Category: Airport Maintenance

“The best we can be” | Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting at GPIA

At every U.S. airport with airline service, there is an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) team comprised of specially trained firefighters to handle firefighting, rescue and operational incidents of jet-sized proportions.

At Glacier Park International Airport, Fire Chief, Troy Glasman, is focused on keeping his team response-ready and at the top of their game.

“We want to be the best we can be,” says Glasman.

Glasman has been serving the Flathead Valley as an emergency responder for decades, with more than 25 years of firefighting background. A former West Valley volunteer fireman, he worked his way up to become the West Valley Fire Marshal and then moved into a position with ARFF at Glacier Park International Airport.

Keeping the GPIA ARFF team response-ready 24/7 all year round takes time and dedication. The team coordinates runway maintenance, reports on runway conditions 24/7, manages wildlife interactions at the airport (remember last year’s black bear event?), responds to emergencies at the airport, and provides mutual aid for emergencies outside the airport boundaries.

Glasman takes the ARFF role as a community resource seriously, and it’s reflected in his dedication to local partnerships.

“The airport is on the forefront of some important resources, like pushing forward a Rescue Task Force program,” Glasman says.

A Rescue Task Force is a nationally recognized model that lays a blueprint to organize, prepare and mobilize local emergency services, law enforcement, hospitals, and fire departments in a crisis.

In a rural area with many small communities, Glasman knows coordinating all these services is a challenge. “But I’m looking forward to setting up our team, and local partners, so we’re ready to go when needed,” he adds.

For all his clear dedication to the ARFF mission and GPIA passenger safety, Glasman does hold one thing above work.

“Family, that’s the most important thing in my life,” he says.

He and his wife came to Montana with two young children and added two more after they moved to the state. Now, Glasman enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking with his family (most recently summiting Great Northern), and is looking forward to the birth of his second grandchild.

Glasman might be as smart as he is brave. When asked for his favorite spot to eat in the Valley, he immediately and confidently responded: “my wife’s kitchen.”

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.

Invitation to Submit: Request for Qualifications and Project Proposal

INVITATION TO SUBMIT: FLATHEAD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND PROJECT PROPOSAL

ARCHITECT/ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR AIRPORT TERMINAL EXPANSION

The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority (“FMAA”) invites the submission of a Statement of Qualifications and a Project Proposal from firms to provide professional engineering services for the design and construction administration/inspection of an airport terminal expansion project. Request for Qualifications (RFQ)/Request for Proposal (RFP) and contract documents may be obtained by email request to rfp@glacierairport.com written request to the above address, or by written request from the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, Administration Office, 4170 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell MT 59901.

Statements of Qualifications and Project Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 PM MDT on October 26, 2018 in the Administration office of the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, Glacier Park International Airport, 4170 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell Montana 59901.

Firms must present evidence that they are fully competent and have the necessary facilities, experience, and resources to fulfill the conditions of the agreement which will ensure a high standard of service is afforded FMAA. Firms should have extensive knowledge and experience in airport terminal design, construction, and Federal Aviation Administration policy and design guidelines to be considered qualified. Consideration shall be given to such matters as integrity, record of past performance, technical resources and accessibility to other necessary resources. FMAA reserves the right to reject any applicant which, in FMAA’s opinion does not have adequate qualifications. FMAA reserves the right to terminate selection proceedings at any time.