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Director, Aircraft Maintenance

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 12, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Other Professional Fields, Vocational & Technical Fields, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Auxiliary Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Auburn Univ Regional Airport Admin

Division Name

Executive Vice President

Position Title

Director, Aircraft Maintenance

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Director of Aviation Maintenance is responsible for the planning, development, execution, and evaluation of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repair for the Auburn University Aviation Center ensuring fleet reliability and smooth operations. Develops, maintains, and implements long term goals and plans that complement the Center’s growth strategy. Through subordinate staff, ensures operations are conducted safely and in compliance with AU policy and procedures and FAA regulations and guidelines.

This position offers a salary range that will be a minimum of $96,000 and maximum of $131,600, depending on the qualifications of the candidate.

Note: Title updated from Director, Aviation Maintenance

Essential Functions

1. Develops and executes strategies for maintaining Auburn University (AU) flight training aircraft and equipment (owned and leased) and external customer aircraft. Through subordinate staff, identifies and implements continuous improvement initiatives to ensure operational effectiveness. Leads the development, communication, and implementation of efficient operational procedures, policies, and effective growth strategies for the department.

2. Provides leadership and operational support to a team of Aviation Maintenance Technicians through the Manager of Aviation Maintenance, ensuring the department is sufficiently staffed, organized, trained, and fulfilling its responsibilities. Ensures staffing levels are optimized for all planned and anticipated activities occurring throughout the day, as well as after hours and on nights and weekends, as required.

3. Oversees all inspections, repairs, and component changes and ensures the accompanying documentation are accomplished in accordance with the manufacturer or FAA approved procedures, conforming to quality control standards, on schedule, and in compliance with FAA regulations. Plans and prepares maintenance and repair estimates, determines scope of work, schedules, and assigns qualified personnel based on skill levels.

4. Ensures maintenance methods, procedures, and documentation are in compliance, through subordinate staff, with applicable Federal Aviation Administration approved procedures or accepted industry best practices, as applicable. Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state and university regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, work standards, quality, safety, health, environmental, and personnel management.

5. Responsible for the aircraft, tooling, equipment, materials, inventory, and activities within the hangar(s) and on the adjacent ramp(s) for all department personnel. Evaluates new equipment, software, tooling, or other technologies to enhance the quality of the maintenance program.

6. Maintains all necessary records and logbooks, including certification in the aircraft permanent maintenance records that the aircraft is approved and returned to service.

7. Establishes and maintains a positive working relationship between the aircraft maintenance operation and customers, vendors, service providers, and federal, state, and university regulatory agencies.

8. Performs other duties, as assigned.

The above essential functions are representative of major duties of positions in this job classification. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned similar to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Education Level

Vocational or Associate's Degree

Field of Study

Degree from an accredited institution in Business Management or Administration. A Degree’s focus
on industrial production and scheduling and/or management of aviation/aerospace organizations
desired. Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution desired.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

5 years of supervisory/management experience in aircraft servicing, inspection, and repair under Federal Aviation Regulations §145 (or military equivalent) with progressively increasing levels of responsibility and accountability. Experience serving as Director of Maintenance (or military equivalent) level of responsibility and additional years of experience desired.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of aircraft maintenance practices. Ability to effectively interact and tactfully communicate with various regulatory agencies’ personnel, both in person and in writing. Must be able to read, write and understand safety plans, rules, maintenance instructions, training manuals, Material Safety Data Sheets ( MSDS ), maintenance bulletins and procedure manuals. Must be able to interpret and understand FAA Airworthiness Directives and manufacturers Service Bulletins and Service Letters. Strong computer skills, including inventory and purchasing as well as aircraft maintenance records and manuals.
All senses must be correctable to performance required by industrial workplace safety standards (to include Color Vision (Snelling), Near/Intermediate Vision corrected to 20/20, sense of touch, hearing, and smell sufficient to detect subtle differences in condition or presentation that could affect the quality and safety of environment and work performed.

Minimum Technology Skills

Strong computer skills, including Inventory and Purchasing as well as Aircraft Maintenance Records and Manuals.

Minimum License and Certifications

FAA certificated Airframe and Power plant (A&P) Mechanic required.
Additional aviation maintenance-related certification and ratings desired.

Desired Qualifications

Experience serving as Director of Maintenance (or military equivalent) level of responsibility and additional years of experience desired.
Additional aviation maintenance-related certification and ratings.
Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution.

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$96,000 - $131,600

Job Category


Working Hours if Non-Traditional

City position is located in:


State position is located:


List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

Regularly involves lifting, bending or other physical exertion. Often exposed to one or more elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., with one often to the point of being objectionable. Injuries may require professional treatment.

Posting Date


Closing Date

EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please provide how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have 5 years of supervisory/management experience in aircraft servicing, inspection, and repair under Federal Aviation Regulations §145 (or military equivalent) with progressively increasing levels of responsibility and accountability?
    • Yes
    • No

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