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Ride Control Systems Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10083740 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Apr. 12, 2024

Job Summary:

“We create happiness!” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help encourage that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and build the never-before-seen! Are you ready to join this team and make your impact?

What You Will Do

Ride Control Systems Engineers work within Walt Disney Imagineering’s Florida based Ride Studio. They perform in a highly collaborative environment on diverse teams which include technical, creative, and park operations members. These engineers are responsible for all aspects of delivering ride-based attractions at the theme parks around the world. Our Ride Control Systems Engineers conceive, design, engineer, and deliver control systems for a variety of sophisticated and innovative ride systems.

The Ride Control Systems Engineer will report to the Ride Engineering Executive.

Required Qualifications

  • Collaborate with a team of ride control engineers, software engineers, and other specialists on technically complex electromechanical development projects.
  • Develop and implement ride control systems that deliver the creative intent and meet operational requirements.
  • Collaborate with project team members to deliver the creative intent.
  • Collaborate with attraction operators and project team members to define and deliver maintainable and reliable systems.
  • Work with supplier design, engineering, testing, installation, and commissioning efforts at supplier locations and at project construction sites.
  • Define technical requirements, design, and implement operator intensive, safety-critical control systems and software.
  • Develop safety-critical control architecture, network architecture, and algorithms for ride attractions, ride vehicles, and motion systems.
  • Design operator interfaces and electrical control panels.
  • Perform Installation Validation, I/O Checkout, System Functions Testing, Fault Testing, Adjusting / Tuning, and Acceptance Testing of man-rated control systems, which may require the use of active fall protection, catwalks, ladders, scaffolding, lifts, and/or access to confined spaces.
  • Write technical documents such as Theory of Operation, Design Specifications, Hazard Assessments, Software Design Document, Debug / Software Integration Test Plans
  • Create hazard assessments, and failure modes & effects analysis.
  • Write testing requirements, strategies, safety plans, and testing procedure documents.
  • Research new products, technologies, and methodologies and conduct trade-off studies.
  • Develop mock-ups and prototypes as needed to prove-out concepts.
  • Secure third-party inspection and UL certification of ride control systems.
  • Ensure code compliance with local jurisdiction inspectors and officials.
  • Develop facility interface requirements in documents, drawings, and 3D models.
  • Analyze system performance to ensure requirements are satisfied.
  • Design, model, and analyze electrical, data communication, and dynamic systems.
  • Review Electrical (e.g. single line drawing) & Mechanical (e.g. pneumatic diagram) drawings.
  • Conduct reviews and quality checks to ensure requirements have been satisfied.
  • Conduct ride system factory testing and field-testing efforts.
  • Identify faults and solve to find root cause.

Required Skills:

  • 4 years of experience designing, engineering, installing, and commissioning control systems for electromechanical systems.
  • Experience with safety-related systems design, including defensive design techniques, defensive programming, and fail-safe control systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of control processors, components, and communication networks used in multi-processing real-time industrial and/or embedded applications
  • Experience in industrial control system installation, integration and commissioning
  • Experience in broad application of control system theory (closed-loop control, MIMO systems, positioning and navigation)
  • Experience with software development tools (Integrated Development Environment (IDE), compilers, linkers, debuggers, etc)
  • Experience with real-time control systems (competent at ensuring deterministic system)
  • Able to develop and read reading electrical schematics and single line diagrams.
  • Experience with engineering tools, including AutoCAD, Matlab, Simulink, Solidworks.
  • Ability to select appropriate equipment control devices based on requirements for performance, reliability, maintainability, and ease of use (motors, drives, sensors, effectors, servo, …)
  • Design, implement, and solving complex systems, closed loop motion control.
  • Knowledge of pneumatic controls and devices
  • Experience with Safety Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and HMIs
  • Electrical system solving skills (voltmeter, oscilloscope, etc.)
  • Familiarity with electrical design standards and codes, including UL508a, NEC, and ASTM F2291
  • Experience with contractor/vendor management and technical contract documents
  • Experience in planning, scheduling and budgeting control systems development.
  • Ability to travel and work both domestically and internationally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ride control and theme park engineering experience
  • Familiarity with Configuration Management / Version Control Tool Usage
  • Proficiency in software/system algorithm design and modeling methodologies such as Unified Modeling Language (UML) and System Modeling Language (SysML)
  • Understanding of communication technologies/protocols: TCP/IP, CAN, ProfiNET, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT
  • Experience with Software Case Tools and coding in C++
  • Experience with Allen Bradley ControlLogix or GuardLogix (RSLogix), Siemens SIMATIC Step 7 or Total Integrated Automation (TIA Portal), Rockwell, and Beckhoff.
  • Proficiency with Rockwell, Beckhoff, and Siemens automation systems architecture and components
  • Experience in wireless communications for control and monitoring electromechanical system.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a controls systems related engineering field from an accredited college or university.
  • Some coursework in the areas of Physics (Motion Equations / Dynamics), Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Control Theory.
  • Licensed professional engineer (State of Florida or other locale with means for Florida licensure through endorsement).

This position is located in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Additional Information

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



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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