CS Careers Imagineering
We are excited to bring you a new blog series every month that showcases careers in computer science and S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) fields. There is a lot of talk about the need for more people to fill these types of roles, but what roles are out there? Surprisingly TONS and we hope to share many of those with you.
To kick off the series, we will showcase one of the more “star-studded” careers that’s been using computer science to bring to life our favorite characters, movies, and imagination since 1952. The job is that of an ©Imagineer; the design and development arm of ©The Walt Disney Company (WED Enterprise), responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, and other related venues worldwide. [i]
The name Imagineer comes from the combination of the words Imagination and Engineering. Storytelling, art, and design combined with technology and engineering bring the magic to life in each of their theme parks!
The type of skills an Imagineer needs varies depending on the job, because it takes many different talented people to bring the creativity to Disney. However, many of the jobs require computer science and S.T.E.A.M. skills. Some of those skills include:
- Software Engineering (C++ Knowledge!)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Architectural Design
- Audio/Visual Engineering
- Lighting Design
The most important skill needed though is imagination! In an interview, Imagineer and Disney Legend, Bob Gurr talked about what he thought were some of the important characteristic of those looking to become an Imagineer. “There’s a big distinction between wanting to be an Imagineer and actually doing Imagineering work. The most important characteristic is to be permanently curious about everything, especially about stuff you don’t know, and stuff that does not seem relevant at the time. Walt Disney had this habit big time. If you are curiosity driven, you will absorb an untold wealth of information on the widest possible range of subjects…. The next big characteristic is fearless creativity. No idea is too stupid to articulate. No fear to show others a dumb idea. Maybe it will lead to something practical.” [ii]
The Imagineers have always been at the forefront of technology and entertainment. In 1963, Walt Disney was interviewed by the CBC sharing their brand new animatronic technology, which we all know and love today. Check it out here …
Because of the amount of innovation brought to the job, Walt Disney Imagineering has been granted over 115 patents in areas such as ride systems, special effects, interactive technology, live entertainment, fiber optics, and advanced audio systems. They use this innovative thinking to continuously improve the parks interaction with the guest. Check out this video of them figuring out how their humanoid robots could interact without any physical contact.
To find out more about some of the career opportunities currently open with Walt Disney Imagineering, visit their site here.
Work Cited: [i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_Imagineering
- Walt and his robot friend Garco. ©Disney. http://www.waltdisney.org/
Posted on February 02, 2016 in Announcements by Cara Friez-LeWinter : 0 Comments