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Alaska Airlines Simulator Engineer 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 Simulator Engineer is responsible for 24/7 Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD) engineering coverage and resolves complex FSTD discrepancies through troubleshooting and repair utilizing fault finding techniques. As an individual contributor, this role supports engineering activities for the FSTDs, allowing Alaska Airlines to meet its current and future training objectives.

Key Duties

  • Take initiative to develop solutions for 24/7 Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD) engineering coverage and supports / resolves complex FSTD discrepancies through troubleshooting and repair utilizing fault finding techniques.

  • Conducts regulatory compliance testing and preventative maintenance procedures.

  • With minimal direction from manager, work independently to ensure the FSTDs are configured to reflect the Alaska fleet.

  • Provides training and technical assistance to other Sim Dept. personnel.

  • Support Senior Engineers with FSTD modifications to meet current training needs, enhancing FTSD capability and reliability.

  • Establishes simulator process improvements to reduce training interruptions, discrepancies, and down-time.

  • Successfully able to fly the simulated aircraft.

  • Make recommendations with regards to preventative maintenance procedures and updates on the FSTDs.

  • Utilizes existing computer-based tools and utilities to improve FSTD maintainability and availability of the FSTDs to overcome obsolescence maintenance issues or updates.

  • Supports pre-flights and other testing of the FSTDs.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 2 years of simulator engineering or related industry experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related discipline, or an additional 2 years of training or related experience in lieu of this degree.

  • In-depth understanding of electronic engineering with complex linear and digital circuits.

  • In-depth understanding of aeronautical knowledge and complex Qualification Test Guide issues (QTG).

  • In-depth understanding of pilot skills for aircraft procedures, aircraft systems, flight principles, and aircraft/ simulator handling characteristics.

  • In-depth understanding of computer engineering, with hardware/software knowledge across multiple platforms in addition to thorough understanding of computer/simulator software operating systems and languages.

  • Understanding of the compliance obligations of Part 60 based on the Quality Management System in place (QMS).

  • Understanding of vendor drawings, including wiring diagrams, system diagrams, and complex aircraft data.

  • Effective 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.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • In-depth understanding of avionics engineering and simulator concepts based on avionics interfacing.

  • Detailed understanding of FSTD software utilities.

  • Understanding of hydraulic/mechanical engineering with closed loop control motion systems and mechanical principles.

  • Computer-generated imagery and visual effects experience (with the ability to construct or modify advanced computer-generated models) and working knowledge of visual image generators and visual display systems.

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

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

Salary Range

$88,400 -- $132,600 / 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 2023-10331
Category Corporate & Operations