This career field encompasses a range of duties and responsibilities associated with keeping airports in safe and secure operations. Positions are found in both public airports and in the military. Airport operation workers oversee duties that include such areas as runway lighting and control, aircraft and other vehicle movements, safety and security, and the coordination of various emergency services and responses required at airfields. Some more specialized operations include wildlife control and dispersal, aircraft refuelling, ice and snow removal and dealing with chemical or hazardous spills or accidents.
- Completion of secondary school education
- Background or experience in areas of health and safety, maintenance, security services
- If focusing on a particular specialty area, specific certifications or training may be required (e.g. Workplace Health and Safety, Hazardous materials handling)
Health and safety are large elements of this career, requiring various certifications and training to ensure knowledge and regulatory compliance.
While different specialties may require specific training or certification, the ability to be physically fit, lifting and moving, high level of reading and comprehension, background in maths and science, and attention to detail in areas of safety, accident prevention, health standards and regulations.
- Airside Operators
- Airport Workers
- Airfield Workers