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Ride Control Systems Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10022459 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Jan. 12, 2023

Job Summary:

Ride Control Systems Engineer

“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. Within the WDI Ride Studio, Imagineers tackle everyday challenges like hurtling through space, diving down a mountain in a log, careening out of control in the jungle, and other exhilarating emotive experiences for our Guests.

Ride Control Systems Engineers work within WDI’s Ride Studio on one or more project teams, and are responsible for ride control engineering activities for ride systems.  These engineering activities cover all aspects of ride control system design and implementation, integrating mechanical, electrical, and software systems, from concept to commissioning, for a wide variety of innovative ride platforms that include unique requirements for novel rider experiences, high reliability, and safety.  RCS Engineers perform in a highly collaborative environment on diverse teams, and are comfortable in environments where scope and requirements change frequently. 

Picture yourself being amongst the “first riders” of the ride you just helped design, build, and commission!


  • Work on a team to conceive, design, & deliver control systems for a wide variety of complex and innovative ride systems and related equipment.
  • Conduct systems engineering for ride control systems.
  • Define system use cases and user needs.
  • Develop and capture requirements and functional specifications in documents, drawings, and models.
  • Perform hazard assessments, and failure modes & effects analysis.
  • Ensure compliance with control system safety standards.
  • Perform engineering design and analysis for ride control systems.
  • Develop control strategies and algorithms.
  • Research new products, technologies, and methodologies.
  • Design, model, and analyze electrical, data communication, and dynamic systems.
  • Define control system and network architectures including network communications.
  • Collaborate with other design and engineering professionals to implement ride control systems.
  • Develop implementation plans and budgets.
  • Develop verification and validation strategies.
  • Develop and implement mock-ups and prototypes for proof-of concept efforts.
  • Develop test requirements and documents, and lead testing efforts.

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 4 years of experience with design, engineering, installation, and commissioning of control systems for electromechanical systems
  • Experienced in safety-related system design, including defensive design techniques, and defensive programming
  • Knowledge of control processors, components, and communication networks used in multi-processing real-time industrial and/or embedded applications
  • Proficient in industrial control system installation, integration and commissioning
  • Proficient in Rockwell and/or Beckhoff automation systems architecture and components
  • Understanding of communication technologies/protocols: TCP/IP, CAN, serial, ProfiNET, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT
  • Experience with requirements management, verification planning, test plan/procedures, and test execution
  • Knowledge and familiarity with functional safety standards, including IEC 61508, IEC 62061, ISO 13849
  • Knowledge and familiarity with amusement and automation industry standards, including ASTM F2291, and UL508A
  • Solid skills in technical document writing
  • Proficient in developing and reading electrical schematics and one-line diagrams
  • Ability to handle multiple complex efforts simultaneously, and manage tasks and priorities
  • Ability to travel and work both domestically and internationally, for varying durations that could be over 1 year

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient with engineering design tools, including AutoCAD, Matlab, Simulink, Solidworks
  • Expertise in motor and motion control methods and components
  • Demonstrated experience in contractor/vendor management and technical contract documents
  • Electrical and troubleshooting skills (voltmeter, oscilloscope, etc.)
  • Knowledge of pneumatic controls and devices
  • Experience in broad application of control system theory (closed-loop control, MIMO systems, positioning and navigation)
  • Experience with multitasking software platforms and design approaches
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international amusement industry standards applicable in France, Hong Kong, or China

Required Education:

  • As a minimum a Bachelor of Science Degree in an engineering field from an accredited university
  • Some Physics Coursework (Motion Equations / Dynamics) required
  • Some Computer Engineering Coursework highly preferred
  • Some System Engineering coursework preferred
  • Control Systems Engineering and/or Control Theory a plus

The hiring range for this position in Glendale, CA is $112,586 to $151,030 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.

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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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