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New nighttime show at Universal Orlando will include Drones - Resort seeks Drone Operations Manager

Recently there has been much speculation about the new nighttime show that Universal Orlando Resort is planning for the lagoon at Universal Studios Florida, and what it will include.

Ever since Universal dropped Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration at Universal Studios Florida last month to make way for the new nighttime spectacular, many have said that the new show will include drones.

This has been backed up with sightings of multiple drones being tested late at night after the park closes to the public.

In the testing above Universal Studios Florida, drones with multi-coloured LED lighting have been used to create very large multiple shapes including fish, triangles, squares, and human figures.

Now further proof that drones will be included in the show is the fact that Universal Orlando is now hiring a full-time Associate Project Manager for drone operations.

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You can read the full job description here, and click through to Universal's website to apply!

Associate Project Manager – Drone Operations, Tech Services


Organizes and establishes effective project management for drone usage across Technical Services and cross-departmentally when required. Manage the implementation of new flight routes with professional communication with Technicians, Supervisors, Managers, and Directors of various areas around property. Collaborate with other departments and UPR parks for their implementation of drone flights and programs. Train and review other pilot performance, research new drone technology, and make recommendations to best serve the business. Keep and organize documentation in accordance with FAA, Technical Services, Legal, EHS, Security, and Creative standards.


  • Works closely with all affected teams, business partners, and vendors to plan, organize, secure, and manage resources for new drone project efforts. Submit appropriate applications in legal and engineering compliance.

  • Responsible for the management of the project including work statements, work breakdown structures, developing and tracking budget and scheduling, tracking individual project tasks, providing risk analysis, tracking and resolving issues and action items.

  • Document and record all applicable data for each flight mission. Update information regarding new FAA regulations and UPR standards. Utilize CMMS and Cloud services for organizing and sharing reports and data back to customers. Maintain documentation in accordance with recommendations from Comcast Audit teams and review and verify drone usage in other departments follow the same process.

  • Review and verify training of Pilot in Command (PIC) for drone flights and applicable technology utilized.

  • Maintain FAA Part 107 drone license and up to date on latest FAA guidelines and communicating new policies to team.

  • Understands and actively participates in Environmental, Health & Safety responsibilities by following established UO policy, procedures, training and team member involvement activities.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school degree or GED required

  • Associate’s degree (AA) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school is preferred or equivalent industry experience.


  • 7+ years of experience in the aviation industry or flying aerial equipment preferred.

  • Experience in troubleshooting and repair of complex electro-mechanical systems, as well as hydraulic and mechanical system in the theme park industry or aviation industry.

  • Experience with predictive technology preferred, as well as experience motivating and training others

  • or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • FAA Part 107 license

  • NAARSO Level 1

  • Vibration Analysis Level 1

  • Ultrasound Level 1

  • Infrared Thermography Level 1

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Due to the responsibilities of this position, the role will primarily take place on 3rd shift, with frequent shifting of times to accommodate training, flight schedules, and meetings with leadership. Flexibility is a key part of this role and will also require some on-call time.

Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

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