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Sr. Manager - Component Engineering

Req #: WHQ00012771
Location: Chicago, IL US
Job Category:Professional Opportunities
Senior Manager - Technical Services Component Support
Technical Operations
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
As part of Technical Operations, the Senior Manager – Fleet Engineering – Component Support is responsible for providing technical leadership to a team of reliability and component engineers.  Utilizing a wide variety of United and vendor resources, these engineers analyze component failure modes, research solutions, execute authorizing documentation including maintenance program changes and monitor the performance of these improved solutions. Solutions must be implemented by a variety of aircraft component repair and overhaul shops including those within United.   The Senior Manager and his/her team will provide cross-utilization skill support to Fleet Engineering personnel primarily in complex system and avionics components in the near-term.  Over a longer term the team’s experience will allow support of any component operated by United.  The Senior Manager will take a leadership role in ensuring United's technical excellence in the area of responsibility and will be called upon to represent the team in a variety of settings including meetings on reliability issues, financial appropriations requests, senior management briefings, vendor performance reviews.
Engineering – Component Support
  • Provide supervision of 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. 
  • Approve 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.
  • Organize and manage the priorities for the component engineering group and orchestrate the work processes to meet all the deliverables for the projects
  • Provide engineering disposition approval for technical issues 
  • Review relevant data, report shop findings and initiate corrective action in support of root cause determination on in-service problems or operational issues
  • 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
  • This position guides the development of complex designs and implementation plans, project justification, obtaining funding approval, management of project implementation, technical support, and obtaining FAA approvals as required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical) and applicable work experience
  • Knowledgeable of airworthiness, repair substantiation criteria and regulatory requirements specifically 14 CFR Part 25, 121 and 145
  • Technical supervisory experience preferred
  • 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% business travel is required




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

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