Airfield Operations Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Ensures 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.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Implements airfield safety procedures to ensure a safe operating environment for personnel and aircraft operation.
  • Assists in responding to aircraft and medical emergencies.
  • Manages wildlife on and around airport grounds.
  • Coordinates with agencies such as air traffic control, civil engineers, and command posts to ensure support of airfield management activities.
  • Plans and coordinates airfield construction.
  • Performs and supervises airfield management activities, including mobile airfield management functions.
  • Coordinates communications between air traffic control and maintenance personnel.
  • Trains operations staff.
  • Monitors the arrival, parking, refueling, loading, and departure of all aircraft.
  • Provides aircrews with information and services needed for airfield management and flight planning.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Airport Duty Manager --
  • Airport Operations Coordinator --
  • Airport Operations Manager --
  • Airport Operations Officer --
  • Airport Operations Specialist --
  • Assistant Manager Airside Operations --
  • Flight Follower --
  • Operations Agent --
  • Operations Coordinator --
  • Operations Supervisor --