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Airfield Operations Specialists - 53-2022.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Ensure 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • 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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Anticipate aircraft equipment needs for air evacuation and cargo flights.
  • Assist in responding to aircraft and medical emergencies.
  • Check military flight plans with civilian agencies.
  • Collaborate with others to plan flight schedules and air crew assignments.
  • Conduct departure and arrival briefings.
  • Coordinate changes to flight itineraries with appropriate Air Traffic Control (ATC) agencies.
  • Coordinate communications between air traffic control and maintenance personnel.
  • Coordinate with agencies such as air traffic control, civil engineers, and command posts to ensure support of airfield management activities.
  • Coordinate with agencies to meet aircrew requirements for billeting, messing, refueling, ground transportation, and transient aircraft maintenance.
  • Implement airfield safety procedures to ensure a safe operating environment for personnel and aircraft operation.
  • Maintain air-to-ground and point-to-point radio contact with aircraft commanders.
  • Maintain flight and events logs, air crew flying records, and flight operations records of incoming and outgoing flights.
  • Manage wildlife on and around airport grounds.
  • Monitor the arrival, parking, refueling, loading, and departure of all aircraft.
  • Perform and supervise airfield management activities, including mobile airfield management functions.
  • Plan and coordinate airfield construction.
  • Post visual display boards and status boards.
  • Procure, produce, and provide information on the safe operation of aircraft, such as flight planning publications, operations publications, charts and maps, and weather information.
  • Provide aircrews with information and services needed for airfield management and flight planning.
  • Receive and post weather information and flight plan data, such as air routes and arrival and departure times.
  • Receive, transmit, and control message traffic.
  • Relay departure, arrival, delay, aircraft and airfield status, and other pertinent information to upline controlling agencies.
  • Train operations staff.
  • Use airfield landing and navigational aids and digital data terminal communications equipment to perform duties.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assist others during emergencies.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
  • Coordinate flight control or management activities.
  • Meet with coworkers to communicate work orders or plans.
  • Monitor vehicle movement or location.
  • Pilot aircraft.
  • Plan flight operations.
  • Plan work operations.
  • Record operational details of travel.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
  • Train transportation or material moving personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air Operations Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Air Support Operations Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Communications Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Systems Maintenance Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Airborne and Air Delivery Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Systems Helper Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airfield Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Operations Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Operations Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Basic Airfield Services Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Operations, Aviation (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Expeditionary Airfield and Emergency Services Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Expeditionary Airfield Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fixed-Wing Aircraft Crew Chief, KC-130 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radar Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radar Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radar Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radar Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radar Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Air Traffic Control (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Operations, Aviation (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Naval Aircrewman Avionics (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operations Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Senior Air Traffic Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Defense Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • URL - Aviation Warfare Officer, Naval Flight Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • URL - Aviation Warfare Officer, Pilot (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • URL - Aviation, Rating Terminated (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Airfield Management
  • Operations Resource Flight/Jump Management

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Flight-Information Expediter