An FAA architect designs, plans, and oversees construction of new and renovated airport structures including air traffic control towers, traffic centers, flight service stations, Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities, FAA offices and buildings, and other aviation facilities. Architects work with engineers, FAA management, government agencies, contractors and others at various points within the process from start to finish. As an FAA architect gains experience, he or she is often promoted to increasingly difficult and challenging projects.
The job of any architect can be stressful and challenging, but one who works for the FAA must also take into account the complicated needs of an aviation facility, commercial airlines, concessionaires, and the flying public.
Candidates for the position of architect must have an attention to detail, understand and follow complex directions, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. An architect is a leader but must also be able to work as part of a diverse team.
Applicants must be United States citizens. An architecture, architectural engineering, environmental design, or related degree is necessary, or a combination of education and work experience or training. A thorough understanding of architectural theory, methods, principals, and design as they apply to building and renovating structures is necessary. Professional landscape architecture work is not considered acceptable work experience, nor is interior design. Candidates for the position of FAA architect must be familiar with the newest architectural building materials, methods, equipment, and processes.
Some training will be provided on the job.
Though a standard workweek is common, occasional overnight travel may be necessary.
Salary and Benefits
Benefits include life and health insurance, competitive salaries, retirement programs, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days.
$37,200 – $85,600