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Tucson International Airport Tucson Airport Authority Ryan Airfield


Distinguishing Characteristics:

Under minimal supervision and administrative direction, is responsible for maintaining security overhead lighting, low and high voltage building and airfield electrical systems equipment at Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Ryan Airfield (RYN); ensure that TUS and RYN are in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139 and/or other applicable federal regulations and safety standards, respectively. Provide responsive and exceptional customer service.

Essential Functions:  

The following functions and all other functions not included in this job description are to be performed in the best interests and for the greater good of TAA.

  • Perform preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance repair and alterations on airfield and facilities low and high voltage (up to 480v) electrical equipment; remain in compliance with all FAA regulations and Advisory Circulars, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Standards and other applicable regulations.
  • Follow appropriate policies, practices and procedures; ensure staff utilizes proper tools, equipment and methods to safely complete all electrical tasks; properly use electrical test equipment in the field; ensure that work performed by the department satisfies workmanship standards.
  • Ensure and maintain all electrical equipment and vehicles are in good working order; ensure and maintain the shop areas; perform general preventive maintenance on all ground support and small power tool equipment, maintain all tools required to perform maintenance and repairs, and maintain all TAA owned or leased equipment in a clean and proper manner.
  • Ensure when performing jobs that all required materials and supplies are obtained to complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Read, review and understand technical manuals, repair manuals, blueprints and schematic drawings, Safety Data Sheets regarding chemical substances and safety related information; training documents; and, supply lists.
  • Complete all assignments in a timely and efficient manner; maintain accurate and correct work records for all required functions.
  • Respond to requests for assistance from airport employees, the general public, and tenants, regarding electrical maintenance problems, and equipment malfunctions.
  • Ensure that all personnel closely adhere to TAA’s hazardous waste and environmental programs; ensure and use chemicals in accordance with TAA, federal and state laws, and regulations; clean up job site; remove debris and trash, properly contain, and dispose.
  • Submit reports to supervisor on the repair and/or replacement of equipment.
  • Keep supervisor apprised of work being performed.
  • Research, locate, price and submit appropriate information regarding the purchase of necessary parts and tools.
  • Maintain work records in accordance with department policies.
  • Maintain and accurately account for all TAA owned tools in a clean and proper manner.
  • Respond to emergency situations and needs, as requested; take direction from Incident Command, as directed (emergency management).
  • Perform FAR Part 139 inspection duties, as required, by special circumstances or requested by Airside Operations.
  • Attend seminars and conferences and communicate appropriate information; continually learn and apply the latest up-to-date technical knowledge and skills in functional area of responsibility; take initiative for on-the-job learning experiences, as well as seek out formal education and coursework for continuous growth and development.
  • Be responsive to airport emergencies and situations that may involve loss of human life or property; support public safety and operational response to emergencies; utilize Incident Management System (ICS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS) protocols and procedures; coordinate and/or participate in after-action emergency de-briefing with appropriate departments and stakeholders.

The above listed functions are not necessarily all the essential functions.  Job duties and functions may be expanded or reduced by management based on future changing needs and job requirements.

Position Requirements:

A high school diploma or equivalent; completion from a federally approved electrical apprenticeship program, three years’ field experience, and experience in an airport environment (preferably at a small- or medium- hub FAR Part 139 airport is desirable).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Materials, means and methods of electrical systems, control and grids.
  • Equipment and tools used in the electrical trade.
  • Electrical code 70E, Safety in the Workplace.
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAR Part 139, Advisory Circulars (AC’s), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Standards.
  • The organization-wide mission and goals, and how these relate to division, department, team, and individual projects and initiatives.

Skill in:

  • Organization, oral, written communication and critical thinking.
  • Self-motivation and taking initiative to complete quality work that furthers the mission and goals of the department and TAA.

Ability to:

Environmental Conditions

  • Work in high-noise environment; and extreme seasonal weather.

Mental Requirements

  • Interpret and analyze complex technical data and information for decision-making and reporting purposes, including decision-making in stressful
  • Remain focused and decisive in stressful situations; use sound and effective judgment.

Physical Requirements

  • Perform tasks with a full range of bodily movements, including lifting, moving, pushing, standing (for periods of two to three hours at a time), walking, reaching, stretching, bending, kneeling, twisting, and crawling.
  • Perform repairs that require regular and prolonged bending, and pulling of equipment on irregular surfaces; climb/work at heights of up to 40 feet, using small or large tools to repair equipment.
  • Lift large, bulky, heavy items, including various equipment parts weighing up to 80 lbs. with or without assistance, and/or using equipment (dollies, lifts).
  • Have hand dexterity to maintain a strong grip to hold objects firmly for extended periods of time (tools, equipment, etc.).
  • Communicate in English via telephone, radio, and cellular telephone, in a high noise environment, with sufficient clarity to be understood by
  • Distinguish colors by a practical test in all lighting conditions of standard airport lighting system colors and Air Traffic Control Tower light-gun signals, and identify fuel grade color code markings, and actual samples of various fuels.
  • Hear and understand through both ears, sounds coming through a radio, a standard telephone receiver, or other outside sound
  • Read, write, and speak the English language in an articulate, fluent manner, ability to speak Spanish or another second language is helpful, but is not required.

General Requirement

  • Work assigned shifts, including day/evening/weekends/holidays, subject to overtime and on-call, as required.
  • Operate any airport vehicle or equipment, whether standard or automatic, including pick-ups and lift-trucks, as necessary.
  • Be sensitive and aware of actions and reactions of employees, tenants, and outside agencies, and inform supervisor of appropriate concerns, as necessary.
  • Perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail, with mature judgment, function in compelling, high stress, fast-paced work environment, with deadlines and multiple projects; initiate and organize responsibilities without supervision, and to take independent action relative to work problems requiring immediate
  • Research information and organize data in meaningful form, make sound judgments, draw accurate conclusions, and make appropriate
  • Use Microsoft office software, and various office machines.
  • Establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with department personnel, other TAA personnel, and outside
  • Exercise effective customer service and public relations practices and
  • Maintain discreet and professional sense of confidentiality; understand that dissemination of information outside of job requirements is based on “need-to-know” and will subject employee to loss of employment and/or criminal
  • Engage in self-improvement activities, and
  • Understand own strengths and weaknesses; seek input from supervisor and peers about how to improve, and to focus on continuous self-improvement activities.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

  • Obtain Class B Commercial Drivers Permit with airbrake endorsement within one month of employment.
  • Obtain and maintain a Class B Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) within four months of employment.
  • Obtain and maintain the ability to drive airport vehicles on the Non-Movement Area and Movement Area of the Air Operations Area.
  • Must obtain and maintain access to the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA).
  • Must successfully earn AAAE ACE Airfield Lighting certification within one year of employment.
  • Must successfully complete the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100, 200, 700 and 800 course requirements and certification within 24 months of employment.
  • As an employee, you are deemed to be essential personnel as part of TAA’s emergency response, and must respond to airport incidents as requested/required.

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Tucson Airport Authority
7250 South Tucson Boulevard, Suite 300
Tucson, AZ 85756
(520) 573-8100