Airport Operations Specialist

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport Limited is a rapidly growing international gateway for affordable travel, and the largest overnight express freight airport in Canada.

The Airport is owned by the City of Hamilton and managed under an agreement by TradePort International Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vantage Airport Group – an industry leading investor, developer, and manager of airport assets. This allows Hamilton International to incorporate best-in-class practices from around the world into its operations. As an efficient facilitator of cargo and passenger operations, John C. Munro Hamilton International is an economic engine and responsible community partner. Its strategic location and uncongested 24/7 operations make it an attractive option for both passenger and cargo carriers looking to serve the Southern Ontario market.

Role Summary:

This role provides a cross of the existing Equipment Operator and Fire Officer positions. Its purpose is to maintain Hamilton International Airport facilities, grounds and equipment in accordance with Transport Canada regulations; operate a variety of heavy and light equipment for landscaping, or to remove snow, ice and other debris from airport surfaces, as well as respond in aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) apparatus equipment when in emergency situations.


  • You must have graduated grade 12 plus two years’ related training and experience in the operation of a variety of equipment with levers and switches in confined spaces or congested areas.
  • You must possess an Ontario Driver’s License Class DZ or equivalent
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a license for Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical Qualification (ROC-A)
  • Hold or can obtain and maintain the appropriate level of Airport Security Clearance
  • Hold or can obtain and maintain Airside Vehicle Operators Permit (AVOP)
  • Extensive firefighting experience is required; NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1001 Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications would be considered an asset
  • Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) education and experience is imperative
  • Must have current Standard First Aid Training and First Responder
  • Follow written instructions in order to perform a variety of tasks such as operating vehicles or assisting on trade or craft type work. Must be able to use simple arithmetic and complete reports or logs. Understand and follow directions, both oral and written; verbal and non-verbal communication skills are required.
  • Must be able to work (occasionally) in extremely adverse conditions.

Applicants may be required to complete each of the following before hiring:

  • Aptitude test
  • Medical and Clinical Assessment
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • Personal interview.

Authority: No direct reports

Essential Functions:

  • Operates equipment such as combination of snow plow and runway sweeper, snow blower, dump trucks, front-end loader, backhoe, tractor with 20 foot attachment, graders, lawn mowers, weed sprayers, trimmer and paint machines for road striping.
  • Maintains on-going communication with air traffic controller when airside.
  • Monitors and reports airside conditions such as snow accumulation.
  • Operates hand and power tools.
  • Attaches and detaches accessory pieces of equipment.
  • Maintains airside runways, taxiways, aprons and groundside streets, sidewalks, parking lots and grounds.
  • Accompanies contractors and service person for airside repairs.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and minor repairs such as cleaning and servicing of equipment.
  • Performs minor building maintenance.
  • Performs electrical and lighting maintenance such as replacing modular components; makes minor repairs to building electrical systems.
  • Performs repairs to sewage systems, lift stations and storm sewer systems.
  • Performs water main and minor indoor plumbing repairs.
  • Performs animal control.
  • Performs other duties as assigned that are directly related to the major responsibilities of the job.
  • Operates crash, fire and rescue equipment to ensure the safety and protection of life, property and the environment. Respond to all emergency calls at the airport facilities, establishing incident command, and exercising control over the emergency; until external agencies take over incident command, or incident is stopped, and a return to normal operations occurs.

Reporting Relationship: Manager, Facilities and Maintenance

Note: The preceding information is intended to be representative of the work performed by incumbents in this position and is not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of position responsibilities.

It is a condition of hire that candidates must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the current Public Health definition of “fully vaccinated”. If successful to this position, the candidate will be required to provide written proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start date. In the event that the successful candidate is unable to be vaccinated as a result of a medical or religious exemption, they will be required to submit supporting documentation to determine if they are exempt per the Airport’s policy.

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to by September 30, 2022.

Hamilton International Airport is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner, consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, equal opportunity, and integration. Hamilton International is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse workforce. Accommodation for applicants with disabilities will be provided by contacting Human Resources.