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Sr Systems Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10028227 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Mar. 09, 2023

Job Summary:

The Senior Systems Engineer reports to the Team Lead - Systems Engineer and contributes to every stage of the Disney attraction life cycle, from Blue Sky to Sustainment. As a Senior Systems Engineer on the Modeling, Simulation, and Training Tools (MST) team, you will build software tools that are used to provide detailed engineering simulation and analysis services internationally for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Park Operations Line of Business, Transportation, Engineering Services, Entertainment, and other Global Engineering & Technology (GE&T) partners.

These services include systems-level simulations of our rides and attraction; Software-In-the-Loop (SIL) or Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) software design/testing platforms; multi-agent simulations; training simulations; large-scale transportation simulations; statistical analyses; dynamic robotic electro-mechanical and controls system simulations; finite element analyses; rigid or flexible multi-body dynamic simulations; and development of signal processing and optimization algorithms.

As a Senior Systems Engineer, you will be a designer, developer, and user of our suite of in-house engineering tools. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, in a hybrid work environment.

You Will:

On any given day, as Sr. Systems Engineer, you might:

  • Lead and assist in the development of desktop applications and software application programming interface (APIs) for use by internal engineering and creative partners.
  • Partner with Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) Creative, WDI Ride, Industrial Engineering, and MST to identify requirements and use cases for attraction simulation development.
  • Write proposals that include job assignments, scopes of work, validation plans, and procedures.
  • Run budget and schedule for software development projects.
  • Write unit tests and regression test documentation for software.
  • Write detailed documentation for software, both for developers and users.
  • Assist users with troubleshooting and resolving bugs in deployed software.
  • Provide computer hardware and software expertise to the multi-disciplinary team to influence purchasing decisions and system designs.
  • Develop and review detailed mechanical and system-level simulations using various simulation software and software development environments.
  • Visit under-construction and operating attractions to understand their operating principles and take measurements.

You Will Have:

Here's what you need to be successful at this job:

  • 5+ years of experience with design, implementation, and testing of Windows desktop applications using C, C++, and/or C#.
  • Validated ability to lead a highly technical project team in the development of software applications, including architecting solutions, mentoring new team members, and project management.
  • Excellent communication and social skills for directly contacting partners, internal customers, and users.
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and languages, and apply them to solve engineering problems.
  • Experience with writing unit tests and regression test documentation for software.
  • Proven track record to troubleshoot and assess software errors to develop and implement solutions.
  • Practice using engineering software and software development environments (e.g., Visual Studio).
  • Proficiency in Agile software development practices, including Scrum, sprint planning, retrospectives, etc.
  • An understanding of source control tools such as Git, and continuous integration tools such as GitLab CI or similar.
  • Familiar physics and mathematics academic background, including differential equations and physical model derivation.

Preferred Qualifications:

It would be great if you are familiar with any of the following:

  • Engineering within the entertainment industry, Ride and Show Control Systems, Programming and troubleshooting PLC hardware.
  • Proficiency in object-oriented design principles.
  • Systems Engineering concepts, tools, and processes (SysML, IDEF0).
  • Third-party analysis software such as MathWorks: Matlab, Simulink, Stateflow, and Simscape Multibody; MathCad; SolidWorks; and ANSYS.
  • Scripting languages including PowerShell and Python.
  • Development using game engines such as Unity3D or Unreal.
  • Web application development.
  • Experience with SQL databases.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, or equivalent from ABET certified curriculum.
  • Post-graduate engineering degree is preferred.

Additional Information:

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

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About Disney Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

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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