Airway Transportation Systems Specialist

Maintain an airport’s electrical and communications equipment.
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Salary Range
$37,000 – $68,000

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What do Airway Transportation Systems Specialists do?

A seagull, soaring high in the sky, uses wind currents and weather patterns to stay aloft. A Pilot relies on a complex network of electrical and mechanical systems embedded in an airplane to do the same thing. And, on the ground below, Air Traffic Controllers rely on even more complicated systems to track that Pilot. An Airway Transportation Systems Specialist keeps these mechanical and electrical components working.

Some Airway Transportation Systems Specialists work exclusively on systems that are housed in one single airport. Others spend a significant amount of time traveling to work on equipment that is miles away from the airport.

When you’re an Airway Transportation Systems Specialist, almost every major system is under your control, including power distribution, backup power, air heating and cooling, radar, and communications. In order to maintain all of this equipment properly, you keep a detailed list of when each system was last inspected, and what was found during that inspection.

Using this list, you plan your day. If a component has not been inspected for many months, you pack up your tools and perform a detailed check, running the system through its paces and looking for problems. You fix small issues yourself, but major breakdowns are passed along to Technicians.

If a system fails or begins to act up, you drop what you’re doing and head out to diagnose and repair it. Often, you have contingency plans in place so you can take a portion of equipment down and repair it without causing delays or annoyances.

Should I be an Airway Transportation Systems Specialist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to Become an
    Airway Transportation Systems Specialist

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