Job Description

Overall Job Objective



$131,857 to $192,805; and $139,206 to $203,559
  1. Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.
  2. Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to vacancies in the lower pay grade positions.
A Chief Airports Engineer plans, organizes and directs the work of employees engaged in performing all engineering work in the Los Angeles World Airports; develops overall engineering plans and specifications and assists management in developing general plans and policies for the Los Angeles World Airports; applies sound supervisory principles and techniques in building and maintaining an effective work force; and does related work.


  1. Four years of full-time paid professional engineering experience in a class at the level of Civil Engineer in the design of airports rated as medium or large hub airports; or
  2. Three years of full-time paid experience with the City of Los Angeles as an Airport Engineer; or
  3. Two years of full-time paid professional engineering experience in a class at the level of Senior Civil Engineer; or
  4. One year of full-time paid experience with the City of Los Angeles as a Senior Airport Engineer; or
  5. One year of full-time paid engineering experience as a Project Manager III with the City of Los Angeles which provides for the appropriate bonus and experience in planning, directing, and controlling the activities of airports-related engineering projects and programs.
  1. For qualifying experience gained outside the City of Los Angeles, "professional engineering experience" applies to positions that require possession of a Professional Engineering (P.E.) License in order to obtain that position.  Therefore, to be considered "professional," non-City experience must be gained in positions after obtaining a P.E. license.
  2. Registration as a Civil Engineer with the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologist is required prior to appointment.
  3. Applicants who lack six months or less of the required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met.
  4. Some positions may require a valid California driver's license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).


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Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.

Applications must be received by THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019.
In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Los Angeles City Promotional applicants who meet the minimum requirements. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to apply for this examination as a promotional candidate; 2) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles on a part-time or exempt basis who meet the minimum requirements; 3) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on a random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applications submitted during the filing period may be kept on file in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.


Examination Weight: 
Essay: Advisory

Interview: 100%
The examination will consist entirely of an interview. In the interview, the following competencies may be evaluated: Innovation, Supervision, Fiscal Management, Interpersonal Skills, Credibility, Written Communication, Program Responsibility, and Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: development and maintenance objectives related to airport changes; new developments in aviation technology; airport facility and equipment requirements; technical terminology used in airport design and construction; methods and material used in construction and maintenance of airport facilities; sources and availability of information related to airport engineering; residential community sound abatement procedures; principles and practices of airport planning and design; principle and practices of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, structural engineering, and information technology; structure and function of the various organizations of a major airport; public purchasing policies and procedures; metropolitan government agency programs for minority, women, and disadvantaged business enterprises; applicable codes with regards to building and fire protection; safety regulations, including OSHA and FAA requirements; and other necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Additional job analyses information can be obtained by going to and clicking on Competencies under Chief Airports Engineer.
Prior to the interview, candidates will be required to prepare some written material related to the duties and responsibilities of a Chief Airports Engineer. This essay material will not be separately scored, but will be presented to the interview board for discussion with the candidate and for consideration in the overall evaluation of the candidate. The advisory essay will be administered on-line. Candidates invited to participate in the examination will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the specific steps on how to complete the on-line advisory essay, and will be required to do so by the date provided in the instructions sent to them via e-mail. Candidates who fail to complete the on-line advisory essay may be disqualified. It is anticipated that the on-line advisory essay will be administered MARCH 11, 2019 to MARCH 18, 2019.
Candidates will be notified by e-mail of the date, time, and location of the interview, which will be held in Los Angeles. It is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of APRIL 22, 2019 to MAY 3, 2019
  1. This examination is based on a content validation study.
  2. The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list.  However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credits, than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding 0.1 of a point seniority credit for each year in the qualifying position(s), the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such open competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates.
  3. Appointments to this class are subject to a one-year probationary period as provided by Section 109 of the City Charter.
  4. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at
  5. Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met.  Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
  6. A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
  7. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to file on a promotional basis.
  8. If in accordance with the Rule of Three Whole Scores all applicants are eligible for appointment consideration, the examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of the candidates' City employment applications by Personnel Department staff to ensure that minimum qualifications have been met.
  9. In conjunction with Civil Service Rules, applicants who have received a regular appointment to a City position or are on a reserve list will be considered Promotional candidates while all other applicants will be considered Open candidates.
If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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