Homer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2240 posts, RR: 15 Posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1675 times:
Anyone who works at Continental's System Operations Control Center, how do you get to be a flight dispatcher? What kind of background/experience do they require (work, degree, etc.) and what kind of training do they provide?
Just wondering, I've always found that aspect of airline ops very interesting...thanks!
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A340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1570 times:
As far as getting to be a flight dispatcher, you first need to go through a dispatcher course, be it at Sheffield/FLL, AFDTC/DFW, etc., and get your license upon completion.
Getting into CO's SOCC as a flight dispatcher, you need to have at least 1 year of experience with COEX as a dispatcher, or 2 years as a dispatcher with another company. Also, if you're a current CO employee, you are also eligible for a transfer in if you hold a dispatcher license and do well at the interview. Degree not required, but it helps.
Once into the SOCC as a dispatcher, at least pre 9-11, you start off as an assistant dispatcher, spend anywhere from 1 week to 18 months depending on expansion/openings, etc., dispatching the mx test flights, entering notams and helping with the daily schedule within the office amongst other duties.
When an opening occurs, you begin likely as a relief domestic dispatcher and eventually after a full year of dispatching domestically, you're eligible for international dispatch.
Hope that helps
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