Southwest Airlines Co.

  • AD Compliance Lead

    Post Begin Date 5 days ago(10/12/2018 1:25 PM)
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    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    02-Technical Operations
  • Overview

    We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.


    The AD Project Lead is responsible for ensuring Southwest Airlines' compliance to Airworthiness Directives (AD). Key duties include creating and maintaining records associated to compliance plan requirements, programs, and procedures in response to an AD and distributing information within Southwest Airlines operational departments as appropriate.



    • Develop and recommend compliance plans for incoming Airworthiness Directives (AD) by evaluating aircraft, engines, or appliances affected; compliance time; risks through implementation or configuration changes; and method of documentation required for compliance in order to determine technical requirements and mitigate risk
    • Process previously operated AD Compliance document reviews for acceptance into the SWA CAMP by providing compliance status and corrective actions required to incorporate and collaborating with key stakeholders and Leadership in order to monitor the acceptance and escalation of concerns when appropriate
    • Ensure AD's are properly implemented and controls are in place by validating requirements have been met and non-compliant parts have been discarded in order to monitor for long-term compliance
    • Serve as an advisor on AD compliance plans by staying up to date with industry rules, regulations, and policies in order to recommend solutions and influence business decisions including those with industry impact
    • Identify gaps, inconsistencies, and areas for improvement during the auditing process by maintaining an expert understanding of highly complex programs, aircrafts, and regulatory requirements in order to provide feedback and guidance to Leadership on necessary solutions
    • Investigates suspected non-compliance situations by reviewing and interpreting highly technical documents, utilizing detailed knowledge of Southwest aircrafts, assisting in root cause analysis, and recommending corrective actions
    • Assist in the documentation and implementation of process controls, inspection standards, methods and techniques used by Maintenance and Engineering Teams in order to ensure adherence with applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and manufacturers’ recommendations
    • Identify inconsistencies within the computer data collection systems reviewing for accuracy and troubleshooting errors in order to validate the system accurately reflects aircraft configuration and compliance status
    • Process, coordinate, and, manage Alternate Means of Compliance (AMOC), where applicable, by partnering with various internal Departments and FAA offices (ACO/CMO) to develop a comprehensive compliance plan                 

    Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description.


    May perform other job duties as directed by Employee’s Leaders.



    • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent education required.
    • Must be at least 18 years of age.
    • Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.


    • Bachelor's Degree  or equivalent experience required 


    • 7 years commercial aviation experience required
    • 5 years of quality assurance or quality control experience required 


    • Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) License or equivalent relevant experience required



    Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines.

    • Knowledge of Airworthiness Directives, Service Bulletins, and the disposition of engineering documents
    • Knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR’s) pertaining to 121 Air Carrier operations
    • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    • Ability to negotiate and mediate situations to a constructive conclusion
    • Ability to make decisions, thinking independently
    • Ability to prioritize work and manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Ability to analyze and assess information
    • Ability to communicate for buy-in
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Ability to adapt to change
    • Ability to manage up and exercise influence where there is no formal authority
    • Ability to exercise good judgement and ethical standards in a variety of situations
    • Ability to organize work and be detailed oriented
    • Strong written communication skills



    Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines.


    Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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