An airport engineer, otherwise known as an airport planner, works in conjunction with architects and contractors in the design of airports and runways. He or she supervises all phases of the construction to be certain that the work is completed according to plan. The airport engineer may also design improvements or expansion for an existing airport. Some of the design work may include transportation systems, security systems, and public parking. The airport engineer or planner is usually responsible for dealing with zoning or real estate issues. They may also be the one in charge of scheduling deliveries of construction materials.
Working in the airline industry is exciting, and many enjoy working behind the scenes.
Some projects or construction phases may require working nights or weekends.
Airport engineers must understand and be familiar with civil and airport engineering and operations. This includes airport hangers, lighting, terminals, transportation systems, waste systems, taxiways, runways, and traffic control. Job candidates should have a proven record of airport project experience. Candidates should be proficient in CAD or AutoCAD software.
Job candidates should have a four-year degree in civil engineering, urban planning, transportation engineering, architecture, or environmental geology. Employers prefer engineers to have FAA certified training in safety and airport operations, environmental planning, or engineering. Two to seven years of work experience in engineering is usually required.
Some training will be on-the-job.
Salary and Benefits
Benefits may include paid vacation, dental and life insurance, sick leave, and retirement plan.