Profession airport planning engineer

Airport planning engineers manage and coordinate the planning, design, and development programs in airports.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Land use for airport planning

    Thoroughly understand the principles that govern the use of land for human activities within and surrounding airports; take into consideration the impact on natural resources such as water, soil, nutrients and wildlife.

  • Geological factors in airport construction

    Know geological characteristics affecting soil conditions and foundations in an airport, for planning and potential construction and development purposes.


  • Work in an aviation team

    Work confidently in a group in general aviation services, in which each individual operates in their own area of responsibility to reach a common goal, such as a good customer interaction, air safety, and aircraft maintenance.

  • Create an airport master plan

    Compose a master plan for the long term development of an airport; draw graphic representations of current and future airport features.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Execute feasibility study

    Perform the evaluation and assessment of the potential of a project, plan, proposition or new idea. Realise a standardised study which is based on extensive investigation and research to support the process of decision making.

  • Comply with legal regulations

    Ensure you are properly informed of the legal regulations that govern a specific activity and adhere to its rules, policies and laws.

  • Compile airport certification manuals

    Compose and keep up-to-date airport certification manuals; provide exhaustive information on airport facilities, equipment and procedures.

  • Have computer literacy

    Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.

  • Apply airport standards and regulations

    Know and apply the accepted standards and regulations for European airports. Apply knowledge to enforce airport rules, regulations, and the Airport Safety Plan.

  • Compare contractors' bids

    Compare proposals to award a contract in order to execute specified jobs within a prescribed frame of time.

  • Design customised maps

    Design maps taking into account the customer's specifications and requirements.

  • Interact with airport stakeholders

    Meet government officials, environmental experts, developers, special interest groups as well as the general public, airport users, and other stakeholders, in order to assess different services, facilities, and the usability of the airport.

  • Implement strategic management

    Implement a strategy for the development and transformation of the company. Strategic management involves the formulation and implementation of the major objectives and initiatives of a company by senior management on behalf of the owners, based on consideration of available resources and an assessment of the internal and external environments in which the organisation operates.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Manage airport development resources

    Direct allocated resources for the design and further development of airport property and facilities; control the costs, quality and timeliness of important projects for airport improvement.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Monitor aviation growth trends

    Stay up-to-date with aviation growth trends and innovations; understand the key components of the airport's long range development plans.

Optional knowledge and skills

airport environmental regulations manage contracts promote environmental awareness utilise computer-aided software engineering tools conduct airport environmental studies identify airport safety hazards create a work atmosphere of continuous improvement