United Airlines Principal Engineer - Powerplant in Chicago, Illinois

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Principal Engineer – Powerplant - Fleet - WHQ

Chicago, IL

Equal Opportunity Employer by Choice.

Travel subject to service charges/restrictions. Bonuses awarded only under terms of United's policies.



Powerplant engineers manage the engines on the airplanes and will study, analyze, and seek solutions to problems related to the design, operation, maintenance, performance, modification, or repair of engines, and their components. Use a structured, logical, and analytical approach in problem solving. Defines maintenance program, configuration, and serviceability criteria ensuring safe and legal operations. Analyze and implement regulatory requirements. Evaluate 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. Author, design, validate, and manage projects. Provide on-site technical support for line and base operations. Communicate and interface with internal and external organizations regarding specific engine and component issues.


  • Organize and manage priorities to meet project deliverables:

  • Maintenance program optimization

  • Reliability analysis and improvements

  • Airworthiness Directives

  • Support commercial projects

  • Assist in engine troubleshooting

  • Monitor engine on wing performance to initiate reliability improvements as needed

  • Interdepartmental coordination to implement projects

  • Repairs and/or modifications must also be evaluated to ensure no adverse effect on ETOPS, RVSM, CAT III, etc.

  • Provides technical engineering services, recommendations and trouble-shooting support to other divisions and personnel involved with aircraft systems

  • Represent and participate in industry activity with FAA, NTSB, A4A and other external and internal organizations for engines


  • B.S. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering


  • Engineering skill sets which can be applied to a specific engineering discipline

  • These skills include, but are not limited to, analysis of complex technical issues, highly detailed level project development/management for regulatory compliance modifications, and overall ownership of specific systems.

  • Successful candidate will also have exhibited traits related to detailed cost/benefit analysis of projects, as well as effectively engaging stakeholders cross-functionally

  • Successful candidate will also have exhibited effective communication skills

  • Team player with a positive approach to working together


  • Knowledge of CFRs, airworthiness design and substantiation criteria, aircraft and engine design and operational characteristics, materials and processes

  • This position will be hired as either an Engineer-Level 6, Senior Engineer-Level 5 or Principal Engineer-Level 4 based on experience level


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

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualifications.

  • Candidate must be available for world-wide travel outside of office to cover aircraft pilots, industry travel and business meetings

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

Division: 66 Technical Operations/Maintenance

Function: Professional Opportunities

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled