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Southwest Airlines

Supervisor Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Southwest Airlines - Posted 9 months ago
$100k-103k/year  + Equity
*high salary
*Based on 0 Aircraft Technician salary records


Oakland, CA

2+ years
Company size
62k employees

Aircraft Technician Job description

The People of Southwest Airlines come together to deliver on our Purpose, which is to connect People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. Our Supervisor Aircraft Maintenance supports Southwest’s Mechanics, working from our hangar or at the airport, and collaborates with various Ground Operations Teams to ensure a safe and efficient operation for our Internal and External Customers. They work in an active, dynamic, and safe environment to support our People as they provide high-quality service and on-time performance. The Supervisor of Aircraft Maintenance is detail-oriented and committed to maintaining the largest Boeing 737 fleet in the world.  

As an Oakland (OAK) Supervisor of Aircraft Maintenance, you can expect: 

  • A union-based role that includes working assigned shifts based on seniority. Shifts can include early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.  
  • Opportunities for overtime and shift pick-ups. Mandatory overtime is a possibility based on operational needs. * 
  • For eligible Leadership and individual contributor roles, additional bonus opportunities are available and awarded at the discretion of the company. 
  • U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S. is required and no current or future work authorization sponsorship is available. 
  • Fly for free, as a privilege, on any open seat on all Southwest flights—your eligible dependents too. 
  • Up to a 9.3% 401(k) Company match, dollar for dollar, per paycheck. ** 
  • Potential for annual ProfitSharing contribution toward retirement - when Southwest profits, you profit. *** 

​Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We continue to look for opportunities to reflect the communities we serve, and welcome applicants with diverse thoughts, backgrounds, and experiences. 

Model the Southwest Way

  • Guide and lead Team Members using SWA talent management practices to coach, develop and engage Employees
  • Adhere to Company values and competencies to foster a Culture of inclusion, recognition, and support of a safe work environment
  • Invest in Leadership and self-growth through participating in continuous learning and development


  • Work closely with fellow Supervisors and Leadership to achieve department metrics and objectives
  • Set clear expectations on daily assignments and procedures
  • Communicate process changes and procedures to their Employees
  • Assure Compliance with all applicable policies set forth in Southwest Technical Operations Handbook
  • Ensure all work performed during the assigned shift is in accordance with approved maintenance procedures
  • Assure Maintenance documentation of work performed is entered into the computer base prior to aircraft departure
  • Review work packages for completeness and accuracy before all aircraft are returned to service
  • Assure that all deferred maintenance items have the required parts and labor hours recorded
  • Coordinate aircraft maintenance requirements with all pertinent Company Departments, specifically through Maintenance Control, to advise the current maintenance status of the aircraft
  • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee Leaders

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of EPA regulations and guidelines for hazardous materials
  • Knowledge of FARs and other regulatory documents to ensure compliance with the FAA
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
  • Skilled in written and verbal communication including speaking in group situations
  • Skilled in reading and comprehending technical reports, instructions, and maintenance documents
  • Skilled in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • Ability to solve problems and write document change requests, parts action requests, and other regulatory documents to ensure compliance with the FAA


  • Required: High School Diploma or GED


  • Fully functioning, broad knowledge in:
  • Aircraft Maintenance


  • Required: Airframe and Powerplant License
  • Required: Hold or be able to obtain an Airport Driver’s permit
  • Required: Obtain a SIDA badge and meet all local airport requirements
  • Required: Cat III and ETOPS certification

Physical Abilities

  • Ability to perform work duties from [limited space work station/desk/office area] for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate and interact with others in the English language to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to use a computer and other office productivity tools with sufficient speed and accuracy to meet the demands of the job

Other Qualifications

  • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have the authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines
  • Must be able to work varying shifts and/or overtime as needed to meet operational demands
  • Must be able to travel with some overnight stays several times a year for training, broken plane rescues, and department meetings

*Overtime pay is computed solely on base pay rate  

**401(k) match contributions are subject to the plan’s vesting schedule and applicable IRS limits  

***ProfitSharing contributions are subject to plan’s vesting schedule and are made at the discretion of the Company   

Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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