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Principal Show Mechanical Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 913789BR Location Orlando, Florida, United States / Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Apr. 20, 2022 Flex Type On-Site

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of Disney’s Parks and Resorts business segment. Representing more than 150 disciplines, its talented teams of Imagineers are responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects.

Within the Show Systems studio is where we produce the magic. Our processes and tool sets take us from concept design or mock ups. To full on production, assembly and instillation. Principal Show mechanical engineers are responsible for delivering our world class Audio- Animatronic figures and show action equipment. Thru design, engineering, simulation, fabrication and installation. It is expected that this role lead process, projects teams, people, while also focused on budget and schedule. Thinking outside of the box and creative problem solving is a must. We’re looking for professionals who are thirsty for diverse experiences, who are eager to learn and who are confident they can uphold the Disney quality that our quests expect. If this sounds like you, please apply today!


  • Perform mechanical engineering design, analysis, and production support on show mechanical elements
  • Responsible for the complete design cycle of an Animated figure or show action element from mock up through design and production
  • Provide show system interface information to other groups within Imagineering
  • Author specifications and drive standards internal and external vendors
  • Provide installation support in the field (travel will be required at different times)
  • Author and perform test plans (QC,FAT, SAT)
  • Direct designers
  • Perform stress analysis and simulation
  • Manage vendors during production
  • Check design drawings
  • Provide manpower and scheduling input
  • Direct other engineers

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10 plus years with Disney engineering experience in robotic systems
  • Advanced simulation work in: vibration, skin systems, flexible bodies, FEA
  • Performs static and dynamic analysis
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Proficiency in Solidworks 2018 or up
  • Proficiency in MATLAB
  • Proficiency in Ansys engineering simulation software
  • Strong understanding of Disney’s animation pipeline and processes
  • Team building and good communication skills
  • Strong vendor relationship skills
  • Advanced Drafting Skills
  • Advanced CAD skills in surface modeling organic shapes
  • Advanced Knowledge about mechanical components and selections
  • Advanced Knowledge of manufacturing processes. machining, 3D printing, pouring, welding,
  • Machine Design Skills
  • Fundamental knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics systems
  • Project management skills- resource loading, scheduling, setting budgets.
  • Experienced with Design Management
  • Experienced managing outside consultants/vendors
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Function comfortably in a matrix organization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong familiarity with Revit applications
  • Strong familiarity with Navisworks applications
  • Strong familiarity with Maya and animation applications for robotics systems
  • FOS or sustaining and or Park operations experience
  • Previous work experience or projects with Imagineering or Walt Disney R&D teams
  • Active member of related professional and technical societies
  • Strong familiarity with motion capture and targeting playback applications

Required Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited engineering school
  • An advanced degree in the mechanical engineering field is desirable

Preferred Education

  • Masters in engineering management or systems engineering

This role is considered on-site, which means the employee will work from a Company designated location on an ongoing basis.

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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