Airport Engineer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Airport engineers plan and design airfield runways, terminals, hangars, and other airport facility buildings. They make technical decisions about the architecture, materials and specifications. They estimate the costs, request bids from and select the contractors, and manage the projects.
Duties: Design airport terminals, passenger terminals, baggage & freight handling equipment to accommodate airport needs. They decide upon architectural style & materials to be used for construction.

They design runways based on weight and size of aircrafts and prepare material and construction specifications. Provide specifications for future expansion of facilities.

They prepare estimates for proposed construction and request bids from construction contractors. They award contracts based upon assessment of contractors' prices and credentials.

They oversee progress of construction and inspect work to insure it meets specifications. They negotiate construction modifications if needed.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
A.A.S. Architectural Technology 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Starting Salary: Owners of architectural engineering firms specializing in airport design can earn higher salaries.
Salary Range (National Average): $40,000 to $45,000
Growth: Growth
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in architectural engineering, aviation management and transportation engineering is the ideal educational training for this occupation. Courses in civil engineering, aircraft operations, structural engineering, and computer-aided design are essential. Many airport design engineers have a master's degree. Licensing is required.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.