Month: August 2019

From the Big Sky to the Big Apple- Fly Direct!

Air service at Glacier Park International Airport continues to expand. American Airlines announced a direct flight to LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens, New York. Additionally, seasonal American flights to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago (ORD) will switch to larger aircraft.

“The GPIA team is excited to welcome this new service next summer,” said Rob Ratkowski, director of the Glacier Park International Airport. “We appreciate these expanded opportunities to make a great first and last impression on new visitors to the Flathead Valley.”

Flights to LGA will be weekly on Saturday, with seasonal service set to begin on June 6, 2020. Seats will go on sale September 1, 2019 at www.aa.com.

“National parks are a huge attraction for many families,” said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning for American Airlines. “As soon as school’s out next year, our customers will have more than 145 weekly flights to Montana to choose from.”

Now served by planes with 76 seats, DFW and ORD service is increasing passenger capacity by nearly 50% by switching to 160-seat planes. American says they have expanded services based on the success of this year’s new service to Glacier National Park Airport.

“Demand is clear for more flights and more seats,” said Ratkowski. “It’s our responsibility to meet the demands and we’re working towards an improved passenger terminal every day.”

Glacier Park International has seen a 33 percent increase in passenger volumes since 2014. Looking ahead, Glacier Park International Airport is planning to add 40,000 square feet to the existing terminal, expanding the ticketing, baggage and waiting areas while also adding additional gates to better accommodate increased passenger volumes.

Work with Us! Maintenance Electrician Assistant

Position:  Maintenance Electrician Assistant

Reports To:     Maintenance Supervisor

Pay Rate: $20/hour

Purpose of Position

Under direct supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor, the Maintenance Electrician Assistant performs ordinary and customary installations, modifications, additions and repairs in accordance with MCA 37-68-103 (2) to ensure the efficient and continuous operation of airport-owned electrical and electronic systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is distinguished by the following work elements:

  1. Electrical and electronics repair and maintenance
  2. Ancillary maintenance

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 The following duties are normal for this classification.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Electrical and electronics repair

  • Diagnoses and repairs malfunctioning electrical and electronic equipment
  • Monitors and repairs electrical and electronic components of building and airfield
  • Cleans, maintains and repairs lighting and other airfield systems
  • Installs conduit, raceways, cable trays, electrical power equipment, controls, fixtures, and other associated items
  • Performs preventative maintenance and calibration to electrical and electronic components
  • Orders electrical and electronic supplies
  • Assists in developing project specifications

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities

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

  • Repairs, inspects and maintains airport-owned facilities, machinery, equipment, and property
  • Operates a variety of heavy and light equipment
  • Operates snow removal equipment
  • Performs debris removal as necessary
  • Cleans shop, work areas, and equipment
  • Provides airfield escorts as necessary
  • Picks up parts from vendors
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

 The following training and education, or any combination of the two that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities, is required for this position:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to successfully complete TSA background check
  • Ability to successfully complete pre-employment physical including drug screening
  • 2 to 4 years of experience in performing industrial/facility electrical maintenance duties
  • Good working knowledge/experience with both parallel and series high voltage circuits
  • Low voltage cabling experience

The following training and education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, are preferred for this position:

  • Montana Electricians license
  • Experience running scissor and bucket lifts
  • Experience with PLC’s, motor control, and airfield lighting installation or maintenance

Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication

Ability to assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data and information, following a prescribed plan.  Ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure and/or sort data and information.

Ability to advise and interpret how to apply policies, procedures, and standards to specific situations.

Ability to utilize a wide variety of descriptive data and information such as regulations, engineering drawings, airfield condition reports, specifications, diagrams, maps, maintenance manuals, safety training materials, maintenance records, time cards, and general operating manuals.

Mathematical Ability

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide. Ability to use formulas and equations used in the electrical trade.

Judgment and Situation Reasoning Ability

 Ability to use functional reasoning and apply rational judgment in performing influence functions such as instructing and leading.

Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory and/or judgmental criteria, as opposed to criteria which are clearly measurable.

Physical Requirements

The following physical requirements apply to the position:

  • Ability to operate equipment and machinery requiring complex and rapid adjustments, such as trucks, snow removal equipment, fork lifts, compressors, generators, hoists, jacks, electrician’s tools, small hand tools, etc.
  • Ability to perform strenuous activity with the ability to occasionally lift and transport 80 lbs.
  • Ability to coordinate hands, eyes, feet, and limbs in performing skilled movements.
  • Ability to exert required physical effort to perform moderate to heavy work typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.
  • Ability to recognize and identify similarities or differences between colors, shapes, sounds, odors, and textures associated with job-related objects, materials, and tasks.

Working Conditions

Work environment is dictated by activities at the airport.  Extended periods in difficult work environments may occur as a result of emergency conditions or inclement weather.  Work is frequently performed outdoors.  The position is subject to work outside traditional hours, emergency callout, and extended operating days.  The position occasionally involves working in a hazardous environment.  Some business travel is required.