Alaska Airlines MD Engineering in Seattle, Washington

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 31950

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Title: MD Engineering


Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering


Alaska Airlines is one of the most respected names in aviation and flies throughout its namesake state and the Lower 48, as well as to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Our roots date to 1932 and are symbolized by the Alaska Native painted on the tails of our aircraft. Guided by what we call the "Alaska Spirit", we pride ourselves on providing a lifeline to remote communities while delivering renowned service to everyone we fly. This commitment has brought us national and international recognition. We've been honored with a variety of awards by readers of Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and others. Alaska, with Virgin America, is the premier airline for people on the West Coast, and together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, flies to more than 115 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion.


Role Summary The Managing Director, Engineering ensures Alaska Airlines is in technical compliance with all regulatory requirements to assure safe and compliant operations. This leader oversees and drives improvement and overall reliability of the fleet and optimizes technical performance. This role oversees the Directors of Fleet Engineering, Engineering Programs, Engineering Standards, Powerplant Engineering, and the Manager of Aircraft Acquisitions and their respective departments and staff.

Scope & Complexity

  • Reporting to the Vice President, Maintenance & Engineering, this highly visible, senior leadership position directs multiple engineering disciplines and ensures technical compliance with all regulatory requirements to assure safe and compliant operations.

  • This position meets the requirements listed in CFR 119.65 (d) to exercise control over operations.

Key Duties

  • Directs the day-to-day operations of the Engineering department per policies and procedures established by the Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering (M&E;).

  • Develops goals and metrics to measure operational performance and to uncover actionable insights.

  • Partners with peers in Maintenance, Stores, Quality, and Planning to ensure Engineering provides safe, compliant, and efficient products and services.

  • Maintains a high level of employee communication among the Engineering workforce.

  • Provides leadership and direction to ensure high performance standards/culture are maintained in the areas of safety, compliance, costs, and quality.

  • Partners with Engineering directors and managers to identify and overcome obstacles to meet or exceed established goals.

  • Ensures that safety and compliance is the number one priority in every action or decision considered.

  • Plans fleet technical programs consistent with corporate objectives and regulatory requirements and coordinates with line maintenance on the implementation of such programs in the field.

  • Partners with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to secure optimum operating and technical performance from the fleet.

  • Ensures strict and timely compliance with all engineering CFRs, regulatory requirements, and company standards.

  • Partners with stakeholders both inside and outside of the division to ensure optimal decisions and timely implementation.

  • Represents the airline on technical issues and influences the industry to ensure Alaska Air Group's (AAG's) interests are integrated in new policy.

  • Ensures all engineering actions, manuals, and programs drive safe, reliable aircraft for the least total cost.

  • Sponsors business process improvements to continuously enhance division and company competitiveness.

  • Partners within and across divisions with key contacts (e.g., M&E;, Flight Operations, Finance, etc.).

  • Coordinates FAA liaison activities with the Vice President of M&E.;

  • Serves as member of the Continuous Analysis and Surveillance Review Board (CASRB) and the Executive Corrosion Review Board (ECRB).

Job-Specific Skills & Education Required

  • A minimum of 12 years of experience in an airline engineering organization.

  • A minimum of 6 years of experience in similar role at the manager level or above, with at least 3 of those years in airline engineering.

  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in an engineering field such as aerospace, mechanical, electrical, or a related discipline.

  • Extensive knowledge of both airline engineering and aircraft maintenance practices.

  • Extensive knowledge of FAA regulations and practices, with the ability to build positive working relationships with regulators and industry policymakers.

  • Able to manage organizations at a high level to achieve expected results.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence change and initiate actions that have strategic impact and drive a high performance culture.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of continuous improvement techniques.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • Continuous improvement, Lean, or Six Sigma certification.

  • A Master of Business Administration degree.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

  • Strong communication (e.g., verbal, written, presentation) and 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 with key external business partners.

  • Sound, strategic thinker with a track record of demonstrating good judgement, strong business acumen, and executing plans with a sense of urgency and a mind for safety.


The location for this position is in Seattle, Washington


For eligible employees, our company offers a unique total rewards package that few companies can match, including insurance coverage for medical, dental and vision care, 401(k) retirement savings plans, monthly and annual incentive bonus plans, time off and a generous employee travel program. Our values reflect who we are at work and in our communities: Own Safety, Do the Right Thing, Be Kind-Hearted, Deliver Performance, and Be Remarkable. Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Please apply on or before: March 27

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