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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5707

Class Designation: Civil Service 

October 2003

Representation Unit: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association


Airport Operations Supervisor


Under direction, supervises the staff and daily operations of the Torrance Airport. Duties include supervising staff; managing resources; coordinating contracted work; and enforcing airport rules and regulations. Performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Deputy Public Works Director (Operations) in that the incumbent is not responsible for planning and directing the entire division. This class is distinguished from subordinate positions by its responsibility for supervising and managing the personnel and activities rather than performing the skilled work and manual labor of the projects. Work is judged primarily on overall results with latitude in determining work methods and assignment requirements. Work may require the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives supervision from the division manager; exercises direct supervision over subordinate personnel.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.

  • Plans, coordinates and supervises the daily operations of the Torrance Airport; ensures adequate staff to cover 17 hour work shifts of airport operations and security; oversees the collection of fees; and prepares and maintains operational records.
  • Assists customers, pilots and the general public who call, use and/or visit the airport; provides information regarding airport operations, runway length, wind conditions, etc.; and explains airport rules and regulations and ensures compliance with same.
  • Supervises staff; supervisory duties include instructing, assigning, planning and reviewing work, evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations, coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees, implementing employee discipline, providing training, advice and assistance as needed.
  • Inspects and evaluates airport grounds, equipment and facilities including building, lights, fences, pavement and landscaping; identifies needed repair, replacement and maintenance; estimates costs; prioritizes and assigns work; and coordinates work performed by outside contractors.
  • Inspects the work in progress and upon completion, including work performed by subordinate staff and by outside contractors; ensures quality and compliance with FAA regulations, standards, and safety requirements; and approves project completion.
  • Manages assigned resources; identifies needed materials, supplies and equipment; prepares purchase requisitions as needed; and prepares administrative reports and submits to appropriate City personnel including budgetary and vehicle reports, timesheets, payroll documents, work sheets, airport tour records, etc.
  • Responds to airport emergencies as needed, including those emergencies that occur during off duty hours; and directs personnel in airport emergencies.
  • Examples Of Other Duties

    While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

  • Conducts tours of the airport as requested.
  • Prepares written and oral reports on airport operations as needed.
  • Performs work of Airport Workers as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned .
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of

  • Airport operating policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Principles, practices and techniques of airport operations and maintenance activities including safety practices used in airport construction and maintenance activities.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and employee relations.
  • Ability to

  • Supervise subordinates including training, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, counseling and disciplining staff, and processing grievances.
  • Prioritize and assign work; and to manage assigned resources including budgets and inventory.
  • Inspect airport equipment, facilities and grounds; to identify needed repairs and maintenance; and to plan, coordinate and supervise airport construction and maintenance work.
  • Assist and provide service to pilots, airport customers and the general public; and to explain and enforce airport rules and regulations.
  • Operate all airport equipment and related tools, including modern office equipment, computers and software applications.
  • Establish effective working relationships with City officials, contractors, employees and the general public.
  • License or Certificate
    None required.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    High school diploma or GED; supplemented by vocational/technical training in airport operations and safety; and five (5) years of airport operations experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

    Special Requirements

    Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (20-45 pounds).
    Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds. Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability.
    Environmental Factors: Tasks may risk exposure to dust, pollen, machinery, odors, fumes, vibrations, and temperature and noise extremes.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training, course work and required certifications may serve to meet the minimum qualification guidelines for Streetscape Manager, Sanitation Services Manager or Deputy Public Works Director (Operations).