

At least 10 years of professional experience in the following areas:

  • Software Development Tools (Integrated Development Environment (IDE), compilers, linkers, debuggers, etc) experience

  • Proficiency at C++

  • Proficiency at Ladder Logic and Structured Text

  • Strong Analytical Skills

  • Strong Technical Writing Ability

  • Real-Time Control Experience (competent at ensuring deterministic system)

  • Fail-Safe Control Experience (competent at creating safety timing analysis)

  • Multitasking Software Experience

  • Equipment Control Experience (motors, drives, sensors, effectors, servo)

  • Troubleshooting Skills Experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ride Control and/or Theme Park Experience

  • Detailed Knowledge of similar Industry Standards

  • Rapid Development and/or Agile Development Techniques

  • DevOps and Software Automation Experience

  • Configuration Management / Version Control Tool Usage

  • Proficiency at Unified Modeling Language (UML)

  • Experience with System Modeling Language (SysML)

  • Experience with Software Case Tools

  • Proficiency at Visio, Excel, VBA

  • Proficiency at Matlab

  • Experience with Safety Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and HMIs

  • Allen Bradley ControlLogix or GuardLogix (RSLogix)

  • Control Theory


  • Bachelor's Degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Engineering

Additional Information

This role is located in Glendale, CA.

Development and design are primarily in Glendale, CA, but installation, testing, and other support may require travel and/or relocation, up to approximately 20% of the time. Relocation for 1 year at a time is possible, to both domestic and international facilities.

Benefits and Perks: 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 about our benefits and perks at



The hiring range for this position in Glendale, CA is $180,700 to $242,300 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.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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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