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Alaska Airlines Maintenance Operations Manager in Seattle, Washington


We're creating an airline people love. It begins with each Alaska Airlines employee, bringing unique strengths and energy to our work in the air and on the ground. Every day, we go beyond what's expected and reach for the remarkable, together.


Role Summary

The Maintenance Operations Manager provides leadership and guidance for the maintenance department to ensure Alaska Airlines' established objectives for safety, service excellence, operational performance, and financial management are met. This role liaises with the Director, System Operations (DSO) and provides current and continuing reports of the general mechanical status of the entire fleet and coordinates maintenance requirements during irregular operations to minimize extra costs and disruptions.

Scope & Complexity

This leadership role manages maintenance operations for Alaska Airlines (AS).

Key Duties

  • Provides the leadership and guidance for the Maintenance Department to ensure that the established objectives of the company for safety, service excellence, operational performance and financial management are met.

  • Directly supervises Maintenance Controllers including the authority to authorize overtime, establish assignments, employ and terminate personnel, and create or modify Maintenance Control office policies.

  • Maintains continuous liaison with the System Operations Control (SOC) staff, providing current and continuing reports of the general mechanical status of the entire fleet and communicates specific routing requirements for unscheduled or scheduled maintenance.

  • Authorizes funds for charters and hotel accommodations for field trips and develops and coordinates all off line charter company contracts and activities.

  • Arranges for the proper supervision of personnel and ground support equipment in the event of an engine change or major aircraft repair at a supervised or unsupervised line station.

  • Manages and monitors progress of all field trips for aircraft out of service at any non-staffed AS maintenance station including collaboration with Maintenance Control, Technical Services and Line Planning personnel as required to support maintenance activities.

  • Monitors all MEL and CDL and other restrictive maintenance items that can impact operations.

  • Requests assistance from and directs any AS resources as needed to return company aircraft to service safely and in a timely manner.

  • Manages work shifts, vacation, and recurrent training to ensure adequate coverage as required.

  • Implements assistance as needed to cover irregular maintenance problems at non-maintenance stations.

  • Partners with Stores on arrangements for the transportation of parts needed at down-line stations.

  • Ensures that Special Flight Permit Flights are coordinated with all concerned departments and conducted per ASA and CFRs.

Job-Specific Skills, Experience & Education


  • A minimum of 6 years of maintenance operations experience.

  • A minimum of 3 years of commercial airline supervisory or management experience.

  • A mechanic certificate with airframe and Powerplant ratings for at least 7 years, and meets the recent experience requirements of 14 CFR 65.83 (i.e., 6 months of experience in the last 24).

  • Thorough working knowledge of aviation safety standards and safe operating practices, Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs), and all appropriate maintenance and airworthiness requirements of 14 CFR.

  • Demonstrated leadership and organization skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with maintenance personnel and regulatory officials.

  • Professional work ethic with excellent interpersonal and communication (e.g., verbal, written, and listening) skills.

  • Detailed oriented and highly organized, with ability to multi-task and work independently with limited guidance in a fast-paced environment.

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

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • In-depth understanding of AS operations specifications or equivalent with other air carrier.

  • Knowledge of General Procedures Manual (GPM) and other AS manuals.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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


Submit your application by 11/28/2019 11:59pm (Pacific Time). We'll be happy to see it.


Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.

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Job ID 35350

Location Seattle, WA

FLSA Status Exempt

Full/Part Time

Regular/Temporary Regular