Have you ever wondered what it's like to work at an airport, especially in a role focused on safety and operations? We had the opportunity to sit down with an Airside Safety Officer at Brisbane Airport to gain insights into their day-to-day experiences and the unique challenges they face.
What is it like working for Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC)?
Working for BAC is incredibly exciting. The vision of "connecting the world and creating the future" creates an energy that makes you want to be a part of it. No matter your role at BAC, you're drawn into this dynamic journey of constant growth and improvement. I've felt incredible support in my career transition from headquarters to airside. My managers and peers helped me set and achieve my career goals, providing training and guidance to get me into my current role.
Tell us how you got your start in the aviation industry?
I began my journey in the airport sector with Tiger Airways as ground crew, later transitioning to Jetstar ground crew and eventually becoming a port trainer at Brisbane Airport. This extensive aviation experience eventually led me to a career with Brisbane Airport Corporation.
What does a day in the life of an Airside Safety Officer look like?
There's no such thing as a typical day in this field. We work 12-hour shifts across a 24/7 roster. Our primary responsibility is safety and compliance. We ensure the safety of the airfield and runway system, manage wildlife hazards, look for foreign objects that could affect aircraft safety, and clear the runway of any obstructions.
Tell us about the most rewarding part of your job.
The most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity to engage with various stakeholders, including terminal operations, Aviation Rescue Fire Fighters, and the Air Traffic Control tower. It's fulfilling to understand their roles and connect with them throughout the day towards the same common goal – getting passengers where they need to go – safely.
What is your most memorable experience from your time working at Brisbane Airport?
One of the most memorable experiences was witnessing the opening of the Brisbane’s New Runway (BNR). Watching a massive sandpit being constructed into a fully functional runway was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I'm so proud to have been a part of it.
How does your role contribute to the overall success of the airport?
Our role is all about safety. Without our team keeping the airfield safe, the airport would not be able to operate. Safety for all is the number one priority.
Tell us about some of the opportunities for career advancement you’ve experienced.
The aviation industry offers a range of roles and potential career changes. Throughout my career I’ve worked with airlines, training airline crew through to community engagement for Brisbane Airport and now Airside Operations. It’s important to discuss your career development goals with your managers and peers to let them know where you want your next role to be. You need to the captain of your own professional development.
What makes the airport industry a unique and exciting field to work in?
The airport industry is unique because it's constantly changing and offers a dynamic work environment where no two days are the same. It's also connected to travel, holidays, and adventure – who doesn’t want to be a part of that!