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Airfield Operations Specialists

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Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel dispatching using airfield landing and navigational aids implementing airfield safety procedures monitoring and maintaining flight records and applying knowledge of weather information.

    Work Activities
    • Implement airfield safety procedures to ensure a safe operating environment for personnel and aircraft operation.
    • Assist in responding to aircraft and medical emergencies.
    • Manage wildlife on and around airport grounds.
    • Coordinate with agencies, such as air traffic control, civil engineers, or command posts, to ensure support of airfield management activities.
    • Plan and coordinate airfield construction.
    • Perform and supervise airfield management activities, including mobile airfield management functions.
    • Coordinate communications between air traffic control and maintenance personnel.
    • Train operations staff.
    • Provide aircrews with information and services needed for airfield management and flight planning.
    • Maintain air-to-ground and point-to-point radio contact with aircraft commanders.
    • Maintain flight and events logs, air crew flying records, and flight operations records of incoming and outgoing flights.
    • Use airfield landing and navigational aids and digital data terminal communications equipment to perform duties.
    • Coordinate changes to flight itineraries with appropriate Air Traffic Control (ATC) agencies.
    • Anticipate aircraft equipment needs for air evacuation and cargo flights.
    • Monitor the arrival, parking, refueling, loading, and departure of all aircraft.
    • Procure, produce, and provide information on the safe operation of aircraft, such as flight planning publications, operations publications, charts and maps, or weather information.
    • Relay departure, arrival, delay, aircraft and airfield status, and other pertinent information to upline controlling agencies.
    • Receive and post weather information and flight plan data, such as air routes or arrival and departure times.
    • Receive, transmit, and control message traffic.
    • Collaborate with others to plan flight schedules and air crew assignments.
    • Conduct departure and arrival briefings.
    • Post visual display boards and status boards.
    • Coordinate with agencies to meet aircrew requirements for billeting, messing, refueling, ground transportation, and transient aircraft maintenance.
    • Check military flight plans with civilian agencies.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $40,490/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.47/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 280
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Independence
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    Tags
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