Profession aviation ground systems engineer

Aviation ground systems engineers are in charge of supervising the maintenance of the equipment of the airport, for example, the visual aids, airport electrical systems, luggage systems, security systems, pavements, drainage, maintenance of unpaved areas and equipment and vehicles.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Levels of software testing

    The levels of testing in the software development process, such as unit testing, integration testing, system testing and acceptance testing.

  • Global navigation satellite system performance parameters

    Know the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) performance parameters, and the requirements that an GNSS system should possess in specific conditions.

  • Ground segment

    Know the ground-based infrastructure necessary to support the operation of satellites, including the operation of spacecraft in orbit; receive and process satellite data.

  • Hardware architectures

    The designs laying out the physical hardware components and their interconnections.

Skills

  • Analyse software specifications

    Assess the specifications of a software product or system to be developed by identifying functional and non-functional requirements, constraints and possible sets of use cases which illustrate interactions between the software and its users.

  • Utilise computer-aided software engineering tools

    Use software tools (CASE) to support the development lifecycle, design and implementation of software and applications of high-quality that can be easily maintained.

  • Measure software usability

    Check the convenience of the software product for the end user. Identify user problems and make adjustments to improve usability practice. Collect input data on how users evaluate software products.

  • Carry out research on ground systems

    Conduct research on ground systems and hardware; research the fields of encryption, networking, and mass storage.

  • Test ground system performance

    Develop test strategies for complex software and hardware products; include troubleshooting and system support; calculate system performance.

  • Read 3D displays

    Read 3D-displays and understand the information they provide on positions, distances, and other parameters.

  • Supervise maintenance activities in airports

    Supervise airport staff during operational and maintenance activities such as aeroplane refuelling, flight communications, runway maintenance, etc.

  • Use ICT equipment in maintenance activities

    Maintain or fix equipment by using information technology equipment such as monitors, computer mice, keyboards, storage devices, printers or scanners.

  • Possess visual literacy

    Interpret charts, maps, graphics, and other pictorial presentations used in place of the written word. The graphics used vary from process to process; therefore, the professional must have sufficient knowledge of the field in order to follow and use the information presented.

  • Execute software tests

    Perform tests to ensure that a software product will perform flawlessly under the specified customer requirements, using specialised software tools. Apply software testing techniques and tools in order to identify software defects (bugs) and malfunctions.

  • 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.

  • Solve ICT system problems

    Identify potential component malfunctions. Monitor, document and communicate about incidents. Deploy appropriate resources with minimal outage and deploy appropriate diagnostic tools.