Full Time Job

Production Engineer


Vancouver, BC 01-09-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description


Position at Industrial Light & Magic

The Production Engineer II in Platform is responsible for developing and maintaining elements of the VFX production pipeline, and ensuring it is running smoothly and efficiently. The Production Engineer II will be active in both development projects and artist support. You will work with an excited team of engineers to realize software and workflows surrounding our review processes and production tracking mechanisms.

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities
• Work on development projects as assigned by local management in coordination with the central project management team
• Responsible for the development of workflow and tools, under the guidance of a project lead
• Creates new tools and workflows
• Suggests methods and procedures on new assignments
• May have singular responsibility for a project
• Advises/assists other engineers with maintenance and bug fixing of existing tools
• Serves as knowledge resource for workflow and tools used in production at ILM
• Updates and features additions to existing tools
• Provide support to local productions to keep the pipeline running smoothly
• Troubleshoot pipeline issues
• Install and configure software
• Assist with show work area creation and configuration
• Configure the pipeline to meet shows’ needs
• Develop per-show tool customizations as determined by show supervisors
• Provide training and assistance to artists on toolsets and workflows
• Participates in discussions surrounding future workflow and tool development
• Collaborates with artists and productions to develop efficient workflows and supporting tools
• Participate in the activities of the globally distributed production engineering team, including:
• development and support activities
• regular status and planning meetings as time zones permit
• adhere to development best practices and standards defined by Production Engineering Supervisor

Job Requirements

Education / Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science or Graphics discipline, or equivalent professional experience
• 4-8 years of experience in the visual effects or computer animation industries

Required Skills / Competencies
• A positive, “can-do” attitude with balance: must not be afraid to ask for help when getting outside experience base or comfort zone
• A clear and concise communicator: ability to keep end users informed of progress and managers informed of requests
• An effective listener: able to engage with and understand artists to discover what their requirements are
• An effective time manager: must be able to prioritize a multitude of requests and not be afraid to ask for help if the path isn’t clear
• Passionate about delivering rigorous follow-through on assigned tasks
• An agile, flexible and quick thinker: this is an energetic, dynamic environment requiring an ability to adapt to rapidly changing requirements
• A creative thinker and innovator: able to devise and employ ingenious solutions to difficult problems

Technical Skills
• Expert knowledge of python programming and the Linux environment
• Experience working with revision control systems and defined coding standards
• Experience developing tools and/or plugins within industry software packages such as Shotgun, Nuke, RV

Preferred Skills / Competencies
• Experience with REST API development in python (i.e: django, flask, tornado, etc.)
• Experience with SQL databases (i.e: mariadb, mysql, postgres, oracle, etc.)
• Experience with message queue systems (i.e: rabbitmq, kafka, google cloud pub/sub, etc.)
• Experience with Docker, systemd, Ansible
• Experience with React Web UI development
• Experience testing your application! Unit, integration, and load tests

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d8vvzq-3-87-33-97-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Lucasfilm is among the world’s leading entertainment service companies, a pioneer in visual effects and sound across multiple mediums, and is home to the legendary Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.