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Sr. R&D Imagineer - Mechanical Design Engineer

Company: Walt Disney Imagineering
Location: San Gabriel
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Job Description:

Walt Disney Imagineering makes the impossible possible, by combining innovation and storytelling to bring Disney stories, characters and worlds to life. 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 Imagineering Research and Development, our mission is to use technology to build new experiences for our Guests and new tools for Imagineers and the Cast Members who power our parks. R&D is a team of engineers, designers, artists and scientists who share a passion for solving hard problems and building ground-breaking experiences. As a mechanical design engineer, you will create new ways to design, build and animate dynamic physical characters, immersive environments and interactive experiences. Responsibilities :

  • Develop mechanical designs that meet functional requirements.
  • Own all phases of the design and fabrication process - early concept design, prototyping, 3D modeling, detailed design, production drawings for manufacturing, assembly and testing
  • Lead internal design reviews and reviews with external vendors and fabricators
  • Interface with Disney fabricators or external machine shops to ensure that designs can be successfully produced
  • Test and iterate on proof-of-concept designs, evolving requirements and designs as the team learns
  • Contribute to the culture and community of the WDI R&D Studio Basic Qualifications :
    • 6+ years' experience as a mechanical design engineer
    • Strong mechanical design experience, ideally in robotics or mechatronics industry
    • Experience designing and building complex, electro-mechanical systems
    • CAD experience (preferably SolidWorks) mastery of parts/assemblies/drawings
    • Rapid prototyping experience, ability to fabricate your designs at a prototype level
    • Knowledge of manufacturing processes (plating, milling, turning, EDM, grinding)
    • Embraces flexibility and adaptability as the team learns through prototyping and playtesting, adjusting strategy as needed
    • Experience managing fabrication vendors
    • Ability to work collaboratively with other technical and creative disciplines
    • Ability to provide clear direction and feedback to other team members
    • Thinks strategically and creatively to solve challenges
    • Manages & prioritizes multiple assignments in a highly dynamic R&D environment
    • Demonstrates a desire to constantly improve and adapt to new technologies Preferred Qualifications :
      • Experience with actuator design, motor selection and sizing
      • Materials science and metallurgy experience
      • Experience designing and fabricating with flexible materials
      • Complex surface modeling capabilities
      • Experience with kinematic motion analysis
      • Structural FEA experience
      • Experience with tolerance stack-up analysis
      • Sheet metal and weldment design
      • CAD administration, configuration, standards and roll-out experience
      • Matlab, Simulink or Python experience
      • Industrial design experience, ability to pair aesthetic form with function Required Education :
        • BS (MS preferred) or equivalent in mechanical engineering Additional Information : Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at

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