Christeljs From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 533 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6149 times:
Could anyone tell me all in all the jobs there is on an airport that has to do with the actual aircraft. I want to work with planes, it's just that I want to work on the tarmac itself and I don't know what I want to do. All I know is that I want to work there! What sort of degrees do you need (if any). Thanks!
BradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week ago) and read 6131 times:
Depending on what job exactly you want to do, the grades, qualifications can vary from none to lots.
I had various interviews with english employee's before I left school last week and things like baggage handlers require no qualifications but thinks like dispatcher and airfield operations require qualifications.
I am not 100% sure on this but I hope you get the job you want
Well now, jobs at the airport are many and varied indeed. If you've no experience in working at an airport previously then the best thing to do get started is probably as a baggage/ground handler or in the airport itself as a customer services representative for one of the Handling Agents. From there, it's going to be a case of working yourself up the ladder.
Education, in the traditional sense is only really applicable to office based environment. If you want to work "on the factory floor" let's say, then I've supplied a couple of links below. Also, you might want to check the Airport Authority's website for vacancies as well as some aviation employment based websites. Again, I've posted a couple of links below.
I note in your profile that you're "somewhere in the UK". Where exactly are you and I may be able to guide you further?
Additionally, I can tell you that as a result of massive expansion at BFS, easyJet's Handling Agent Menzies Aviation, have been recently recruiting for many and varied positions at BIA. I think it's now completed but it might be worth forwarding your CV to Menzies anyway. It takes a certain type of person to work at an airport and as a result staff turnover is rather high which means that jobs invariably become available quite regularly.
Go on, give it a go!
(..and good luck!)
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N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8510 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5903 times:
If you want to work on the ramp there's pretty much only 2 options: fuelers and ramp agents. Well, that's the way it is here, anyway. The fuelers are all contracted while the ramp agents work for individual airlines or contract companies. It's mostly guys as ramp rats, but there's a few girls running around. As long as you don't mind alittle manual labor you'll be fine. I work with 2 or 3 girls and we only have about 35 people total.
Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6127 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5802 times:
Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 21): Are ramp jobs mostly full time or do they do some part-time as well?
Depending on the company, you could see full time in as little as 6 months, to as long at 10 years.
Quoting FutureUApilot (Reply 16): I'm a Junior in High School, and work at as a fueler, so you may want to look at line service.
I'm surprised that they are letting you do that job. Especially considering that you need a hazmat license to drive the fuel truck. I'm also surprised that they are willing to risk a LOT of liability on themselves if you should get hurt, since you are a minor and all.
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AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5727 times:
Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 22): Depending on the company, you could see full time in as little as 6 months, to as long at 10 years.
So part-time is common? The reason I ask is that working at PHX might be of interest while I'm in college. I'm planning on staying in AZ next summer (read: I came home this summer and finding any seasonal job is a nightmare, and no I don't just mean aviation jobs) so I'd like to try applying when I get back to AZ in August. I see ads all the time in Phoenix both on TV and in the college newspaper about Mesa looking for rampers and CS agents.