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AIRPORT MANAGER                                                    

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Directly responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the operations, construction, and maintenance of airport facilities in accordance with government and commission laws, rules, regulations, and policies. Generally, airport managers possess a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Management and typically five (5) years' of experience in airport operations, airline operations, or any other related fields of airport management.

 

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER   

ATC Tower

Responsible for monitoring and directing aircraft on the airfield. This career is considered a highly stressful job given the importance of maintaining and ensuring the safety of all aircraft. The job generally requires two years of work experience, a high school diploma/GED or a bachelor’s degree, and requires the applicant to pass the pre-employment air traffic control test issued by the FAA. 

 

AVIATION MECHANIC 

Aircraft Mechanic

Focuses on preventive maintenance and ensuring smooth operations by maintaining and servicing the aircraft’s systems and components. Inspections are repetitively performed on based aircraft. Ensuring that these aircraft are safe and functioning is the main priority. Aviation Mechanic requires to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AGENT 

US Customs Officer

As the United States’ first unified border entity, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

 

AIRPORT OPERATIONS  

Airport Operations Aide

Duties include ensuring the safe take-off and landing of aircraft, performing inspections, and communicating with air traffic control.  Airport Operations also develops and implements the airport safety and security policies. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management or any related field.  

 

AIRCRAFT MARSHALLER

Signals pilots to assist them in operations such as turning, slowing down, stopping, and shutting down engines. They often assist in leading aircraft to their parking spots, or the runway. A high school diploma is a minimum requirement for the position. 

 

AIRPORT STRIPING TECHNICIAN 

Airport STripping Tech

This career requires close attention to detail and quality. Strict adherence to FAA marking and standards is important in this field. As a striping technician, the markings are crucial in directing aircraft to and from active taxiways and runways to their gates. Typically, requires a high school diploma and one year of work experience.  

 

AIRPORT ELECTRICIAN  

Airport Electrician

An Airport Electrician is responsible for the installation, maintenance, and repairs of electrical equipment at the airport. Duties also include inspecting the lights on the runways and taxiways and replacing bulbs as needed. A high school diploma and typical five years of experience is required. 

 

AIRPORT POLICE

Law enforcement personnel specifically assigned to perform security functions at airports. Duties include patrolling, investigating, and responding to airport emergencies. Airport Police also enforce general regulations and rules related to the movement and non-movement area and also within secure areas. U.S. citizenship, a high school diploma, and physical/written test are the requirements for this role. 

 

PILOTS

Pilot

Directly responsible for the safe transition of the aircraft and the individuals and/or items onboard. Jobs exist in the commercial airlines, corporations or governments. Some pilots may also be self-employed or work for an individual on a private contract to provide transportation of small aircraft, or private jets. To become a pilot requires training from a certified flight school, certain amount of flight hours, and a medical exam.

 

AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIRE FIGHTING 

ARFF (Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting) crews are assigned to the Airport Station. Additionally, ARFF firefighters respond to structural fires, fire alarms, hazardous chemical spills and releases, and medical calls at airports. A minimum of a high school diploma and seven years of experience of a firefighter is required. 

 

AIRPORT ENGINEER

Airport Engineer

Airport engineers plan, design, construct, renovate, and maintain airports by analyzing survey reports, maps, blueprints, and other data. A bachelor’s degree with work experience and license is required for this type of position. 

 

AIRCRAFT SALES

Aircrtaft Sales

Responsible for applying sales/business strategies and ideas in the Aviation field. Responsibilities include developing sales plans, appraising and evaluating market value. Prior experience in the aviation field with a Bachelor’s degree is preferred. 

 

AIRPORT COORDINATOR 

Laura

Responsible for developing, organizing, implementing, and supervising airport related activities and programs. Oversees lease/rental agreements, occupancy rate for hangars, and conducts marketing of airport events. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation management or Public Administration with two years of work experience. 

 

FLIGHT ATTENDANT 

FLight Attendant

Primary duty is to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers during a flight. Other duties include demonstrating safety procedures, serving food and beverage, and assisting passengers during emergency situations. Minimum requirements to become a flight attendant are a high school diploma/GED, have experience in customer, and possess excellent communication skills. 

 

AIRFIELD MAINTENANCE 

Performs a wide variety of duties to maintain and upkeep the airport facility including ground landscaping, asphalt work, electrical, and operating large equipment. A high school diploma and experience in maintenance is required. 

 

AIRPORT NOISE ABATEMENT OFFICER

Responsible for maintaining and operating an airport noise monitoring system that detects aircraft noise. Other duties include responding to noise complaints and analyzing noise data. The position generally requires a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation and one year of office experience, preferably in an airport setting.  

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