AVIATION TECHNICIAN CLASS PURPOSE To provide technical assistance to counties, cities and federal organizations in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of public use airports and statewide system of navigation aids; conduct annual airport safety inspections; perform related work. GENERAL INFORMATION This position requires statewide travel with extended overnight stay and irregular working schedules approximately 50% of the time. An incumbent may be exposed to aircraft noise, moving machinery, dust, high voltage electricity, and extreme weather conditions. Incumbents must climb towers up to 70 feet high and walk for extended periods of time. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES Airport/aviation design, construction and inspection. Typical responsibilities: directs and conducts inspections of airport records, safety, maintenance and obstruction-marking; negotiates inspection contracts with Federal Aviation Administration; recommends capital improvements and maintenance projects; coordinates and directs construction and maintenance projects; monitors the planning, design and installation of runway lighting systems; reviews applications for new airports, heliports and seaplane bases to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations to determine if adequate unobstructed airspace is available and runway length and width are acceptable; administers navigational aid programs through distribution and installation of airport beacons, reflectors, weather stations, radio systems, wind indicators and runway markings; administers airport materials and replacement parts inventory program; reviews construction and maintenance plans and represents department regarding airports located on federally-owned land; provides information to update airspace facilities directories; develops policies and procedures for division's operational manual on airport planning and development; prepares project inspection and evaluation reports; conducts research and publishes reports on new aviation materials, procedures and navigational aid systems; presents technical aviation training programs to staff and associations; answers inquiries regarding airport conditions and availability of facilities and services; coordinates search and rescue missions. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Good knowledge of: airport and navigation facility design, construction, maintenance, or operation; engineering drafting and surveying techniques; computer-aided drafting design systems. Some knowledge of federal regulations pertaining to airports and aviation facilities. Experience: resolving a variety of problems with aviation and airport systems including lighting, runway markings, and airspace obstructions; interpreting construction and electrical plans and specifications; preparing specifications for construction, electrical, and paving materials and equipment.