Industrial Designer at
Walt Disney Imagineering

The Opportunity

Job Summary:

“We Change Lives.” Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects. Disney Imagineers are uniquely talented individuals that bring together the best aspects of creativity, innovation, and passion.

At Ride Engineering, it is our responsibility to move people through our stories in magical ways that bring these experiences to life! Ride Engineers bring optimism and solutions to design challenges that often seem impossible, and partner with diverse creative talent to define and build one-of-a-kind experiences that bring fun and joy to millions of people all around the world.

What we’re looking for…

Ride Industrial Designers translate creative and technical requirements into functional solutions that deliver form, fit, and function to our guests and key stakeholders. They work as part of a ride project team, and collaborate closely with both Creative and Engineering Leads to ensure creative intent and user comfort/safety is delivered in final engineered equipment. This involves scope for most of the ride components our guests see and touch, and requires a combination of applied art and applied science to deliver the unique and competitive look, ergonomics, and quality of a Disney experience.


You will…

  • Creatively apply ID principals to assist in the design of a wide variety of innovative ride platforms, components, & related equipment for one of a kind life safety systems
  • Translate creative intent into engineering requirements and vice-versa
  • Conceive and implement elegant solutions to complex design challenges and stakeholder requirements
  • Implement proof of concept prototype & mockups: design/fabricate/test
  • Aide in defining and prescribing materials and processes for both prototypical design and production manufacturing
  • Produce high quality imagery, models, and solutions for production-based designs
  • Assist with installation, field support, testing, and standards development
  • Explore and evaluate new and emerging technologies for practical use

Basic Qualifications:

What you bring to the role…

  • 2 to 6 years relevant experience
  • Relevant design expertise (eg. machine/mechanism/product/vehicle design, kinematics, materials)
  • Ergonomic and human factors knowledge and experience
  • Strong ID sketching and rendering abilities (analog and digital)
  • 3D modeling and animation capabilities (StudioTools, Solidworks, Modo, Rhino, Maya, etc)
  • Knowledge of production/manufacturing processes, material properties, and applications
  • Superior design sensibilities and creative problem solving
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts with non-technical audience
  • Work collaboratively within a large and diverse team environment
  • Highly dependable, strong work ethic, with excellent time management skills
  • Comfortable working in a creative/chaotic environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with life safety design/requirements
  • Experience with prototype, development and/or innovative products
  • Hands on experience with equipment assembly, fabrication, sculpting and installation
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills
  • Proactive/self-sufficient/able to work and add value with minimal oversight

Required Education

Degree in industrial design, engineering, fine arts, theater, animation, architecture, or environmental design

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 segment 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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