Maintenance and Aircraft Performance Engineering Intern - Fall 2016Maintenance and Aircraft Performance Engineering Intern - Fall 2016, Dallas, Texas, United States (Job Has Expired)

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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 Intern will work full-time as a Team member within one of the following areas:


Powerplant Engineering coordinates engine and APU maintenance requirements with pertinent departments and Field Service Engineers. In addition they coordinate with powerplant manufacturers, Boeing, and Service Providers concerning technical, maintenance, and operational problems. Engineers also evaluate engineering document policies and procedures to determine if changes are needed.


Flight Operations Engineering analyzes aerodynamic configurations and modifications, airport and aviation critical area changes, and environmental conditions to determine mission capabilities for our fleet of aircraft. We provide pilots and dispatchers with information and data to show them what the aircraft can do in a given situation. We develop special flight procedures to help minimize the impact of performance limiting situations.


Systems Engineering provides technical consultation and instruction in order to ensure safe, compliant, and efficient configuration and operation of the mechanical systems of the aircraft while considering all Customer input. The mechanical systems of the aircraft include air conditioning, fire protection, flight controls, fuel, hydraulics, ice & rain protection, landing gear, pneumatics, fuel tank inerting, and windows.

Service :

Service Engineering provides 24/7/365 support to all SWA Maintenance activities regardless of Engineering discipline. Ranging from support of aircraft at the gate, to Heavy Maintenance at a Maintenance Repair/Overhaul Organization facility contracted to work on SWA aircraft or components. All while maintaining the highest levels of Customer Service, Safety and Compliance.


Structures is responsible for everything to do with the airframe of the airplane including but not limited to: Evaluation and processing manufactures Service Information such as Service Bulletins and Letters which includes research, feasibility studies and economic justification. Working along an Engineer for adapting regulatory requirements such as Airworthiness Directives from the FAA

Participating in teleconferences with OEM, typically Boeing, for emerging technical issues; assist in deriving solutions which enhance the Reliability and Safety of our flee. Creating documentation to support in-service structural defects or fleet campaign project. Analyze structural defects to formulate initiatives for correcting fleet issue. Day in the field with other technical departments such as MX Planning, Service Engineering and Quality. Technical training opportunities as available and warranted.


All roles will work on various size engineering projects in a maintenance or operations environment.

The intern will be utilized as an entry-level engineer and may get hands on experience with aircraft under supervision.

Assist with special projects and events as requested.



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.


Progress towards degree with a major/minor in Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aviation Maintenance Science, or other Engineering related degree.

Minimum junior level.

To be eligible must be currently enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours.)

Maintained 2.75 or above cumulative GPA.


Work experience in an Aviation/Aerospace environment a plus.

Previous Work or Internship experience in an engineering related role is a plus.

Participation in Aviation/Aerospace organizations and clubs a plus.

Completion of 9 hours of Engineering related coursework is preferred.

Leadership in organizations and clubs a plus.

Proficient in Microsoft applications.

Understanding on how to write technical documents/reports.

The internship may also require a basic knowledge and understanding of current Engineering drawings and software to create them a plus.

Basic understanding and knowledge of maintaining the aircraft structure, avionics, aircraft performance, systems, avionics, interiors, and powerplant is preferred.


Must possess excellent organizational and time management skills.

Ability to work independently and the willingness to function as part of a team.

Ability to multi-task and complete assignments with tight deadlines.

Good oral and written communication skills required.



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Full-time - 40 hours per week.


$13.00-$15.00 per hour + flight privileges

This Internship is located in Dallas, Texas at the Southwest Airlines Headquarters building.

All students must apply online at

Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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