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Senior Ride Control Systems Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10078640 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Apr. 01, 2024

Job Summary:

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

The Senior Ride Control Systems Engineers will collaborate with the Ride Engineering Executive.

You Will:

  • 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 that deliver high reliability.
  • 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
  • Build 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 tackle to find root cause.
  • Collaborate with attraction operators and project team members to define and deliver maintainable and reliable systems.
  • Be responsible for supplier design, engineering, testing, installation, and commissioning efforts at supplier locations and at project construction sites.
  • Manage a team of ride control engineers, software engineers, and other specialists, to develop and implement ride control systems that delivers the creative intent and meets operational requirements.

You Will Have:

  • Minimum 10 years of shown experience with design, engineering, installation, and commissioning of control systems for electromechanical systems.
  • Experienced with safety-related system design, including defensive design techniques, defensive programming, and fail-safe control systems.
  • Experience with 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 (proficient at ensuring deterministic system)
  • Proficient in developing and reading electrical schematics and single line diagrams.
  • Proficient with engineering tools, including AutoCAD, Matlab, Simulink, Solidworks.
  • Proficient in choosing appropriate equipment control devices based on requirements for performance, reliability, maintainability, and ease of use (motors, drives, sensors, effectors, servo, …)
  • Proficient at crafting, implementing, and solving sophisticated systems, closed loop motion control.
  • Knowledge of pneumatic controls and devices
  • Experience with Safety Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and HMIs
  • Skilled in electrical solving skills (voltmeter, oscilloscope, etc.)
  • Electrical design standards and codes, including UL508a and NEC
  • Familiarity with amusement and automation industry standards, including ASTM F2291
  • Developing and reviewing electrical schematics, one-line diagrams, and technical documents
  • Experience with contractor/vendor management and technical contract documents
  • Develop implementation plans and budgets for ride control systems.
  • Experience in scheduling and estimating 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
  • Proficient 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.
  • 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

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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