Airfield Operations Specialists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.1% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Airfield Operations Specialists Do

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.

Other Job Titles Airfield Operations Specialists May Have

Airport Operations Coordinator, Airport Operations Officer, Airport Operations Specialist, Flight Follower, Operations Agent, Operations Coordinator

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Airport Operations Supervisor ,

Houston Airport System

Everyday is different. Our operations is 24 hours with 3 shifts covering that. We do what is called a self inspection on each shift, where we inspect runways and taxiways to ensure they are safe for aircraft operations. Somethings we look for are potholes in concrete that could damage aircraft, wildlife that needs to be mitigated, proper water drainage. We also respond with the fire department to aircraft emergencies and act as incident commanders.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.

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