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Flight Ops Engineer in Seattle, Washington

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Director Flight Ops Engineer


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 Flight Operations Engineer develops and maintains aircraft performance systems for all aircraft within Alaska Airlines fleets. This engineer will also provide vendor oversight for the systems and functions that are outsourced to third party vendors. This Flight Operation Engineer will use her/his engineering expertise to develop programs and processes to ensure safety, optimum efficiency, and compliance.

Scope & Complexity

  • This individual contributor supports Flight Operations activities for Alaska Air Group (AAG) and its subsidiaries.

Key Duties

  • Develop performance data, including takeoff, enroute and landing.
  • Prepares approved airport performance data compliant with Alaska Airlines policies and consistent with processes approved by the Federal Aviation Association (FAA).
  • Integrates performance data into documents for Alaska Airlines fleets.
  • Implements takeoff, climb and landing performance programs for data development, procedure planning and evaluation.
  • Coordinate with manufacturers and vendors as required for technical data necessary for performance data development.
  • Maintains data, logic and functionality of weight and balance systems, develops test scripts and performs vendor oversite functions when programing changes occur.
  • Maintains and revises Weight and Balance Program documentation and Technical Substantiation Document.
  • Conducts market study payload capability analysis for in-house customers.
  • Obtains and analyzes airport maps and diagrams to extract relevant obstacle data.
  • Maintains and improves computer tools used for performance evaluations.
  • Ensures departmental compliance with applicable aircraft performance FARs.
  • Track frequency of max power takeoffs
  • Minimum Equipment List (MEL)/ Configuration Deviation Lists (CDL) support and creation of performance adjustments or penalties to permit operation with MELs.
  • Develops, analyzes and implements cost saving operational initiatives (e.g. fuel burn reduction strategies).
  • Represents Alaska Airlines at appropriate industry forums.
  • Participates in off-hours support for Engineer pager rotation.
  • Other duties as assigned

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills

  • Required
  • Minimum of 4 years of related professional experience required.
  • Bachelor degree in engineering or related field. A degree with a focus in aeronautical science/engineering preferred.
  • Knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations Parts 25, 36, 91 and 121.
  • Organized, extremely attentive to detail and highly safety conscious.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills (e.g., listening, written and verbal).
  • Proficiency in database manipulation and design with experience in MS Access and MS Excel.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in office automation in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to adapt and learn new technology.
  • Familiarity with FAA Airplane Flight Manuals, Alaska Airlines Systems and Flight Handbooks
  • Knowledge of Boeing Jet Transport Performance Methods, aircraft weight and balance terminology and methods
  • Knowledge of MEL and CDL for Alaska fleets.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer programs Fortran, client and web applications using MS stack.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Boeing/Airbus performance documents and Performance Engineer’s Manual.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using takeoff, climb and landing analysis computer programs.
  • Familiar with Alaska Airlines performance data methods, documentation and operations specifications.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

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.

Job ID: 32130

Location: Seattle, WA

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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