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What Exactly Is A Ramp Coordinator?  
User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1560 posts, RR: 18
Posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12477 times:

Seeking the assistance of fellow A.netters in the know...

I've been invited to interview with China Eastern at LAX for a 'Ramp Coordinator' position. My undestanding, though somewhat rudimentary, is that this position oversees all ramp functions while the MU flight is at the gate (i.e. fueling, catering, baggage/cargo load/offload, cabin cleaning, etc).
Can anyone share further details or experiences? What kind of airline industry background might a candidate need?

Thanks for any and all replies!


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User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 680 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 12435 times:

It differs from airline to airline, but basically you are correct. The position has been called ops rep, ramp rep, etc. At most airlines this person must be W&B qualified in the equipment type. Some airlines have maintenance oversee fueling while others simply train the fuelers to their own specific program. You should have a very good working knowledge of what goes on out their on the tarmac. If not, you can end up hurting yourself or even worse hurting someone else. It can get very hectic, especially during bank t/a's. Good luck on the new job.
Ed



Ed
User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 12401 times:

Clipper, thank you so much for the reply! From what I've garnered, I'd be responsible for everthing below-the-wing, except maintenance related issues.


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User currently offlineLegendDC9 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12287 times:

Not to sound mean or anything, but if you are interviewing for a ramp coordinator position with in Int'l carrier aren't you supposed to know what a ramp coordinator is already?

User currently offlineSpoke2Spoke From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12259 times:

Would this position typically be salaried, or a union by the hour job. Does the job look for or require higher education?

Also, in general, what would a ramp coordinator make per year? It sounds like a very interesting position.

Spokes



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User currently offlineVSMike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12232 times:

Clipper is absolutely correct. Sometimes, the Ramp Coordinator has his hands in above-wing activity and passenger convienences as well... Basically to oversee/supervise the entire turn-around, and settle issues as they occur.
Very time sensitive. Get ready for the rush!!

Best of luck,
VSM

[Edited 2004-12-06 18:37:07]


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User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12194 times:

"Not to sound mean or anything, but if you are interviewing for a ramp coordinator position with in Int'l carrier aren't you supposed to know what a ramp coordinator is already?"

I'm assuming your question isn't rhetorical. Of course I could answer by saying I've looked at the job description.

My previous airline experience has been with domestic carrriers - AA and UA - and a couple of contract ground handlers. And though I'm quite familiar with the practices of AA and UA, I think I'd be loathe to equate that with familiarity with ALL carriers.



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User currently offlineN405MX From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1378 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 12141 times:

Ops Rep, mmm (Representante de Operaciones), here in MEX to be one you need a license, also certified on weight and balance for the aircraft, sometimes you can dispatch any airplane, sometimes only the ones of the company, depends on the practice, mostly you do it by computer, but you have to be ready to do it manually.

Here in MEX ground handling is done by SEAT, they do weight and balance, cargo load, etc, but still the airline has their own ops personnel (just in case.....).

Here the Ramp Coordinator is the one that checks for available positions at the airport, checks that the luggage arrive and also is the one that ensures that the fuel truck is there when the airplane arrives.



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User currently offlineB757lvr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 12120 times:

Hey Aaway, you would think by some of the very nasty comments some people make here, that this was not a forum to discuss aviation questions and news etc.

"Not to sound mean or anything, but if you are interviewing for a ramp coordinator position with in Int'l carrier aren't you supposed to know what a ramp coordinator is already?"


Anyway, the position as outlined by some members above varies from carrier to carrier. I worked as a ramp coordinator for a ground handling company and my tasks included passenger services as well as ramp service; most of my time I spent on the ramp monitoring fuel, loading and offloading and laising with passenger service. The key was to make sure all the activity resulted in a smooth, quick and safe turn around. Although, I am sure every carrier will have their own requirements. Good luck to you, it's a very exciting job that keeps you on the go!


User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12100 times:

B757lvr,
..."you would think by some of the very nasty comments some people make here, that this was not a forum to discuss aviation questions and news etc."

Yessirreee! But of course, a.net is really just a microcosm of the industry...never a dull moment!

Thanks to all for your replies. I've interviewed and was offered the position. Thanks for helping me prep!



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