NCSoft is looking for a Tools Engineer to join our R&D team, with emphasis on animation support features.  Our R&D team provides technical solutions for multiple projects within our company, as well as for our exciting new unannounced IP.  At our Aliso Viejo, CA office, you will be working with a small group of people to prototype the character animation technologies to be implemented in the Unreal Engine.

Responsibilities

  • Develop runtime animation systems
  • Work with Animation and Technical Art teams to develop tools and interfaces for tuning asset attributes, such as for: humans, creatures, and mechanical
  • Provide implementation support
  • Self-motivated to research and develop Animation Systems to push the technology forward
  • Build tools to increase compatibility between Maya and MotionBuilder, and successfully implement animation assets into Unreal.

Requirements

  • Video game production experience
  • Knowledge of character animation technologies (Blend Trees, State Machine, real-time IK)
  • Strong C++ programming skills, object-oriented design skills, and 3D math background
  • Good communication skills and ability to clearly share complex technical information with artists and designers
  • Ability to comprehend artists and their needs regarding tools, and to translate those into actionable technical specifications
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Ability and willingness to participate in company presentations and travel internationally
  • Able to quickly adapt to the ever-changing daily needs that is the nature of an R&D team
  • Portfolio/work examples demonstrating your programming abilities
  • Always striving for excellence in software engineering
  • Ability to self-manage and work independently from start to finish, as well as work within a collaborative team environment

Pluses

  • Knowledge of animation-related Unreal Engine Tools (Animation Blueprints, Blend Spaces, Locomotion Systems)
  • Knowledge of Python
  • Experience with Maya, MotionBuilder, or similar 3D authoring packages
  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about new technologies
  • Passionate about video games and making them

 

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