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Alaska Airlines Reliability Engineer 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 Reliability Engineer I ensures compliance with Alaska Airlines and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements and is a key member and contributor to the success of the Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) division. As part of the Engineering department, this role works with a team of engineers and analysts to leverage data and analysis to continuously monitor the mechanical performance of the Boeing and Airbus fleets.

Scope & Complexity

  • Under limited supervision, the Reliability Engineer provides recommendations and supports decisions for a continuously improving, reliability-driven aircraft maintenance program. This role drives process improvement to support operational excellence performance goals, resulting in world class service for Alaskas customers.

Key Duties

  • Applies engineering principles in developing technical solutions to complex reliability issues that affects Alaska Airlines operational performance.

  • Develops the necessary engineering to maintain compliance with airworthiness directives, changes to Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service bulletins.

  • Coordinates with the responsible groups in the M&E Division to develop and implement program efficiencies and simplifications into daily processes, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Recommends effective and efficient improvements to Alaskas scheduled maintenance programs.

  • Provides engineering assistance consisting of technical data, processes, and procedures necessary to maintain continued airworthiness of the aircraft.

  • Monitors auditing function of aircraft reliability data to ensure accuracy and consistency of program inputs.

  • Coordinates and distributes routine reports to support the Reliability Analysis Program (RAP) and regulatory requirements, along with ad-hoc reports to support internal customer needs.

  • Supports existing departmental reporting and analysis tools (FileMaker Pro, Tableau, Hyperion Studio) and assists in the develops new and innovative solutions.

  • Stays abreast of aircraft technical developments that could affect the reliability of Alaskas aircraft, equipment and programs.

  • Interface with OEMs and industry peers to seek engineering solutions to fleet reliability issues.

  • Follows established work process policies and procedures defined in Safety Management System (SMS), Extended-Range Operations with Two-Engine Aircraft (ETOPS), General Procedures Manual (GPM), and Reliability Analysis Program (RAP) manuals.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Skills & Education


  • A minimum of 4 years of experience at an airline operator, aerospace company, or equivalent data-driven technical organization with at least 1 year of engineering experience. (Relevant engineering internship(s) or co-operative program experience will be considered.)

  • A Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in Engineering, Data Science, Aerospace, or Computer Science. (Extensive aircraft reliability experience in conjunction with a degree in another field may be considered)

  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to professionally lead meetings

  • Detail oriented and highly organized, with ability to prioritize, multitask, and work independently with limited guidance in a fast-paced environment.

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

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • Experience with modern data analysis and reporting tools (Tableau, Alteryx, Toad, Hyperion Studio)

  • SQL proficiency and/or familiarity with at least one modern programming language.

  • Lean, Six Sigma, or continuous improvement training and/or certification.

  • Strong command of Reliability Engineering and statistical analysis concepts.

  • Engineering knowledge of aircraft design (structures, systems, avionics, powerplant, interiors).

  • FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

This position can be located in either Seattle, WA or San Francisco, CA.


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 34721

Location Seattle, WA

FLSA Status Exempt

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular