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Senior Engineer - Minimum Equipment List

Req #: OPB00000022-AG
Location: Chicago, IL US
Job Category: NOC / Dispatch / Scheduling - Management & Administrative
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Job Responsibilities:
The Senior MEL Engineer is responsible for developing and maintaining all assigned UA Minimum Equipment Lists (MELs) and Configuration Deviation Lists (CDLs), including Non-essential Equipment and Furnishings (NEFs) to balance dispatch reliability, operational flexibility and predictability, minimize UA expenses on aircraft with MEL issues, ensure an equivalent level of safety as the Master MEL/CDL, and ensure compliance with applicable Operations Specifications (Opspecs) and Federal Aviation Regulations for multiple fleets and new aircraft. Leads coordination with stakeholders on the development of appropriate procedures, restrictions, performance penalties and data in the MEL/CDL. May be sole UA representative in the Flight Operations Evaluation Board (FOEB) to represent and further UA interests. May be actively involved with the FAA and manufacturers in development of new requirements for the MMEL for new aircraft and systems based on new technologies and capabilities. May be the sole representative to industry group, governmental, and manufacturer–sponsored meetings. Trains other MEL Engineers and customers on processes, regulatory compliance issues, system capabilities and procedural issues. Interacts directly with Flight Operations, Maintenance, Dispatch, and other key MEL users to resolve process, technical data, and coordination issues. Answers Quality Assurance (QA) and safety inquiries.

• Technical and regulatory compliance responsibility for company MEL/CDL/NEF - Develops, supports and coordinates engineering development and authoring of MEL/CDL/NEF for multiple assigned UAL fleets, including specific requirements for affected departments.
• Coordinates and applies standards for MEL/CDL/NEF publishing processes.
• Applies standards for MEL/CDL/NEF publishing that directly interfaces to Sabre Flight Plan Manager for assigned fleets.
• Coordinates amongst applicable MEL users to ensure appropriate procedures are available to address MEL/CDL/NEF issues.
• Coordinates specific fleet MEL/CDL/NEF issues with FAA (CMO, FOEB), OEMs, and others; provide technical research, analysis, and coordinates UA MEL/CDL/NEF revisions and issues externally with the FAA and internally with MEL/CDL/NEF Stakeholders and MEL users.
• Coordinates and supports IOSA/FAA SAI and other MEL/CDL/NEF audit related issues.
• Coordinates and provides technical assistance to UA organizations on MEL/CDL/NEF issues; provides technical support, research and analysis on issues related to MEL/CDL/NEF.
• Represents UA in MMEL development for new aircraft types, and implements MEL/CDL/NEF changes related to STCs and other change agents.
• Provides MEL/CDL/NEF response to FAA policy letters, inquiries, and other source documents.
• Monitors MMEL, DDG, AFM and other source documents for recommended practices. Incorporates into company MEL/CDL/NEF as appropriate and coordinates standardization issues.
• Reviews, interprets, standardizes, and implements the requirements contained in 14 CFR, FAA MMEL revisions and Policy Letters, Opspecs, AFM, aircraft modifications, UA flight operational policy, and Airworthiness Directives.
• Interfaces closely with UA Performance Engineering on performance, weight & balance, and flight crew procedures for integration into UA MEL/CDL.
• Interfaces directly with Maintenance, Dispatch, Flight Operations, Safety and Quality Assurance on policies, procedures, issues and concerns.
• Represents UA at industry, governmental, and manufacturer forums.
• Coordinates the development of Company MEL/CDL/NEF policy.
• Trains technical and regulatory compliance responsibility for company MEL/CDL/NEF.
• Supports development of MEL/CDL/NEF training materials for UAL fleets, including specific requirements for interfacing departments. Provide quality oversight and standardization for group MEL efforts.
  • Engineering or Technical B.S. degree. Five years as an MEL engineer for a 14 CFR 121 carrier may be substituted for the educational requirement
  • FAA A&P. Three years as an MEL engineer for a 14 CFR 121 carrier may be substituted for the certification requirement
  • Expert knowledge of, and experience in all aspects of 14 CFR 121 deferred maintenance
  • Ten years of experience in airline flight operations engineering, technical engineering, or deferred maintenance at a 14 CFR 121 carrier
  • 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
  • Aerospace Engineering B.S. Degree
  • Flight Dispatcher, commercial/ATP, and/or Flight Engineer rating
  • Previous experience as a line AMT or Maintenance Controller and/or MEL Engineer with a 14 CFR 121 carrier
  • Ten years of experience with MEL development at a 14 CFR 121 carrier 



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