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User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

Hey all,
I might be getting a job working in the ramp. I've never done ramp before, just up at the counter and some flight ops. I know ramp's more physically demanding than check-in or boarding. Other than that, what are some of the UPS and the DOWNS.

- Corpsnerd09

[Edited 2004-05-14 15:47:03]

[Edited 2004-05-14 15:47:25]


If you really want to do it, you will find a way; if you don't, you'll make excuses.
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User currently offlineNWB757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4154 times:

Getting to work with the aircraft is the best, I think....

User currently offlineYhz78 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4130 times:

I think the biggest UP is getting to spend the summer outside all the time. Of course the biggest DOWN is getting to spend the winter outside all the time.


Canada Rocks! From the west coast to the best coast!
User currently offlineN405MX From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1378 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4096 times:

It´s good to work in the ramp, except for cold and rainy days  Sad
I agree with NWB757300, it´s great to work with the aircraft, also you learn a lot.
Don´t forget your earplugs...



Life is what happens when you have other plans.....
User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2448 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4069 times:

Look at it this way...the planes don't talk back.  Wink/being sarcastic

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

Nice reply XJRamper! I never thought of that!

I'm more fascinated with planes than I am with the airlines, so I know that's a big UP for me. As for the winter, the job is at MIA, so... not much of winter to worry about. I think the coldest temperatures we get are in the late 30s (F)... and that's on a bad winter day! Right now... May 14th at 11:22 a.m. it's 79F! As for rain, I can deal with rain. But then, I shouldn't talk until I experience it. What are some types of jobs that ramp people do, other than just load baggage? (If there are any?)



If you really want to do it, you will find a way; if you don't, you'll make excuses.
User currently offlineSpoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

Corpsnerd109, hope you get the opportunity to plug into the ramp gig. Just a very serious suggestion from someone who spent nearly a decade ramping: ALWAYS keep your head on the swivel and concentrate on your S.A.(situational awareness). There are so, so many things that can bite your a** out there on a daily basis. If you keep this in mind, you'll have a blast AND keep yourself in one piece !

User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1503 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3995 times:


Corpsnerd,
Good luck on the ramp, it is a lot of fun. When I used to work the ramp,many moons ago, we would do everything from pushing back the aircraft, dump the lavs, fill the potable water tanks, start the Ground power unit, crank an Air Start, drive Stair trucks to the aircraft. Always remember to test the brakes
of the vehicle you are driving BEFORE approaching the aircraft!!
As mentioned above, make sure you have ear protection and keep an eye out
for aircraft around you.



Cargo doesn't whine, moan, or complain
User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

What type of things? (that can bite you a**).




If you really want to do it, you will find a way; if you don't, you'll make excuses.
User currently offlineSpoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

Oh, just silly things like spinning props, jet blast, vehicle equipment malfunctions (as Garudarod suggested, check your vehicle brakes BEFORE you approach an aircraft), other ground support vehicles suddenly and unexpectedly turning corners, or coming from blind-spots and crashing into you, getting sucked into an engine..... just your basic, everyday hazards. You know, things like that...

User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

Do any of the airlines ever hire part time for ramp workers? Granted right now is probably not a good time for hiring but i would not mind doing ramp work part time...Lawyer by day...Ramp agent by night  Big thumbs up


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineSpoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

7E, as a matter of fact, as far as I know, part time is the ONLY pay scale currently being offered by airlines for ANY type of employment (non management). Part time employees don't have to be granted benefits (or at least greatly REDUCED benefits), and of course, the hourly wage will probably be in the $7.00 to $9.00 an hour range. Please keep in mind that ANY airline employment is based on seniority - new employees are assigned to what shift is currently open re their low company time.

User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

I would go for it...it would be some extra money and i would be at the airport up close and personal  Big thumbs up


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

Getting sucked into the engine?????

Does that happen a lot?



If you really want to do it, you will find a way; if you don't, you'll make excuses.
User currently offlineJetblast737 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

No it does not happen a lot,but allways remember to never approach an aircraft untill the red beacon stops flashing,that is how the crew tell ground staff a/c is safe to approach.

jetblast737  Smile


User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3770 times:

I think the ramp would be so much more fun that the ticket counter. I did contract work for CO and US at MSN before US pulled out and CO went to their own employees as part of their 'union' agreement. I absolutely loved working the ramp in the winter, because the baggage holds are so hot and the cold air outside more than makes up for it. The planes don't talk back, which is a major plus. Its always fun if you get a good group of people to work with. I had 2 girls, and 2 guys on my crew for my shift and it was an absolute blast.

HAVE FUN and KEEP COOL!



Hey Obama, keep the change! I want my dollar back.
User currently offlineFlyIguy1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3751 times:

Ok the down side is that you have to work in all kinds of weather and the insides of those airplanes especially the bag pits get EXTREMELY hot. Throwing bags isnt really all that fun. People pack their bags ridiculously heavy sometimes and then complain when its handle is broken off. Working with all the airplanes is cool but you really have to know what youre doing and always be careful. I've seen people get hurt quite often because of not really paying attention. Winter sucks for obvious reasons. But other than that I love it and wouldnt wanna do anything else. Having fellow agents who know what theyre doing also makes a HUGE difference. Here at TYS and with most other stations we're cross trained.. meaning we not only do the ramp work but also do some dispatch, a lot of computer work and have to deal with passengers fairly often and I swear people just get dumber when they fly i dont know what it is but they do some stupid things. Anyway... other than all that i love it and wouldnt wanna do anything else.  Smile

User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

Watch for the tounges on the bag carts... If your rolling a full cart down a slight hill, lean back against the cart to slow it........ don't get in front of it and push back..... I broke my hand doing that. NOT FUN!


Hey Obama, keep the change! I want my dollar back.
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

Ah yes, nothing like nearly passing out in the bin of a 737 in the middle of summer after loading 100+ bags.

On the other hand, it's a great way to lose weight, as in the two summers I worked on the ramp, I lost about 30 lbs the first summer (gained half of it back in the winter), and about 15 the next summer. Maybe I need to go back and try to get hired as a ramper...........


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

what is the job market like for those positions??


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3648 times:

what is the job market like for those positions??

It really depends on the airline (or third party ground handler) and the airport. You're more like to have openings at hubs as opposed to outstations, and third party handlers (like DAL Global Ground, ATS, Swissport, AGI, et. al) do tend to have high turnover rates due to various factors (some ramp related, some not). Some airlines are always hiring at their hubs because of the turnover rate (ASA @ ATL always seems to have a new class of rampers on OJT every week.), but not all airlines are hiring at their hubs. That's why checking their websites can sometimes give you a heads up on a position that may not be posted in any newspaper or other job search site.


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

the only airline that really has a "hub" at IND is ATA...


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3010 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

Best part is transferring bags to another airline. If you are lucky, you will be able to drive the cart all over the tarmac!


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User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

Awww... I'm small framed, if I do get hired, I bet they'll be sticking me in the belly! In the Miami summer time, when the temperature average is 99F... yeah, that's not going to be fun. But, I like the advice, the job is appealing more and more to me now. I liked flight ops, but I got bored sometimes waiting for planes to call in, and it was annoying to have had just sent the W&B to the gate, when the Supervisor decides to let a last minute passenger with 4 bags on. As for counter and gates, I liked it as long as there were no big flight delays.

I'm actually looking forward to loosing some weight, I need a free workout.



If you really want to do it, you will find a way; if you don't, you'll make excuses.
User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

that would be cool. I do like it when boarding outside and going up the stairs like PIE  Big grin


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
25 Av8trxx : The best part about the ramp? Easy- pushing back the jets! If you are really good and gentle, they will never feel you start rolling or stop. At some
26 HPCMHPHX : Other carriers may go international and fly bigger planes, but they sure don't take care of their employees nearly as well or give them as many free b
27 US AIRWAYS : Does Southwest hire part-time rampers? I thought I saw somewhere that they only hire full time, and aren't really flexible with their schedules. I'm a
28 Pilotpip : Drink lots of water! Second, always follow safety procedures no matter how stupid they sound. Every one of them was put in place because somebody wrec
29 Freon : Damnit, I wish I lived closer to an airport. You all have me convinced that, other than captain, this is the best job in the industry. Once I start co
30 Post contains images Asuflyer05 : Without sounding repetitive YV is hiring in PHX and a handful of other locations. My training class starts tomorrow. I chose ramp over CSR because I w
31 HPCMHPHX : Asuflyer: Looking forward to seeing you out there. I'll have to stop by on Wednesday and yell at ya.
32 Asuflyer05 : @ HPCMHPHX: Shoot me an email. Maybe we can get together when I actually start working at the airport. Matt
33 Emorypilot : I'm an Emory student. Right before classes let out for summer there was a posting on one of our boards about Delta hiring summer baggage handlers and
34 Av8trxx : "Does Southwest hire part-time rampers? I thought I saw somewhere that they only hire full time, and aren't really flexible with their schedules." I t
35 Mastodont : The best UP: taking ramp photos! I don't know about the States, but at ARN you're allowed to bring your camera inside, except for when there's a state
36 Elwood64151 : Srbmod: I've also been on the ramp-agent weight-loss program. 30 lbs from Nov 2001 to Jan 2002, and 15 lbs before NJ went under in July. but I just do
37 Post contains images N405MX : In some countries photos are forbidden (like here in Mexico, maybe the US because of the 9/11). Get the job, you won´t be disappointed
38 KaiGywer : XJ is hiring at MSP, BRD, BJI, ATY as far as I know. MSP is both full and part time, while the others I'm not sure about, as they are seasonal positio
39 Corpsnerd09 : This trend is doing pretty good... The job's actually at MIA, not FLL... which is good because I'm going to be dropping the whole Tri-Rail deal. Not W
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