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Ground Operations Technician


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Qualified applicants may apply on our website by downloading an application packet at, or may apply in person at Covington City Hall, 2194 Emory Street, Covington, Georgia 30014. This position will remain open until filled. The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The primary function of an employee in this class is to assist in the day-to-day operations and duties associated with the safety, operations, maintenance and security of the City of Covington's Municipal Airport.  This employee may be called to respond to emergencies and must be able to work overtime including nights and weekends as required.


•    Assists in maintaining the Covington Municipal Airport to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and advisory circulars for airport operations;
•    Responds to aircraft emergencies (working with Fire, Police, Air Traffic Control, and the FAA), facility equipment failure, airfield navigational aids, airfield lighting failures, building/structure emergencies, pavement failures, hazardous incidents and related emergency situations;
•    Performs a wide variety of maintenance and repair work for airport buildings, hangars, pavement, airfield lighting, security lighting, security fencing, aviation fuel storage and dispensing, as well as other facilities and grounds;
•    Performs daily inspections of all airport safety, security and operational areas and equipment including runway and taxiways, airfield lighting, parking aprons, hangars, terminal buildings, fuel storage areas and perimeter fences and gates for compliance with Federal, State and local airport rules and regulations;
•    Maintains, repairs, troubleshoots and inspects high voltage constant current airfield lighting systems; airfield constant current regulators, runways, taxiways, obstruction lighting, navigational aids, airfield signage along with various security and general lighting on the airport for safety;
•    Maintains paint striping on all runways and taxiways for both aircraft and ground maintenance and service vehicles;
•    Maintains, repairs, and inspects building and grounds including painting, mowing, irrigating, carpentry, weed control, and related duties;
•    Assists with issuing Notices to Airmen (NOTAM's) to report activity or conditions affecting flight operation;
•    Communicates daily with air traffic control and pilots with VHF radio equipment;
•    Keep airport pavement free of foreign objects and debris;
•    Assists the public; responds to routine questions or complaints, or requests for service, initiates problem resolution;
•    Performs duties to monitor and enforce security regulations, fire and life safety codes and vehicle operation and parking rules; 
•    Provides aircraft towing and emergency removal or coordinates activities;
•    Perform daily aviation fuel inventory, distribution system, monitoring systems, quality control and completes weekly fuel sales report;
•    Assists in training courses that may be required by different agencies;
•    Maintains work records, including complaint resolutions, maintenance and repair logs, vehicle inspection forms, daily work logs, FAA inspection records and other documentation;
•    Notifies pilots, tenants and businesses of work being performed; responds to questions or complaints, notifies affected users of outages, or requests for service, initiates problem resolution;
•    Performs various administrative duties such as; issuing access control cards;
Operates and performs inspections on all vehicles and heavy equipment including but not limited to: tractor & attachments, fueling trucks and service vehicles;
•    Performs general cleaning/maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment, and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting equipment, checking fluid levels, replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, washing/cleaning equipment, or cleaning shop/work areas; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety;
•    Performs general cleaning of inside of building(s) and all public areas; Cleans and sanitizes restrooms and replenishes supplies as needed.
•    Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

(A)    High school diploma or GED equivalent; and
(B)    Must possess valid Driver’s License
(C)    Experience in aviation fuel storage and dispensing highly recommended
(D)    Three (3) years’ experience in ground and facilities maintenance and operations; and
(E)    Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform this job

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•    Knowledge of airport facility and ground maintenance procedures and equipment
•    Knowledge of carpentry, painting and basic electrical and plumbing;
•    Knowledge of airport operations, maintenance, and security;
•    Knowledge of federal aviation administration (FAA) rules and regulations governing general aviation airport maintenance and operation
•    Knowledge of aviation and emergency radio communication procedures and techniques;
•    Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, materials, and tools used in maintenance, installation, repair, and modification of electrical systems;
•    Knowledge of hazards and safety precautions associated with aircraft operations,
•    Knowledge of high voltage airfield lighting systems,
•    Knowledge of aviation fuel systems,
•    Knowledge of environmental regulations for hazardous materials and spills;
•    Knowledge of federal osha and state and county regulations
•    Skill in operating the listed tools and equipment.
•    Ability to follow written and oral instructions;
•    Ability to maintain and repair general and specialized airport facilities and equipment;
•    Ability to learn and apply emergency response procedures related to aircraft/facilities incidents and accidents and procedures for notification to regulating authorities;
•    Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations in order to calculate quantities, trends, times, distances, measures and weights;
•    Ability to keep alert and aware at all times to prevent injury or accidents;
•    Ability to operate aviation and emergency radios;
•    Ability to read and interpret maps, blueprints, diagrams, technical specifications, operational manuals and regulatory publications; 
•    Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
•    Ability to interpret, apply and stay current on changing federal, state, county, and local guidelines and regulations pertaining to airport operations and maintenance;
•    Ability to operate and coordinate daily activates in close proximity to both large and small aircraft, corporate jets, high performance aircrafts, student pilots in restricted areas of the airport;
•    Ability to prepare reports, including work orders, activity reports, inspection reports, and maintenance logs;
•    Ability to communicate effectively with the public, contractors, airport tenants, and other employees. 


Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet and related data base; motor vehicle; phone; mobile radio; Any equipment related to painting, mowing, irrigating, carpentry, weed control, and related duties.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee should have sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, operate aviation and emergency radios, discern emergency warnings and alarms, and understand department and safety rules and regulations; Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, comprehend written work instructions and work orders, technical manuals and related diagrams, and move through unfamiliar buildings and work sites; and Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a personal computer, operate equipment, operate hand and power tools, and make repairs and adjustments to equipment.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and must have sufficient body flexibility, mobility, stamina, and balance to perform maintenance and repair operations that require bending, stooping, kneeling, stretching, and other physical exertions including, working under vehicles, climbing and working on ladders and power lifts, on building roofs and towers and in an airport environment.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in an outdoor environment that may involve exposure to adverse weather conditions, aviation and vehicular traffic, and related hazards including low to medium electrical voltage, the use of power tools and equipment, and hazardous chemicals and materials.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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