Senior Controls Engineering

Universal Orlando Resorts   •  

Orlando, FL

Industry: Business Services


11 - 15 years

Posted 270 days ago

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Universal Orlando Resort® is a universe of opportunities for people who have a lot to offer. It takes a special kind of person to work at Universal Orlando. An individual who knows how to be part of a team. Someone with a sense of fun who’s serious about their work. A person who knows it doesn’t take magic to put a smile on a guest’s face… it takes hard work, dedication, knowledge and just the right amount of Universal attitude. Whether you’re serving food, working in an office, maintaining equipment, performing in costume or operating a ride, you won’t just be ‘doing a job.’ You’ll be creating memories for our guests that will last a lifetime. Are YOU that kind of person?

Controls Engineers: We are seeking qualified engineers to perform complex activities related to the continued design, development, implementation and acceptance tests of ride and show control systems as well as software systems modification projects for increased reliability and operational improvements. As a Ride & Show Engineer, you would be required to support downtime recovery efforts when necessary. Project work will require troubleshooting, fault analysis, build, test, and start-up integration of Ride and Show systems. All work shall be in conformance to ASTM F24 Committee guidelines and compliant with applicable codes, regulations and standards including: AISC, ASME, ASTM, ANSI, AWS, JIC, NEC, and OSHA, among others. Development of some projects will require basic management of outsourcing services, third party consulting, contracts, and scheduling of work, in conjunction with Manager, Controls

Essential Duties Include:

  • Modifies hardware and software of complex electrical and control systems to improve safety, reliability, throughput, cost of ownership, and operational readiness. Interacts with UO Ride/Show Maintenance Department for prioritizing project tasks and training incentives to improve ride reliability and operational readiness.
  • Produces scopes of work and manage progress from design through installation for assigned projects. Develops and oversees project schedules and budgetary demands, as needed. Monitors and interfaces with vendors/design-builders to resolve problems and design issues on assigned projects.
  • Acts as mentor for associate level sustaining controls engineers.
  • Coordinates assigned engineering activities between vendors, ride supervisors, ride managers and technicians. Provide project status of assigned task list items to the appropriate ride manager and engineering manager on a regular basis. Updates project status via Maximo on a regular basis.
  • Prepares and reviews equipment specifications and performs technical evaluation of vendor products/services. Oversee mock-up, prototype, installations, test and adjustments of show and ride systems to ensure compliance with contractual specifications.
  • Develops and conducts Acceptance Test Procedures on control systems.
  • Maintains configuration management of hardware and software documentation in accordance with Engineering’s guidelines for proper archiving and security.
  • Provides design and maintenance support for all attractions at Universal Orlando as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in ElectricalEngineering, Electronic EngineeringTechnology or Computer Engineering or related field is required.
  • Master’s degree from a four-year college or university in ElectricalEngineering, Electronic EngineeringTechnology or Computer Engineering or related field preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of ElectricalEngineering, control system design and installation utilizing PLC’s, ladder logic, variable frequency drives and servo control systems is required.
  • Field experience with technical theme park or process control fault analysis/isolation is required.


This role will require direct supervision of other Engineers, Designers, and Interns. This role will also include indirect supervision of Technicians.

Positions in Controls Engineering require:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and or move between 20 and 50 pounds
  • Strong analytical skills to perform engineering calculations
  • A strong background in servo controls as applied to hydraulic, pneumatic, and electromotive motion control systems
  • Knowledge of Rockwell Automation / Allen Bradley PLC systems
  • Experience in the generation of control system specifications, acceptance test procedures and failure and effects analysis

This role will require a valid Florida State Driver’s License