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Alaska Airlines Manager Powerplant Engineering in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

The Team

Guided by our purpose, core values, and leadership principles, we are creating an airline people love. Our corporate teams set the strategies and operational plans to ensure the success of our company. Whether we use our expertise in accounting, human resources, finance, planning, legal, marketing, or any of our operational divisions, our shared passion for travel and our guests is what motivates us to achieve excellence each day. If you share our passion for creating an airline people love, we want to hear from you.

Role Summary

The Manager, Powerplant Engineering leads the engineering team tasked with managing the Powerplant program for Alaska Airlines (AS). This role manages the priorities and strategy for the Powerplant team, while ensuring world-class customer service, safety, and compliance are top priorities.

Key Duties

  • Lead and establish priorities of the engineering team tasked with managing the Powerplant program for Alaska Airlines.

  • Cultivates and promotes collaborative working relationships that provides excellent support to internal and external customers.

  • Manages and assigns for disposition all original equipment manufacturer (OEM - Boeing, CFM, Safran, etc.) recommendations (SB’s, SL’s) for priority incorporation into the Alaska fleet.

  • Establishes relationships with counterparts at other airlines to ensure application of industry best practices.

  • Leads cross-divisional teams to ensure efficient implementation of authorized engineering control (EC) documents.

  • Supports safety management system (SMS) within the M&E organization using SMS policies and procedures as outlined in Alaska’s SMS manual of the general procedures manual (GPM).

  • Reviews and approves all EC documents (engineering orders, engineering authorizations, fleet campaigns, etc.) to direct the incorporation of modifications, improvements, and disposition of line maintenance troubleshooting and shop requests.

  • Manages the reliability working and report-out meetings at maintenance review board (MRB) and reliability analysis program (RAP), including analysis and presentation of significant events and mechanical reliability data for root cause determination and proposed maintenance program improvements.

  • Reviews and approves all AS-specific engineering data for inclusion into required ICA’s (instructions for continued airworthiness manuals) for configuration control and required maintenance actions.

  • Actively engages with Engine Vendor Maintenance to support engine shop (off-wing) support.

  • Reviews all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations and Airworthiness Directives (ADs) and ensures prompt approval of resultant engineering documentation for full compliance.

  • Provides timely and effective investigation and analysis, with associated written responses or working presentations, for all Powerplant related FAA CMO issues.

  • Provides Maintenance Control, AOG Engineering and Technical Services personnel with troubleshooting assistance for resolution of operational issues and prompt return to service.

  • Engages and participates in OEM technical conferences (such as Working Together Team meetings and conferences) to ensure up-to-date engineering data is utilized to manage the AS fleet.

  • Reviews and approves the engine and APU build specification revisions delineating maintenance to be accomplished at designated vendor shop overhaul facilities.

  • Ensures fleet engineering cost accountability and financial justification of all modifications and service bulletins.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 5 years of Powerplant engineering experience (airline, shop, OEM, etc.) with detailed on-wing operational knowledge (preferably experience with CFM56 model engines).

  • 2 years of leadership experience.

  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in engineering (e.g., aerospace, aeronautical or mechanical), or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

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

  • Excellent communication skills (e.g., verbal, written, and listening).

  • 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 is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • Experience in aircraft maintenance, technical training including an A&P license, and/or aviation management.

  • In-depth understanding of gas turbine fundamental operating principles (aero, thermal, mechanical).

  • In-depth understanding of the Powerplant and APU interfaces with aircraft operations.

Airport SIDA Badge Requirements

Important update for non-crew employees working at an airport or maintenance hangar: Employees will be required to obtain a SIDA badge provided by the airport authority and maintain good standing in order to keep their SIDA badge. Review the SIDA Badge Requirements document for a comprehensive overview.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

Salary Range

$128,600 - $205,800 / year

Salary Details

Pay will be based on multiple factors, including and not limited to location, relevant experience/level and skillset while balancing internal equity relative to other Alaska/Horizon employees. Alaska/Horizon is committed to fair, unbiased compensation along with competitive benefits in all locations in which we operate.

Total Rewards

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air pay and benefits can vary by company, location, number of regularly scheduled hours worked, length of employment, and employment status.

  • Free stand-by travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

  • Comprehensive well-being programs including medical, dental and vision benefits

  • Generous 401k match program

  • Quarterly and annual bonus plans

  • Generous holiday and paid time off

For more information about Alaska/Horizon Total Rewards please visit our career site and view benefits.

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Apply by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on 3/30/2023
Location Seattle
Equal Employment Opportunity We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees and do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information (including family medical history), political views or activity, or other legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. We may use your information to maintain the safety and security of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, its employees, and others as required or permitted by law. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Requisition Type Management
L: #LI-B
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2023-10249
Category Corporate & Operations