United Airlines Principal Engineer - Fleet (Component Engineering) in Chicago, Illinois
Technical Operations is the maintenance, repair and overhaul division of United. The department includes aircraft maintenance technicians, engineers, planners, ground equipment and facilities teams, supply chain teams and more.
Job Overview and Responsibilities
Utilizing a wide variety of United and vendor resources, component engineers analyze component failure modes, research solutions, execute authorizing documentation including maintenance program changes and monitor the performance of these improved solutions. Provide cross utilization skill support of systems and avionics subject matter experts and reliability engineers. Take a leadership role in ensuring United's technical excellence in the area of assigned responsibility.
Engineering – Component Support
Provide on-site and remote technical support for repair development and technical disposition related to the design, operation, maintenance, performance, modification and/or repair of aircraft components to improve reliability. Develop and substantiate safe, timely and cost effective repairs and procedures or provide similar guidance to vendor shop engineers. Interpret and implement legally mandated actions, maintenance programs, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) drawings, service bulletins and component maintenance manuals.
Provide engineering disposition for technical issues
Write concise technical documents for the testing, repair and overhaul of components to comply with manufacturer documents or legal requirements
Gather relevant data, report shop findings and initiate corrective action in support of root cause determination on in-service problems or operational issues
Work with other engineering departments in evaluation and prototype of new projects
Study, analyze, and seek solutions to production issues related to design, operation, performance, modification, or repair of components
Work as a liaison between engineering, maintenance, vendors and manufacturers to ensure legal compliance and economic engineering solutions
Investigate, develop & implement repair processes, procedures for assigned components as well as ad hoc requests. Efficiently use a variety of sources for developing effective repair schemes for boosting component reliability within acceptable cost parameters. The sources include (but not limited to):
Data analytics teams
Vendor/OEM data (Service Bulletins, tear down reports, etc.)
Must be capable in determining the validity and acceptability of the data as well as assist in challenging the vendor in making changes/corrections.
Subject matter experts (engineers, mechanics, etc.)
Shop & OEM production
Vendor Management (including recommendations/criteria on how to select vendors, assist in contract development, etc.)
Strength and utilization of materials in the proper environments
Capable of interpreting component maintenance manuals (CMM), aircraft maintenance manuals (AMM), fault isolation manuals (FIM), etc
Teamwork, project management, good communication and analytical skills
Knowledgeable of airworthiness, repair substantiation criteria and regulatory requirements
Proficient in interpreting Component Maintenance Manuals and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) service bulletins, drawings and other technical data
Skilled with engineering practices used in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft and components
Background in engineering maintenance support preferred including familiarity with test equipment
Experience providing engineering support for component shops preferred
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical) and/or equivalent work experience
Knowledgeable of airworthiness, repair substantiation criteria and regulatory requirements specifically 14 CFR Part 25, 121 and 145
Background in engineering component maintenance support preferred
This position will be hired as either an Engineer-Level 6, Senior Engineer-Level 5 or Principal Engineer-Level 4; the selection will be based on level of experience, qualifications, certifications and time spent in a similar role at another company.
Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship
Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualifications
Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position
Up to 20% travel is expected. Destinations include OEMs, repair shops, etc.
Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT
Division: 66 Technical Operations/Maintenance
Function: Professional Opportunities
Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled