Alaska Airlines Manager Engineering in Seattle, Washington


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Role Summary The Manager of Systems Engineering leads a group of engineers responsible for the analysis of fleet reliability issues and improvements for 737 Classic, 737 NextGen, and 737MAX aircraft systems including air conditioning, fire protection, flight controls, fuel, hydraulic power, ice and rain protection, landing gear, oxygen, pneumatics, and nitrogen generation systems. The engineering team provide answers and information to maintenance, flight operations, inflight, marketing and other Alaska departments. The team also provides direction for resolution of issues on systems for Alaska's B737 fleet.

Scope & Complexity

  • This leadership role manages avionics systems engineering activities for Alaska Airlines (AS).

Key Duties

  • Ensures the safety of the fleet by mandating specific maintenance actions, modifications, and procedures.

  • Analyze maintenance visits, in-service and industry data, and manufacturer recommendations to justify and implement changes to aircraft configurations and maintenance programs that optimize aircraft reliability, availability and CASM.

  • Partners with stakeholders, both inside and outside the division, to ensure optimal decisions and timely implementation and works toward solutions with an ownership cost-mentality.

  • Manages both internal staff and contracted services to deliver reliable products and services on time and at least total cost.

  • Actively pursues continuous improvement of engineering processes.

  • Supports the Safety Management System (SMS) within the M&E; organization using the SMS policies and procedures as outlined in the Alaska Air Group SMS manual.

  • Partners with reliability, line maintenance, and base maintenance to ensure on-time arrivals of our customers at their destination.

  • Drives the disposition of all OEM (Boeing, Honeywell, etc.) recommendations (SBs, SLs, etc.) for priority incorporation into the B737 fleet to help maintain our outstanding on-time performance and safety record.

  • Provides dynamic leadership to process all engineering control (EC) documents (engineering orders, engineering authorizations, fleet campaigns, etc.) to direct the incorporation of modifications, improvements, and disposition of line troubleshooting and shop requests.

  • Works hands-on to ensure exceptional quality of workmanship for configuration control and required maintenance actions, and on occasion creates the original document data to meet the special needs of our operation.

  • Reviews and approves build specifications and CMM supplements delineating the required maintenance to be accomplished at designated vendor shop overhaul facilities.

  • Review applicable federal aviation regulations (FARs) and airworthiness directives (ADs), and ensures prompt approval of resultant generated engineering documentation for 100% compliance.

  • Serves as the focal point for timely and effective investigations and analysis, including associated written responses or working presentations for all systems-related issues.

  • Leads cross-divisional teams to ensure authorized ECs are implemented efficiently and that AS maintains the highest levels of safety and compliance.

  • Provides Maintenance Control and Engineering Technical Services personnel with troubleshooting assistance for resolution of chronic aircraft avionics issues resulting in a prompt return to revenue service.

  • Participates and fully engages in technical conferences (e.g., team meetings and industry conferences) to ensure the most current engineering data is utilized in managing Alaska's B737 fleet.

  • Fosters a culture of engagement, holds self and others accountable through trust and authentic relationships.

  • Promotes a high performance culture by cultivating and motivating direct/indirect reports through coaching, mentoring, and by providing regular and meaningful feedback.

  • Identifies and provides career development opportunities through developmental assignments and formal/informal training.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Skills & Education Required

  • A minimum of 10 years of engineering experience (e.g., airline, shop, OEM, etc.) with detailed project and on-wing support knowledge.

  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in engineering (preference is electrical, mechanical, or aerospace), or a combination of other degrees, licenses or experience will be considered in lieu of engineering degree.

  • Engineering management or team leadership experience.

  • In-depth understanding of aircraft systems.

  • Knowledge of FAA regulations and oversight functions (for both aircraft and engine operating airworthiness certificates).

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

  • Capable of performing in a fast-paced environment while simultaneously meeting assigned project deadlines with a self-directed decision-making confidence.

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

  • Ability to interface and maintain effective relationships with division leaders, cross-functional departments, and employees in a team-oriented environment.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • 737 aircraft systems experience.

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

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 MM/DD/YYYY 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.

Job ID: 32875

Location: Seattle, WA

Regular/Temporary: Regular