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The Walt Disney Company

Sr Ride Control Software Engineer

Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Company is a world-class entertainment and technological leader. Walt’s passion was to continuously envision new ways to move audiences around the world—a passion that remains our touchstone in an enterprise that stretches from theme parks, resorts and a cruise line to sports, news, movies and a variety of other businesses. Uniting each endeavor is a commitment to creating and delivering unforgettable experiences — and we’re constantly looking for new ways to enhance these exciting experiences. Bring your individual talents here and discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

“It takes people to make the dream a reality.” Walt was on to something when he said that, and it continues to ring true today. No matter the stage in your career, being a part of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts means being a part of a team where you help bring innovation to life through unsurpassed products, services and most importantly remarkable experiences. As a Cast Member you are the steward and connection to our legacy and the backbone of our thriving innovations. Join our team and watch your dreams come true.

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 corps 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.


Define, analyze, and validate deterministic solutions for large scale, fail-safe motion control systems
  • System Definition
  • System Performance Analysis
  • Control System Architecture
  • Detailed Design Specifications
  • Understand / Review Electrical Layout (e.g. single line drawing) & Mechanical Drawings (e.g. pneumatic diagram)
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Test Strategies and Test Plans
Specify, design, and implement operator intensive, safety-critical control software using real-time operating systems
  • Theory of Operation
  • Software Design Document
  • Debug / Software Integration Test
Install, integrate, and test high capacity, man-rated control systems domestically and overseas
  • I/O Checkout
  • System Functions Testing
  • Fault Testing
  • Adjusting / Tuning
  • Acceptance Testing using Earned Value tracking

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 6 years of professional experience
  • Ability to Travel (project durations usually 1-2 years - sometimes assignment starts mid-project)
  • Software Development Tools (Integrated Development Environment (IDE), compilers, linkers, debuggers, etc) experience
  • Knowledge of C++
  • Strong Analytical Skills
  • Strong Initiative / Self-Motivated
  • Strong Verbal Communications
  • Strong Technical Writing Ability
  • Strong Team Skills – both able to lead and to follow
  • Real-Time Control Experience (competent at ensuring deterministic system)
  • Fail-Safe Control Experience (competent at creating safety timing analysis)
  • Multitasking Software Experience
  • Equipment Control Experience (motors, drives, sensors, effectors, servo, …)
  • Troubleshooting Skills Experience
  • Proven ability to Multitask
  • Ability to Innovate Demonstrated
  • Able to Handle Demanding, Stressful Assignments
  • Development and design are primarily in Glendale, CA, but installation, testing, and other support may require travel and/or relocation, up to approximately 20% of the time. Relocation for 1 year at a time is possible, to both domestic and international facilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ride Control and/or Theme Park Experience
  • Detailed Knowledge of similar Industry Standards
  • Rapid Development and/or Agile Development Techniques
  • DevOps and Software Automation Experience
  • Configuration Management / Version Control Tool Usage
  • Proficiency at Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  • Experience with System Modeling Language (SysML)
  • Experience with Software Case Tools
  • Proficiency at Visio, Excel, …, VBA
  • Proficiency at Matlab
  • Experience with Safety Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and HMIs
  • Allen Bradley ControlLogix or GuardLogix (RSLogix)
  • Control Theory

Required Education

  • Bachelors Degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Engineering from an accredited college or university

Preferred Education

  • Some Computer Science Coursework highly preferred
  • Control Systems Engineering and/or Control Theory a plus

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