Alaska Airlines - Alaska Air - Horizon Air Director Fleet Engineering in Portland, Oregon


Horizon Air: behind the name are men and women with a "can-do" spirit and a passion for excellence. Launched in 1981, as the regional carrier for Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air provides service to cities and communities throughout California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Alberta and British Columbia (Canada). As a partner to Alaska Airlines, we turn regional travel into a different kind of commute, impromptu visits, weekend getaways, and stopovers along global journeys - and we do so dependably, efficiently, enjoyably. In this way, we're not just an airline; we're the route to more people, places, and experiences. A catalyst for larger communities, more closely connected. Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). ..


The Director, Fleet Engineering is a key leader within the Horizon Air Maintenance and Engineering organization. This role leads the team of managers and engineers in improving the benefits of the Horizon Air fleet. This role oversees the efforts to use data mining and analysis techniques to identify opportunities for improvements and develop strategic projects to realize those improvements. Successful leadership in this role requires an unwavering commitment to safety and compliance, and the ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment. In addition, team building and working together skills are required to work with internal customers throughout the airline.


  • Lead the engineering team in improving the mechanical reliability of the Horizon Air fleet, through data driven decision making and adjustment to the maintenance program.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of regulations, company policies and procedures.

  • Work with the Engineering Standards and Engineering Compliance functions to ensure adherence to all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations and Company policies/procedures.

  • Ensures areas of responsibility meet Company quality expectations through continuous review and improvement, and active participation in the CAS Program.

  • Foster an environment of innovation and creativity in the development of solutions to improve mechanical reliability.

  • Review any product deficiencies with the supplier, OEM, or Vendor to ensure they compensate or improve the product for the benefit of the Company.

  • Ensure potential changes to the fleet are appropriately evaluated and the disposition is documented.

  • Monitor progress of accepted changes through the implementation steps.

  • Represent the Maintenance and Engineering Division in cross-divisional meetings regarding equipment changes to the fleet.

  • Serve as a member of the Reliability Review and CAS Boards.

  • Oversee the structured evaluation of manufacturer suggested engineering projects.

  • Monitor the Engineering budget and look for opportunities to increase efficiency and lower costs.

  • Represent Horizon Air in industry meetings, conferences, working groups, and with suppliers to maintain contact with the industry, and keep abreast of any product or system improvements.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Embody the Horizon Values of Safety, Integrity, Heart, Partnership, Innovation/Initiative, and Continuous Improvement.


  • BS Engineering degree, required

  • Ten years of relevant experience at an airline operator, aerospace OEM (original equipment manufacturer), or equivalent engineering organization, required

  • Five years of supervisory experience, required

  • Strong data analysis experience including statistical methods, preferred

  • Airframe and Powerplant (A&P;) certificate, preferred

  • Experience with the TRAX maintenance tracking software, preferred

  • Familiar with FAA Regulatory requirements, documents, and compliance processes, preferred

  • Excellent communication skills; written, verbal, formal meeting presentations, required

  • Advanced Excel / MS Access analysis skills, preferred

  • High school diploma or equivalent, required

  • Minimum age of 18

  • Authorization to work in the U.S. ..


The location for this position is in Portland, Oregon


For eligible employees, our company offers a competitive total rewards package that includes insurance coverage (medical, dental and vision care), a 401(k) retirement savings plan, monthly and annual incentive bonus plans, time off and a generous employee travel program (with flight privileges on Alaska Airlines as well).

Key to Horizon Air's success is its distinctive culture, where partnership thrives and co-workers go out of their way to help each other. 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. Horizon Air also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants are also protected by law.

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Job ID: 31899

Location: Portland, OR

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular