Technical Operations is the Heart of Southwest Airlines®.
Technical Operations (Tech Ops) Employees are crucial in ensuring Southwest® operation's Safety, efficiency, and compliance by maintaining an all-Boeing fleet. Most of our People work in Maintenance Operations, supporting the day-to-day maintenance work on our aircraft. Our Frontline Maintenance Operations positions receive support from hundreds of Employees who work behind the scenes to provide technical support, program compliance, short- and long-term planning, Reliability, and more.
Check out the responsibilities of some of our Tech Ops roles.*
Aircraft Maintenance Technicians
Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) service and maintain Southwest's all-Boeing fleet to ensure the airworthiness of each aircraft. AMTs work at 1 of 22 locations across our network and in 7 strategically-located hangars.
Appearance Technicians are the detailers of the airline industry. They clean hangars and refresh our aircraft and equipment to provide a safe environment for our Customers and Crews.
Material Specialists maintain Company storeroom logs and records, deliver aircraft parts to various Teams, and multitask effectively to meet required deadlines. This role works in a warehouse environment and partners with external vendors.
Quality Control Inspectors
Quality Control Inspectors are responsible for reviewing Mechanics' work for all regular checks and non-routine tasks to ensure they follow policies and procedures.
Maintenance Controllers are the primary point of contact for all day-of maintenance requirements and maintenance discrepancies that impact the operation. This role coordinates any unplanned maintenance events with daily oversight and management of Minimum Equipment Lists (MELs), Configuration Deviation Lists (CDLs), and Maintenance Notes (short-term deferrals).
*Most Controller positions are located in Dallas, Texas.
Tech Ops Engineering roles provide technical consultation, direction, and instructions regarding the configuration and operation of aircraft. This Team supports the goal of safe, compliant, and reliable operations. *Engineering positions are located in Dallas, Texas.
Our Programs Team defines what, when, and how to complete maintenance needs. These responsibilities ensure the satisfaction of regulatory, compliance, Reliability, and Safety requirements. *Programs positions are located in Dallas, Texas.
Regulatory Compliance roles oversee regulatory requirements such as operations specification changes, aircraft certifications/registrations, and aircraft weight and balance. *Regulatory Compliance positions are located in Dallas, Texas.
Employees in Aircraft Records roles support our daily operation through data entry, corrections, acquisitions, and assembly. This role also records audits for incoming aircraft components and maintains maintenance documentation.
*This overview doesn't include all of our Tech Ops roles.
How to apply
If you see an open Tech Ops position posted, you can apply on careers.southwestair.com. If there aren't open Tech Ops positions posted, we're not interviewing for that job right now.
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Find your role model.
Watch the videos below of our inspiring Tech Ops Employees.
Check out how Keith Y., an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, works on our aircraft and inspires students to discover a rewarding career where every day brings a new, hands-on challenge.
Nathaniel C. turned his interest into a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician who supports his family and maintains the largest Boeing 737 fleet in the world.
Southwest Aircraft Inspector, Jen M.'s advice to women? “Go after what you actually want to do in life… don’t settle!”
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We're committed to a work environment where everyone can be themselves and recognized for the unique perspectives they each bring forward. Diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords—they’re woven into the way we run our business, and they’re reflected in our world-famous Culture.
Our Culture is integral to all aspects of our business and our Employees’ lives, from the way Employees treat each other to the way that our Company puts our Employees first. Three vital elements of our Culture are appreciation, recognition, and celebration.
In addition to the Pilots photographed above, we're proud to have more than 10,200 veterans and 1,800 military spouses in our Southwest Family. Our colors may be red, yellow, and blue, but our support is for red, white, and blue.