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Ride Controls Systems Engineer

Job ID 10064691 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Jun. 20, 2024
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Job Summary:

“We make the magic!”  That’s our motto at Walt Disney Imagineering, the arm of The Walt Disney Company that creates key content for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products all around the world.

Ride Control Systems Engineers work within Imagineering’s Ride Studio in a highly collaborative environment on diverse teams.  Engineering activities cover all aspects of ride control system design and implementation, from concept to commissioning, for a wide variety of innovative ride platforms.

These are Full-Time roles.


Manage entire scope to conceive, design, & deliver control systems for a wide variety of complex and innovative ride systems and related equipment.

Conduct systems engineering for ride control systems.

  • Define system use cases and user needs.

  • Develop and capture requirements and functional specifications in documents, drawings, and models.

  • Ensure compliance with control system safety standards.

Perform engineering design and analysis for ride control systems.

  • Develop control strategies and algorithms.

  • Research new products, technologies, and methodologies.

  • Design, model, and analyze control systems, data communication, and dynamic systems.

Collaborate with other design and engineering professionals to implement ride control systems.

  • Develop implementation plans and budgets.

  • Develop and implement mock-ups and prototypes for proof-of concept efforts.

  • Develop test requirements and documents, and lead testing efforts.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Experienced in fail-safe and safety-related control system design

  • Extensive knowledge of control processors, components, and communication networks

  • Highly proficient in industrial control system installation, integration, and commissioning

  • Solid understanding of communication protocols: TCP/IP, CAN, serial, ProfiNET, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT

  • Experience with requirements management, test plans/procedures, and test execution

  • Demonstrated practice in functional safety standards, including IEC 61508, IEC 62061, ISO 13849

  • Familiarity with amusement and automation industry standards, including ASTM F2291

  • Solid skills in technical document writing

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally for 1-week to 3-year durations

  • Ability to handle multiple complex efforts simultaneously, coordinate team efforts, and manage tasks and priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient with engineering design tools, including AutoCAD, Matlab, Simulink, Solidworks

  • Proficient in Rockwell and Siemens automation systems architecture and components

  • Expertise in motor and motion control methods and components

  • Knowledge of pneumatic controls and devices

  • Experience in broad application of control system theory (closed-loop control, MIMO systems, positioning and navigation)

  • Knowledge of international amusement industry standards applicable in France, Hong Kong, or China


Bachelor of Science Degree in an engineering field from an accredited university

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This posting is a talent pool for upcoming roles within Walt Disney Imagineering - Ride Engineering. We will be considering talent from within this pool to fill multiple levels (e.g. Staff, Senior and Principal). 


This posting is seeking candidates to fill multiple roles in Glendale. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered. The collective hiring range/pay rate for Ride Controls Systems Engineer, Senior Ride Controls Systems Engineer, and Principal Ride Control Systems Engineer is $108,000 to $200,000 per year.

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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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney champions a business environment where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a constantly evolving world.


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