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Animation Specialist Sr


“We create happiness.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!
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.
Perform Controls / Electronic Engineering activities related to attractions show and park/resort wide electronic systems Responsibilities

  • Supports the restoration and sustainment of animatronics figures, show action equipment, and show control systems under the guidance/direction of a staff or senior level Specialist.
  • Required to take all available WDI Animatronics training classes
  • Learn and Participate in the duties associated with Audio Animatronics Show Reviews
  • Learn and participate in the duties associated with the SQS Buy-Off process
  • Learn and Participate in performing Animation Condition Surveys
  • Learn and Participate in the Animation IFP Rehab Program
  • Promotion and champion of a safe work environment for Cast and Guest
  • Conduct Audio Animatronics Condition Surveys
  • Participate in the SQS Buy-off Process, ability to buy-off figures un-supervised
  • Assist with the Teaching of Audio Animatronics Training classes
  • Responsible for updating documentation as required
  • Conduct and lead field work for IFP Audio Animatronics Rehabs.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to WDI, Engineering Services and other performing divisions and park operators
  • Participates, as assigned and needed in Post Turnover Support (PTS) activities
  • Responsible for supporting Animators in the field as required
  • Required to work with interns and Associates and provide technical feedback as needed
  • Participates in the determination of detailed work plans and priorities
  • Provides an overall subject matter resource to projects, as needed.
  • Assists with the effort of developing conceptual technical designs for animation
  • Guides the initial and on-going project estimating and scheduling efforts for Animation restoration projects
  • Works with Art Directors to develop appropriate solutions to SQS issues
  • Advance knowledge of key partners and their engagement points
  • Investigates and resolves matters of significance on behalf of WDI and Partners
  • Responsible for supporting the continued development of the Animation Training Lab
  • Responsible for Teaching Audio-Animatronics Training classes un-supervised
  • Responsible for the Prioritization, execution, completion and reporting of Animation Condition Surveys
  • Provides detailed subject matter expertise as required for the technical design and production of animation projects.
  • Assists with developing, updating and customizing Audio-Animatronics training classes as needed
  • Provides technical oversight to outside vendors that are contracted to produce animation as needed
  • Provides overall QC guidance as needed
  • Provides input into the evaluation of Vendors capable of building and restoring Audio Animatronic Figures
  • Provides direct input into and review of company technical standards for the production and restoration of animation
  • Works with Central Shops and Engineering Services to Prioritize Cycle program figures
  • As needed, becomes the technical point of contact for specific vendors
  • Identifies issues and partners with others to develop mitigation plans towards long term resolution (i.e.; practices, process, guidelines, standards)
  • Compares alternatives solutions and determines the proper course of actions
  • Provides support to Attraction 101 downtimes as needed
  • Constructively evaluates the work product of both inside production organizations as well as outside vendors.
  • Responsible for working with Capitol projects to insure that SQS deliverables are intact and complete
  • Support the initial and on-going project estimating and scheduling for assigned IFP projects

Basic Qualifications

  • Ten years experience in robotics
  • As a discipline lead, position will direct the work activity of others
  • Leads the effort of developing conceptual technical designs for animation
  • Leads the initial and on-going project estimating and scheduling efforts
  • Leads project installation efforts
  • Inter-divisional responsibility with higher complexity
  • Influences and provides training and mentoring support for vendors and in-house resources as necessary to support current and future projects
  • Electro-mechanical assembly skills
  • Requires an ability to both manage a specifically focused set of projects with one vendor (individual figures or individual discipline support only), as well as portfolio level management within one vendor (overall responsibility for large projects as a project "generalist")

Required Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Prior Engineering Services experience preferred
  • Associates degree preferred or equivalent work experience in related field

Preferred Education

  • Working experience directly relating to the care and feeding of Audio Animatronics figures
  • Completion of all WDI Audio Animatronics Training Classes

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