United Airlines - First Officer


A United pilot is a member of the flight crew who is responsible for the safe, comfortable, on-time and efficient operation of the aircraft. A pilot flying as captain is the pilot-in-command and the final decisionmaking authority regarding the operation of the aircraft, although it is the responsibility of the first officer to contribute to the decision-making process. The captain represents United as the onsite leader responsible for the safety and welfare of the crew and passengers, while also promoting a favorable image of United in accordance with company policies.

Responsibilities of all United Pilots
  • Correctly assess the current and anticipated environment, and identify and anticipate operational threats or errors
  • Exercise responsibilities in a manner that promotes teamwork, professionalism and mentorship
  • Incorporate relevant information, develop operational strategies and choose the best course of action consistent with safe, reliable and efficient operation of the aircraft
  • Exchange information, ideas and instructions in a timely manner
  • Actively verify aircraft systems, position and configuration, and crewmember actions, and resolve inconsistency or uncertainty
  • Effectively manage tasks to optimize overall performance
  • Select appropriate level of automation for the situation and for every automation status
  • Exercise sound judgment in the safe and efficient operation of the flight
  • Operate in accordance with the Federal Aviation Regulations and company policies

In addition, the captain:

  • Advises and mentors the first officer in accordance with company policy and procedures
  • Acts as the inflight security coordinator
  • Provides final decision-making authority as to the operation of the aircraft

In addition, the first officer:

  • Acts as second-in-command in the operation of the aircraft
  • Assumes the role of pilot-in-command should the captain become incapacitated
Minimum qualifications

Certification requirements:

  • Unrestricted FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with airplane multiengine class rating
  • Current FAA first-class medical certificate
  • FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (RR)

Flight time requirement:

  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of total time
  • A minimum of 1,000 hours of fixed wing turbine time
  • Prefer a minimum of 100 hours of complex flight time within the last 12 months

General requirements:

  • Current passport with at least six-months of validity remaining at time of employment.
  • Legal right to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Must be able to travel freely within the United States and without restriction to all countries United serves
    • Some countries place entry restrictions on foreign visitors. For instance, Canada prohibits entry to people who have been convicted of criminal offenses or who have criminal charges currently pending against them. Some convictions that make a person inadmissible for entry into Canada include theft, driving while intoxicated (DWI) and a number of felonies and misdemeanors. There are procedures to seek special permission or waivers from Canada to permit entry, but these are not automatic. This is not a complete list of countries with restrictions.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university is preferred
    • All foreign transcripts need to be evaluated for equivalency to U.S. degrees by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and overall authenticity
  • International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever (Yellow Card) must be presented to United Airlines within first 10 days of employment at United Airlines.
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 must be presented to interview with United Airlines and again on the first day of employment. The CDC considers people to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    • If you are unable to be vaccinated against either COVID-19 or Yellow Fever due to a medical restriction or sincerely held religious belief, you will need to participate in United's Reasonable Accommodation Process (RAP). We are unable to consider you for employment until this process is complete.
  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position. Additionally, we require availability without any planned absences during the first twelve weeks of employment with United Airlines.

At United, we offer a competitive compensation package with benefits including, but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, life, accident, and disability insurance, employee assistance, paid holidays, defined contribution plan, and travel privileges. Benefits and compensation are governed by the United Pilot Agreement between United and the Air Line Pilots Association.

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