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Senior Engineer - Network Operations

Req #: WHQ00012622-AG
Location: Chicago, IL US
Job Category:NOC / Dispatch / Scheduling - Management & Administrative
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Network Operations
The Network Operations department helps us run a safe, reliable airline, and includes careers in aircraft routing and dispatching, crew scheduling, air traffic control and more.
Job overview and responsibilities
The Senior Operations Engineer works under the guidance of a lead engineer to develop all aspects of aircraft performance related to an assigned fleet, including takeoff and landing performance, Weight and balance system development, enroute performance, drift down, terrain clearance, depressurization, MEL performance effects, ETOPS, Development of performance data in support of the company flight manual, responsibility for aircraft performance in Sabre Flight Planner, development and update of aircraft performance factors for flight planning, development of payload analysis in support of the Network Planning and Charter departments, and support of all internal and external customers in the interpretation and analysis of aircraft performance data.  The Senior engineer, under the guidance of a lead engineer, will also be responsible for maintaining and developing airport and obstacle data, including NOTAM information and special engine-out departure procedures, for assigned airports.
Specific duties include:
Manages Airport and Obstacle Data, including NOTAMS, for assigned airports under the guidance of the fleet lead engineer
  • Attends airport construction meetings as assigned by the lead engineer
  • Develops Special Engine Out Procedures to maximize available payload for assigned fleet while respecting normal cockpit procedures
  • Evaluates RNAV/RNP procedures with respect to engine out departure and/or missed approach
  • Monitors and evaluates airport and obstacle source information to ensure validity of takeoff and landing weights
  • Monitors and updates airport and obstacle information per source NOTAM


Maintains and supports all aspects of Aircraft Performance and related data for United Airlines on assigned Fleet under the guidance of the fleet Lead Engineer

  •  Provides and updates all Performance and related Limitations in company flight manuals
  • Develops materials for “planning and performance manual” to support backup dispatch/load planning procedures
  • Performs Payload and route analysis in support of Network Planning requests
  • Assists in development of performance penalties for UA MEL to support Unimatic/Sabre Flight Planner
  • Assists with Sabre Flight Planning team to optimize enroute aircraft performance and develop/enhance Flight Planner Features, related to the assigned fleet
  • Tests, and evaluates new performance data loads to Sabre Flight Planner, including new SCAP data loads
  • Develops MEL performance corrections in coordination with MEL engineers, and Sabre Flight Planner requirements
  • Creates fleet specific Terrain Clearance/Drift Down/Depressurization procedures and works with Sabre Flight Planner to ensure the automated version of these profiles are within policy
  • Provides ETOPS support as applicable
  • Develops and implements aircraft performance fuel burn factors
  • Assists with Fuel Efficiency Task Force issues

Develops and Maintains Weight and Balance System under guidance of Lead Engineer

  •  Develops processes and procedures to optimize company resources in regards to Aircraft Weight and Balance
  • Develops and modifies weight and balance system for assigned fleet as required by interior configuration changes, or policy and procedures changes
  • Provides support to Load Planning on Weight and Balance issues, including the interpretation of system problems, passenger/bag weight surveys, tail tip avoidance procedures, etc.
  • Maintains and updates aircraft running weight records per applicable Advisory Circular requirements
  • Monitors and coordinates aircraft weight changes with Tech Ops Engineering
  • Responsible for aircraft weigh jobs
  • Engineering degree from an accredited University with Boeing and/or Airbus Performance Training
  • Must have expert knowledge of, and experience in two or more areas of Aircraft Performance Engineering
  • 7 years experience in airline flight operations engineering or related area, or significant experience in 2 of the following Aircraft Performance Engineering Disciplines specifically targeted to UA fleets: Aircraft W&B system development including OEW change tracking; Flight Planning/enroute performance; Airport Analysis with Special Departure Procedure development; Aircraft Performance Data Development to support Company Flight Manuals, Dispatch and Load Planning; MEL Performance adjustments; Terrain Clearance/Driftdown/Depressurization
  • 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 degree
  • Experience in all aspects of Aircraft Performance Engineering


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