Los Angeles World Airports has appointed Ralph Morones director of construction and maintenance.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the city agency that operates the city’s airports, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Ontario.

Morones has more than 33 years of experience with the City of Los Angeles and will lead an organization with more than 1,300 employees in 95 job classifications, a city source says.

He has served as director of airports maintenance at Ontario International Airport (ONT) since 2000 where he was responsible for an annual budget of $22 million, including 122 service and material contracts.

He directed the activities of 192 employees through five subordinate supervisors, engaging in aspects of building, airfield, grounds fleet maintenance and custodial activities.

Morones began his city career by working at the Department of Water and Power for ten years as an instrument mechanic.

He transferred to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and worked there for seven years before becoming a customer service supervisor at the Department of Public Works for seven years.

He returned to LAX in 1997 and was promoted to airport maintenance superintendent.

In May 2000, he was promoted to director of airports maintenance at Ontario.

He attended Los Angeles Harbor Junior College from 1973 to 1974, studied controls technology at Long Beach City College from 1980 to 1982, and studied airport pavement at University of Texas, Austin in 2000.