Airport Operations Officer Trainee/I
City of Abilene - Abilene, TX

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Under general direction to perform both emergency and non-emergency functions including in-service training, simulated crash conditions, and studying aircraft firefighting techniques.

Please preview supplemental questions. This position requires completion of a Basic Structural Fire suppression training program equivalent to the TX Commission of Fire Protection Standards, which the City of Abilene does not provide. To be considered for this position YOU MUST already have the certification.

Examples of Duties:

Responsible to the Airport Operations Manager for the day-to-day operation of the Airport Fire Station and Operations Office.

Responsible for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) operations. Assists with the coordination of mutual aid efforts with the City of Abilene police and fire departments, as well as other responding agencies.

Assists with and participates in planning of the Tri-Annual Aircraft/Airport Emergency Disaster Exercise, Annual Table-Top Disaster Drill, Tri-Annual Aviation Security Exercise and Annual Aviation Security Table-Top Drill.

Conducts daily and nightly airfield and facility self-inspections to comply with FAR Part 139 certification criteria. Maintains and archives required records related to FAR Part 139 compliance.

Conducts airfield security patrols, escorting services, debris removal (FOD), tenant notification and general housekeeping duties.

Operates and maintains Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles and related firefighting equipment.

Attends in-house training workshops on: Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, Airport Operations for compliance with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection; FAR Part 139 and Airport Security CFR 1542 requirements.

Assists in maintaining an active maintenance file and status on all Operations and ARFF vehicles and equipment, reporting discrepancies to the Airport Operations Manager or the Assistant Airport Director. Maintains NOTAMS, Operations/Airfield Inspection Logs, and other division documents.

Assists in performing inspections of tenant fuel farms, mobile refueling equipment, fire extinguishers as per the NFPA 407, FAR 139, City of Abilene, and Airport Rules and Regulations.

Prepares and maintains division reports and files, and ensures that all operations records are administered and organized per division specifications.

Ensures tenant compliance with the Airport Security Program. Performs airfield security perimeter patrols on a routine basis and random security badge checks. Secures and opens the passenger terminal facilities daily.

Assists with performing safety walk-through inspections of all airport buildings including hangars, structures, office complexes, etc.

Performs other varied duties and responsibilities as assigned including participation in directing airport tours and in other public relations efforts.

In the absence of airport management, performs all duties associated with the safe and efficient operation of the airport.

Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge of:
State and Federal Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting regulations.
Airport emergency and security procedures.
Occupational safety and safe driving principles and practices.

Skill to:
Operate a variety of emergency and rescue vehicles, equipment and tools including ARFF vehicles, self-contained breathing apparatus, gas powered saw, generator, minor hand tools, and two-way radios.
Safely operate a motor vehicle including ARFF equipment per the equipment operating manual.

Ability to :
Perform Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting duties.
Respond to airport emergencies and determine the proper course of action.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Meet the moral, physical, and training requirements established by the City of Abilene.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Values.

Supplemental Information:

Experience and Training Guidelines :
Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Experience :
Airport Operation Officer Trainee is an entry level position and no previous experience is required.
Airport Operations Officer I is also an entry level position. One year of previous experience at a municipal airport is preferred.

Education/Training :
Requires a High School diploma or a GED.

License or Certificate:
Must have completed a Basic Structural Fire suppression training program equivalent to the TX Commission of Fire Protection Standards , which the City of Abilene does not provide. Visit for more information.

Emergency Care Attendant certification by the Texas Department of Health.
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) certification approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
A valid Texas Driver’s license to operate AARF equipment.

Special Requirements :
Must pass security background check.
Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, and climb.
Ability to lift up to 90 pounds.
Exposure to cold, heat, noise, inclement weather, vibration, confining work space, chemicals, explosive materials, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards.
Ability to travel to different sites and locations.
Must be available for shift work, on-call work, and stand-by duty.
Ability to participate in staffing the airport’s 24-hour operation requirement.

AOO Trainee – Must have the ability to obtain the following certifications:

Emergency Care Attendant issued by the Texas Department of Health and the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) issued by the TX Commission of Fire Protection.

AOO I – Requires possession of all of the above certifications.

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