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Alaska Airlines Director Fleet Engineering in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

The Team

Guided by our purpose, core values, and leadership principles, we are creating an airline people love. Our corporate teams set the strategies and operational plans to ensure the success of our company. Whether we use our expertise in accounting, human resources, finance, planning, legal, marketing, or any of our operational divisions, our shared passion for travel and our guests is what motivates us to achieve excellence each day. If you share our passion for creating an airline people love, we want to hear from you.

Role Summary

The Director Fleet Engineering sets the long-term strategy and oversees the performance of the Fleet Engineering group at Alaska. As a people leader, this role establishes strategic goals and direction for a team of leaders to support Alaska’s fleet.

Key Duties

  • Provides technical authority to modify aircraft configurations, maintenance programs, and associated Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICAs).

  • Directs and ensures safe, compliant aircraft and reliable operations while maintaining competitive costs.

  • Ensures all regulatory required actions are implemented to ensure compliance.

  • Serves as an advisory member on the Reliability Control Board and as a member of the Reliability Working Group.

  • Maintain compliance with SMS and Company safety policies and procedures as well as Federal Regulations by reporting any safety hazard or potential hazards.

  • Monitors and analyzes daily operations and drives reviews, analysis, and incorporation of service documents (SB, SL, etc.) to provide tangible operational or cost benefits.

  • Manages and improves cost of engineering operations to provide desired results at optimal cost.

  • Partners with Maintenance, Flight Operations, Inflight, equipment manufacturers, and other stakeholders to facilitate beneficial process and procedure changes.

  • Communicates and partners with internal customers to identify and drive cost savings and operational improvement opportunities.

  • Manages teams of avionics, structures, interiors, powerplant, systems engineers, and other technical staff to ensure the achievement of quality, timeliness, and effectiveness to support aircraft configuration and maintenance requirements (e.g., reliability, publications, planning, etc.)..

  • Is responsible for quality and implementation of relevant General Procedures Manual (GPM) processes and procedures.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


Where permitted by applicable law, candidates must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered, if not currently employed by Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.


  • 8 years of experience in airline engineering (relevant discipline/function).

  • 5 years of leadership experience, with at least 2 of those years directly leading people.

  • Bachelor’s degree (optional: with a focus in engineering), or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • Strong working knowledge of aircraft systems and Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) relating to engineering and maintenance activities.

  • Experience with all relevant regulatory requirements and industry practices.

  • Expertise in airline technical operations and conversant in each of the technical disciplines: avionics, structures, interiors, powerplant, and systems.

  • Excellent communication skills: verbal (both informal working teams and formal executive presentations), and in clear/concise written documents.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company with others in the organization and key external business partners.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


  • 5 years of technical leadership experience at a manager-level or above.

  • Lean, Six Sigma, or continuous improvement training and certifications.

  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Outlook.)

  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a technical operations and knowledge of line, base, and component maintenance practices.

  • A Master of Science degree in engineering or aMaster of Business Administration degree.

  • Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Certificate

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

  • Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.

  • Exceptional integrity, with impeccable ethics in safety and compliance.

  • Innovative, apolitical, resilient, fact-based and creative solutions-focused mindset, with ability to thrive in a rapidly-changing, collaborative environment and to manage conflict.

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly scope situations, develop an accurate understanding of risks, and develop plans responsive to those risks.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Where permitted by applicable law, new hires must have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.

Total Rewards

  • Competitive total rewards package

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • 401k match program

  • Monthly incentive pay plan

  • Annual incentive pay

  • Generous paid time off

  • Unlimited high priority space available travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Apply by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on 10/11/2021
Location Seattle
Equal Employment Opportunity Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information (including family medical history) or other legally protected characteristics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will also be considered for employment, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law.
People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
We are an E-Verify ® employer, where required by law.
L: #LI-CB1 Note: any salary range estimates not listed under Starting Rate in the job posting are provided solely by LinkedIn and are not official and have not been verified by Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air.
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2021-6020
Category Corporate & Operations