Airfield Operations Specialists
On the Job
Airfield Operations Specialists are responsible for making sure airplanes take off and land safely. They may coordinate communication between air traffic control and maintenance workers. They may implement safety procedures, or monitor flight records.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
- Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
- Meet with coworkers to communicate work orders or plans.
- Pilot aircraft.
- Record operational details of travel.
- Monitor vehicle movement or location.
- Plan flight operations.
- Plan work operations.
- Train transportation or material moving personnel.
- Coordinate flight control or management activities.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working in a closed vehicle or equipment.
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
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