Steel Wool Studios

Technical Animator

Steel Wool Studios

Remote, Work from Anywhere Las Vegas, Nevada

March 25, 2022

Title: Technical Animator

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Classifications: Remote Full-Time

Overview:

Steel Wool Studios is looking for a technical animator to help breathe life into our games! The ideal candidate will have prior Unreal Engine experience, being able to develop and maintain animation systems, rigging, pipelines and processes used by the animation team.

As a team member for our studio, you would have the opportunity to work on a diverse set of projects. This is a remote position, but you will work closely with the team and your experience will be valued. You will work in an environment where transparency and growth are encouraged.

As a Technical Animator at Steel Wool, you would…



  • Develop, test and maintain complex animation systems in conjunction with animators, gameplay programmers, and other team members as required.

  • Provide technical support on the animation tools and Unreal Engine systems

  • Assist in the design, integration, and validation of animation assets.

  • Create and maintain state machines and other relevant systems utilizing animation blueprints in Unreal Engine.

  • Develop technical animation pipelines and tools to deliver cutting edge animations

  • Creating tools and setups within Maya to assist artists

  • Define how elements within projects will interact, build, transition, and function from the concept stage, to final implementation

  • Creatively and proactively solve resource-restricted tech challenges (ie exporters)


Looking for someone who has…



  • 3+ years of experience as a technical animator, in the gaming industry

  • In-depth knowledge of Maya’s animation toolset and the Unreal Engine animation pipeline.

  • Experience creating animation tools within Maya, using Mel/Python scripting.

  • Self-driven with the ability to work independently for extended periods

  • Strong understanding of character and set animation pipelines

  • Proficiency in rigging and skinning

  • Comes with other skill sets, such as shading.


Pluses



  • An avid gamer with a passion for creating great games

  • Proficient in C++

  • Unity Engine Experience

  • Experience working alongside outsourced teams

  • Experience working with Virtual Reality platforms such as Oculus, HTC, and PSVR

  • Have worked in both AAA and Indie environments.

About Steel Wool



With veterans from Pixar, WB Games, HTC, Intel, and Telltale Games, our mission at Steel Wool studios is to create stunning, engaging games that capture the imagination of our audiences. Leveraging expertise in PC, console and VR development our studio creates industry leading, family friendly horror games like Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, Help Wanted, Curse of the Dread Bear and more! Steel Wool is highly focused on providing a healthy studio culture. We’re a people first organization, dedicated to the satisfaction and well being of our staff.

We are offering a starting salary of $70,000 – $100,000 USD depending on experience and subject to market rate.

Steel Wool is an equal opportunity employer committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.



Benefits as Steel Wool include:


  • Company bonus program

  • Flexible time off policy

  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance with employer contribution

  • Optional HSA/FSA/DCFSA

  • Automatic employer-provided disability insurance

  • 401(k) retirement plan with partial employer matching after 1 year of employment

  • Permanent remote work – Work from anywhere you want as long as you can collaborate effectively with your team!