Top 40 Under 40: Joshua Wussick

Joshua Wussick has spent his entire adult life “living” aviation. He started in 1997 at the bottom working on the ramp loading bags and mail early in the morning; while still in high school! Upon graduation he started flight training and now holds a commercial pilot certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings.

He says, “I flew on a Pan Am Boeing 747 from Los Angeles to Sydney as a young child and remember the experience vividly. I have been hooked on aviation ever since!”

Wussick earned a degree in aviation administration from California State University, Los Angeles. While earning his degree, he worked for FedEx Express in air cargo operations. His next stop was at Long Beach Airport working as an airport operations coordinator. He then started his career at HNTB as an aviation planner in the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) office where he worked on advanced planning studies for terminal expansions in San Diego and at LAX.

He then went to Colorado to work as an airport planner/environmental specialist with Armstrong Consultants. The highlight of his time at Armstrong included completing an airport master plan, obtaining a Finding of No Significant Impact for an Environmental Assessment and obtaining a Clean Water Act Section 404 Individual Permit for wetland mitigation at the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport in Utah.

Wussick has since rejoined HNTB as the deputy project manager for HNTB’s on-call planning contract with the Houston Airport System. In this role, he coordinated the development of the $2.4 million Program Definition Manual for Terminal D at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Committed to shaping future aviation professionals, he remains involved with his alma mater. He participates as an aviation expert panelist for the aviation program’s senior seminar course.

His advice to students hoping to make their mark in aviation is: “Get your foot in the door and stay patient; you will not get your dream job right out of school but if you hang in there and work hard your dream job will find you!”