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Sr Airport Planner

  • Job reference: NA-002503
  • Sector: Aviation
  • Location: Nashville, Houston, Denver, Tampa, San Diego
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 3rd largest global design firm by ENR in 2018 with nearly 55,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Aviation Group in either our Nashville, TN, Denver, CO or Houston, TX office as a Sr Airport Planner.


The Senior Airport Planner is responsible for performing advanced planning duties in research, development, and implementation of aviation programs, projects and studies. Role will include supervision, training, and direction to subordinate staff as well as direct client coordination and project management.


  • Directs the technical production of planning assignments and staff
  • Coordinates with project manager, designers and other disciplines to complete project work
  • Conducts field surveys, investigations, and collects data in support of airport planning studies
  • May work on airport master plans, airport layout plans, feasibility studies, geometry studies, land use planning studies, airspace analysis, and public involvement and outreach activities
  • Provide advice, technical assistance, and written recommendations on airport planning studies
  • Respond to requests for data and information from internal staff and external clients, organizations, various agencies, and the public
  • Prepare scopes of work, fee proposals, and coordinate subconsultants
  • Review technical work performed by other project team members
  • Guide concept development plans for airfield, terminal, commercial properties or ground transportation facilities
  • Prepare presentations for dissemination of technical information to clients, stakeholders and the public

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Planning (civil engineering, airport planning, urban planning) or related field. Master's or graduate level technical coursework preferred. This level may be achieved by Planners with seven years experience since Bachelor's or six years since Master's. Typical incumbent has 8-10 years' experience. 

  • 7+ years relevant experience in Airport Planning 
  • Extensive knowledge of FAA guidance, especially Advisory Circulars and Orders related to planning as well as TRB ACRP resources
  • Experience with developing Airport Master Plans and the Master Plan process
  • AutoCAD experience
  • Experience managing the preparation of Airport Master Plans and Airport Layout Plans
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) 
  • Extensive knowledge of analytical techniques and related tools including statistical, spreadsheet, database, simulation, and spatial/graphical analysis applications (AutoCAD, REVIT, GIS, AviPlan, etc.)
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work collaborative in a fast-paced team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and lead technical staff
  • Adaptable and flexible to changing priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to travel

  • AICP Certification desired

  • Experience in forecasting aviation demand, to include commercial service and enplanements preferred
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices, methods, and principles utilized in strategic planning, infrastructure and facilities planning, and operational research for airports preferred
  • Ability to apply advanced professional knowledge of the principles of management, business, marketing and administration in directing, supervising, and coordinating complex airport planning projects preferred
  • FAA pilot certificate or flight experience preferred

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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