Knapheide Manufacturing Company is the premier manufacturer and provider of high quality, work-ready transportation solutions serving our customers since 1848. The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is North America’s most popular manufacturer of truck bodies and truck beds.  There are more work trucks on the road today with “Knapheide” stamped on the truck body than any other manufacturer.  We take great pride in providing customers with the highest quality service/utility bodies, platform bodies, gooseneck bodies, dump bodies, mechanics trucks, fuel/lube trucks, and water trucks in the industry. The Knapheide product can be seen around the globe and is produced by dedicated employees through teamwork and excellence here in the USA.

We are currently searching for a full-time captain/first officer to be part of an established Part 91, 2 aircraft operation based in Quincy, Illinois. Our current area of flight operations includes the continental United States, all of Canada, Alaska, and the Caribbean. The applicant will need to be a team player with a strong focus on safety and customer service. Join a hardworking flight department that always strives to safely and professionally meet the travel needs of the company while adhering to a culture of service, safety, and integrity. The successful applicant will be expected to relocate to the Quincy Illinois area.

The applicant must be willing to accept and be responsible for managing all aircraft operations as needed. This includes but is not limited to;

  • Ensure a safe, dependable, and professional experience for all individuals traveling on the aircraft.
  • Maintain a high level of customer service and confidentiality with passengers while maintaining a friendly atmosphere.
  • Supervise the loading of passengers and baggage. Acquaint all passengers with the use of aircraft cabin equipment, emergency procedures, and address all passenger needs and comfort. Review safety issues with passengers at the beginning and ending of flight.
  • Ensuring the aircraft meets all performance and airworthiness requirements
  • Calculating aircraft weight and balance and ensuring the aircraft is operated within its weight and balance requirements
  • Completing and/or assisting other crew member(s) with aircraft preflight duties
  • Ensuring all flights comply with company policies and Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Selecting the safest and most efficient flight routes and airports
  • Establishing contingency plans and alternates
  • Evaluating weather and other factors that may affect the safety, timing or routing of a flight (significant weather events, forecast turbulence, special events, airspace restrictions, air traffic congestion, etc.)
  • Ensuring all required permits and documents are obtained prior to departure
  • Willingness to oversee all aircraft ground support requirements including but not limited to fuel up-loads, hangar or overnight demands for the aircraft or personnel, and other aircraft necessities.
  • Be cognizant of costs associated with the operation of the aircraft which includes overseeing aircraft handlers, fueling, maintenance techs., and adhering to reasonable expenditure’s connected to all flight operations.
  • Work with Corporate Marketing department on flight schedules.
  • Willing to assist in maintaining chart and navigation databases both electronic and paper (as required)
  • Conduct post-flight inspection, cleaning, lavatory service and the purchase/restocking of aircraft supplies as needed.
  • Maintain aircraft appearance and hangar facility
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge base of FAA rules and regulations, aircraft operations and systems, air traffic control procedures. Study current safety developments, techniques, and procedures.
  • Willing to accept further responsibilities as experience allows such as Company SOP’s, RVSM and MEL Manual revisions, and others as needed
  • Responsible for passing annual recurrent training which includes both classroom and simulator training.
  • Other flight department duties as assigned


To perform the essential functions of this position successfully, an individual must be able to demonstrate and provide the following:

  • ALL APPLICANTS MUST Possess an ATP Certificate or a Commercial Pilot Certificate with an A&P Certificate, a Multi-engine instrument rating
  • 2000 hours total airplane time, 1000 hours multi-engine and 200 hours turbine (Lear 45/75 or Embraer 550 type rating/experience a Plus)
  • Possess a current un-restricted, Second Class Flight Physical and FCC License.
  • Possess
    • a current Driver’s License
    • FCC License
    • Current Passport
  • Bachelors of Science Degree (Aviation Preferred) or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational, communication and multi-task skills. Utilize effectively all Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook).
  • Demonstrate a professional appearance and behavior and be exceptionally reliable and timely.
  • Be open to a background check
  • Background to allow Canadian and other foreign operations without restrictions
  • Willingness to comply with all company health and drug testing policies.

We offer an excellent compensation and benefit package, that includes access to free medical care at The Knapheide Family Wellness Center (only applicable to Quincy, IL employees) as well as an opportunity to be part of a successful and growing organization.

Interested candidates should APPLY ONLINE to submit a resume in complete confidence.

Human Resources
PO Box 7140
Quincy, IL 62305


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