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United Airlines Principal Engineer in Chicago, Illinois

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Technical Operations/Maintenance

Technical Operations includes the maintenance, and overhaul of our aircraft. This includes aircraft maintenance technicians, engineers, planners, ground equipment and facilities teams, supply chain teams and more.

Job overview and responsibilities

  • Studies, analyzes, and seeks solutions to problems related to the design, operation, maintenance, performance, modification, or repair of aircraft or engines, and their components

  • Uses a structured, logical, and analytical approach in problem solving

  • Defines maintenance program, configuration, and serviceability criteria ensuring safe and legal operations

  • Analyzes and implements regulatory requirements. Evaluates the effects of modifications or new equipment on reliability and performance

  • Evaluates the benefits of the cost impact of a fleet decision to ensure an optimum balance of cost, asset utilization, quality, and reliability

  • Authors, designs, tests, and manages projects

  • Provides on-site technical support for line and base operations

  • Communicates with customers on technical issues, work scope recommendations, and failure investigations

  • Interfaces with internal and external organizations regarding specific aircraft, powerplant, and component issues

  • Develops complex solutions and implementation plans, project justification, cost/benefit analysis and overall project management including follow-up on to ensure project pilot and overall completion.

  • Responsible for designing and developing technical data for aircraft repairs and modifications

  • Organize and manage the priorities for assigned responsibilities and accomplish the work process to meet all deliverable for projects both on line and base aircraft as well as maintenance program changes and technical specification revisions

  • Coordinate work with other operational groups to ensure airworthiness, safety, regulatory compliance, operational reliability and operational efficiency. Considered subject matter expert in their area and could represent United at industry meetings

  • Provide technical assistance in reviewing Engineering paperwork from peers within engineering as needed by department to act as a technical check point


  • B.S Degree in Engineering , related technical field or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 3-5 years at a senior engineer or similar role elsewhere in the industry

  • Working knowledge on both Boeing and Airbus aircraft

  • Engineering skill sets which can be applied to a range of aircraft systems, maintenance programs and engines

  • For service engineering positions, these same technical skills are applied towards operational issues versus project specific work

  • Ability to analyze complex technical issues, detailed level of project management for regulatory compliance modifications

  • Excellent verbal and technical writing skills needed

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • Advanced engineering degree

  • Maintenance check engineering experience on Boeing/Airbus aircraft; CATIA/AUTOCAD experience

  • Knowledge of FARS (especially 145, 25 and 121)

  • Strong skills in MS office applications (Excel, word, PowerPoint, etc.)

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 66 Technical Operations/Maintenance

Function: Tech Ops / Maintenance - Management & Administrative

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled