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Ride Control System Security Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10022481 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Dec. 20, 2022

Job Summary:

Ride Control System Security Engineer

“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? 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?

As a Ride Control System Security Engineer you will work within Walt Disney Imagineering’s Ride Studio on multiple ride attraction projects and are responsible for network architecture design and implementation activities on new ride projects for installation in all our parks across the globe. Join us in a highly collaborative and self-directed atmosphere to lead efforts applying groundbreaking network technology on Disney rides!


Lead Operational Technology (OT) network architecture and cyber security systems development, design, and implementation for automation and embedded control systems on a wide variety of large-scale, highly sophisticated, and innovative ride systems.

Perform engineering design and analysis for ride system networks, with focus on automation system architecture.

  • Design and test cyber security solutions and network architectures for ride systems.
  • Design, model, and analyze data communication systems.
  • Research and test new products, technologies, and methodologies and conduct trade-off studies.
  • Prepare and propose new cyber security and network architecture concepts and standards.

Lead standards and policies development for ride control network and cyber security architectures. Collaborate with and support project teams on network requirements, implementation, and issues.

  • Collaborate with attraction development teams to define and deliver ride networks.
  • Develop and analyze OT network performance requirements for high availability real-time system.
  • Develop and capture requirements and functional specifications in documents, drawings, and models.
  • Develop implementation plans and budgets for ride control network systems.
  • Develop and implement mock-ups and prototypes for proof-of concept efforts.
  • Develop test requirements and documents and conduct ride network installation/commissioning efforts.

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of experience with design, engineering, installation, and commissioning of highly networked automation, process control, and industrial control systems
  • At least 3 years of experience in network systems design, installation and configuration
  • At least 3 years of experience with Linux and Windows system administration experience.
  • Proven experience in network design and analysis approaches to ensure and balance network availability, performance, resiliency and security
  • Knowledge of wired and short-range wireless communication networks used in high availability industrial and embedded applications
  • Proven understanding of communication technologies/protocols: TCP/IP, CAN, serial, ProfiNET, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, 802.11
  • Demonstrated experience in wireless communications for control and supervising high-availability safety critical systems
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating and remediating network and system vulnerabilities
  • Demonstrated experience with cyber security technologies including firewalls, endpoint security solutions, VPNs, network monitoring and detection, and security information and event management (SIEM).
  • Solid skills in technical document writing
  • Ability to travel and work both domestically and internationally, for varying durations that could be up to 3 months
  • Ability to balance multiple sophisticated efforts simultaneously, coordinate team efforts, and manage tasks and priorities
  • Ability to maintain knowledge of constantly changing network concerns in OT systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Rockwell and/or Siemens automation systems architecture and components
  • Experienced in fail-safe and safety-related system design and analysis
  • Experience with multitasking software platforms and design approaches
  • Knowledge of software configuration management/version control tools
  • CCNA, OSCP or other relevant network and cyber security certifications strongly preferred
  • Required Education:
  • As a minimum a Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering, computer science, or related field from an accredited university
  • System Engineering coursework preferred

The hiring range for this position in Glendale, CA is $123,902 to $166,210 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 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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