• Airport Planner, Sr.

    Job Locations US-FL-Orlando
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    As part of the planning team, the primary responsibilities of the Sr. Airport Planner will be to manage the airport planning activities ranging from small to large projects addressing airport development, air traffic control, and land use needs. The planner will develop the preparation of master plans and other planning projects, including inventory, demand/capacity analysis, airfield and terminal planning, facility requirements, alternatives analysis, capital improvement programs, and Airport Layout Plans.


    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (may include but are not limited to):

    • Participates in the development and preparation of Airport Master Plans, Airport Master Plan Updates, Airport Layout Plan sets, and Airport Property Inventory Maps.
    • Conducts project feasibility studies, develops conceptual plans and layouts, evaluates alternatives, and prepares cost estimates for airport and airline facilities.
    • Writes, prepares, and edits planning documents, plans, and exhibits.
    • Reviews airport and tenant initiated projects to ensure compatibility with Airport Master Plan and land use policies.
    • Monitors off-airport land use trends; conducts land use studies to optimize development of airport property.
    • Responds to height/hazard and zoning issues and inquiries related to property development.
    • Prepares proposals and makes presentations to clients and prospective clients.
    • Seeks out new clients and projects to pursue and assists with the marketing efforts of these projects.
    • Reviews and evaluates feasibility of short and long-term airport development projects and issues involving land use, terminal, and roadway improvements and capacity; evaluates compatibility of proposed development with FAA guidelines and airport design standards.
    • Coordinates planning studies between airports, the FAA, airlines, and other tenants.
    • Works with consultants conducting short and long-range airport planning studies; develops study design and schedule; supervises and monitors study progress.
    • Assists in the planning phase of some engineering projects.
    • Prepares documents for approving agencies such as FAA and FDOT applications.
    • Develops and manages project scopes, schedules, and budgets.
    • Researches, collects, and analyzes data in preparation and production of technical documentation, graphics and exhibits.
    • Coordinates project requirements with clients, sub-consultants, public agencies, permitting agencies, and other affected parties to achieve project goals and objectives.
    • Edits documents to ensure composition and contextual accuracy, proofreading typed data ensuring proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar usage.
    • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading legal and professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations.
    • Remains current on industry-related legislation and developments, implementing any changes to policies and notifying team members as necessary.
    • Develops and maintains department policies and procedures, ensuring compliance, and consistent administration.
    • Maintains work results of direct reports through coaching, planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
    • Represents firm through conferences, seminars and professional organizations, developing personal contacts in the industry, and effectively communicating firm core services.
    • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned by management.
    • Some travel may be anticipated commensurate with skills, development, and client needs. 


    • Bachelor’s degree in airport planning, airport management, engineering, architecture, transportation, or related field.
    • A minimum of 5+ years’ experience as an Airport Planner with strong relationships within the airport community.
    • Experience in the use of AutoCAD as a planning tool, required.
    • Experience in teh use of Civil 3D as a planning tool, preferred.
    • Familiarity with GIS, preferred. 
    • Experience using Transoft Solutions AviPLAN (PathPlanner and AeroTURN), preferred.
    • Familiarity with NEPA requirements, required.
    • Proficiency with MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word, and MS PowerPoint, required. 
    • Familiarity with Photoshop, desirable.


    • Proficient knowledge of airport planning principles and design standards.
    • Proficient knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations relating to airport development.
    • Strong understanding of state/federal funding processes.
    • Strong technical knowledge in state and municipal design requirements and regulations.
    • Knowledge of the principles of urban planning and zoning.
    • Knowledge of correct English usage including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.
    • Strong track record of delivering robust and high quality analytical work.
    • Must be able to read, interpret, and use approved standards and client-supplied documentation.
    • Strong technical writing skills.
    • Leadership capabilities to motivate and manage.
    • High level of professionalism and enthusiasm. 


    • Valid drivers’ license and maintenance of satisfactory driving record.
    • AICP or Professional Engineer licensure, highly desired.


    There may be supervisory responsibilities associated with this position.



    Due to the collaborative nature of this position and accessibility for in-house client meetings, it is important that this position physically work in the office.



    Work usually takes place in a clean, pleasant, and comfortable office setting. Site visits may occasionally take place in an outdoor environment.



    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit for long periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.



    Not applicable



    Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.



    AVCON, INC. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, AVCON complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment at every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


    AVCON expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of AVCON’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


    Founded in 1988, AVCON, INC. (AVCON) is a Florida-based, full-service engineering and planning firm specializing in transportation, facilities, development, and aviation projects.  As a growing firm, AVCON continually looks for talented engineers in the civil, structural, electrical, and mechanical disciplines.  AVCON has a staff of over 80 professionals and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida with regional offices in Niceville, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.  AVCON has been ranked as one of Central Florida’s largest engineering firms by the Orlando Business Journal consecutively since 2007.


    AVCON’s projects include facility master plans; pavement evaluation and design; power distribution, building lighting, and electrical systems design; security and low-voltage electrical design; airfield lighting and navigational aids evaluation and design; airport hangar and terminal developments; traffic assessments and roadway design; utility coordination and design; drainage and stormwater improvements; residential and commercial site planning and design; HVAC, pluming, and fire protection design; and structural inspections and design. 


    AVCON prides itself on partnering with clients, colleagues, and peers in Transforming Today’s Ideas into Tomorrow’s Reality.


    NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that AVCON does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AVCON will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AVCON explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AVCON.


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