TheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1110 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5224 times:
Enthusiasm is definitiely something that is needed to succeed in this industry. Unfortunately, so is a good amount of patience.
For a 15 year old, there is little chance of a ramp type position for various reasons. Ramp work and related jobs usually require you to be 18 because of the hazardous working conditions (working around aircraft engines, propellers, fuel, etc.). Also, internships, in the traditional sense, are reserved for college students. You do have a couple options though.
Getting to know the people at you local mom and pop type of FBO and doing odd jobs for them might be a good way to get a job if something were to open up. If you know someone (pr your parents) that works at an FBO, that would probably be the best way to start.
If you are really motivated, get a part time job somewhere and use the money to pay for flying lessons. You may be able to find some work through your flight school to do in exchange for flight time. This is what I'd recommend.
Keep on trucking! This industry has a nasty habit of turning into a long road with no real end.
PS: Especially when looking or asking about a job, its a good idea to spell things correctly. Simply because you might type something on AIM a certain way, it doesn't mean that it will fly here at Airliners.
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TransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5200 times:
Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Thread starter): ive been lookin around for a job at an airport like LAS, VGT, or HND. i was hopin that they would have a job appropriate for my age....any ideas?
As far as LAS goes, I'm not sure about FBO's, but the stores/concessions (If I remember right, they're HMS hosts?) are a minimum 18.. Same with the airlines...
As others have said, you might want to be on the look out at FBO's, though you'll probably have better luck once you turn 16, as most states have extremely strict laws about 15 year olds working.. Just one piece of advise, even if you can't find a job in aviation just yet, having at least a part time job somewhere, and keeping it for a while, helps A LOT down the road when you put it on job apps..
FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5183 times:
I would say you are still too young to even think about working at an airport, especially for a first job. As people have already mentioned, the demands can be pretty big and there is an inherent immaturity when we are that age that does not mesh well with jobs like that. You should be focusing on school and looking for a local job near home in a restaurant or in a retail store. Something that slowly introduces you to the working world. We get kids at Disneyland where it's their first job and even at 18+, they dont have the maturity to work there given their lack of working experience. I worked at the local mom & pop pizza parlor where a lot of the high school kids worked and it was the perfect first job. I hate to be a pessimist and all, but that often coincides with being a realist. Good luck to you though.
Jetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2984 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5175 times:
You won't get on with a major airline until you're 18. It's because you can't aren't accountable for your actions until you are 18....your parents are. And no airline is going to hire someone whose parents are responsible for his actions.
Unless you can work something out with your Work-Study program in your high school at an FBO or something, I think you're out of luck.
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F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4731 posts, RR: 30 Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5135 times:
You can get a job at 15 1/2 in Nevada. But, working around aircraft might be difficult. Get the old phone book out and take a look at some of the smaller FBO's at North Las Vegas and Henderson. You might even check out Boulder City, a little ways out, but certainly worth looking at. You might even just take a visit and see what you can find. Desert Southwest Airlines is a small FBO that might need some extra help.
IAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5063 times:
FBO= Fixed base operator
They provide things like fueling and ground services/equipment for GA, Corporate or even airlines that don't have employees at that airport. Some are really sweet with free internet, use of a crew car, snacks, and comfy lounges.
Katwspotter From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 198 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4846 times:
I live near a regional airport and for an airline you have to have diploma and be 18 years. The local FBO says you have to be 18 as well. I am 17, but a trick is to keep showing interest in them until you are 18 because by that time they are gonna think you will be a good employee for them and probably get hired. I know this from experience.
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Noboeingnogoin From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 108 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4625 times:
When I turned 16, I started working at a restaurant at TYS. Just a few days before my 18th birthday, I got hired by an airline.
Try finding a place in an airport where you can make some contacts; it definitely will help you in the long run!
JetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1415 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4618 times:
I'm sure your family has insurance on you, carry your card and get some wax and cleaning supplies and contract your self out at an FBO cleaning planes start your own..In another business i had, I hired a kid 16 as a independent contractor and i didn't think he would do worth a hoot.gave him a desk and a computer. So i just said well what ever you do in business wise we will split,,, the kid was making me 100k a year
of course i had to pay the kid 50k He was running circles around my other guys... he was making more than his father.. of course as a contractor i couldn't offer him benefits and 1099 him,.. Kids that age will surprise you I wished i had him on a
8.00 and hour salary..Lol
Malaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3183 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4618 times:
Some Wheelchair services may hire at 16, but not sure. its really 18 for main airports. I did work when I was 16 for a Ground Handler, but I was put in the bagroom due to no AOA driving permit. (had to be 18 for that based on the Airport authority) got a bit tiring having to hitch hike on tugs to go places. Some ground handlers like Swissport and Globe have hired people in highschool mainly those who have some language experience to do ticket counter jobs part-time
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XJramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2345 posts, RR: 52 Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4602 times:
You will not have a shot at any major airlines in the US until you are 18. It isn't just for airline's practices, but for the unions as well. I tried ever since my junior year to get a job at XJ, and they told me that they couldn't hire me for that particular reason.
If you go to a small airport, you may be able to get a job cutting grass or emptying garbage, but nothing I think you are looking for.
Keep your enthusiasm going, wait until you are 18 and then apply for a job.
LASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4592 times:
Quoting XJramper (Reply 25): You will not have a shot at any major airlines in the US until you are 18. It isn't just for airline's practices, but for the unions as well. I tried ever since my junior year to get a job at XJ, and they told me that they couldn't hire me for that particular reason.
If you go to a small airport, you may be able to get a job cutting grass or emptying garbage, but nothing I think you are looking for.
Keep your enthusiasm going, wait until you are 18 and then apply for a job. Smile
thanks. i was sorta opting fer those kinds of jobs if nothing else was available....
JetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1415 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4566 times:
Hmm never say never have a shot,, I walked into Fedex in the middle 70,s lied about my age and was still in high school
i found myself sorting packages with fred smith out there the owner, and playing around in falcon jets and a slew of charters, dc-3 to hanza,s.. Back then you would do everything... we even borrowed a doctors plane one night and stripped it out....lol Then went on to school at 8 am... no one ever knew
Nycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4522 times:
As a 19 yr old getting into the industry I could probably help you out more than most. Because of the insurance it tends to be tougher to get jobs when you are under 18 but trust me, YOU CAN DO IT. I got my first aviation job at 16 for Teterboro airport doing ops and stayed with them for two years before working for an FBO and I will soon be starting with a major consulting firm. Make a resume and cover letter and go to the airports and go door to door handing them out. You may feel weird doing it but it is the only way to do it when you are 15. Your best bets will be small places who would be more leanient with things. Go to small airports, FBOs, flight schools, operations departments and push until they take you. Tell them youre willing to work for nothing or in exchange for flight lessons or something like that if theyre not willing to pay and reakky, just keep pushing. E-mail me if you need any more help and good luck.
Also, Listen to transworld in the previous post, do not lie to these people, they will catch you and will not want to hire you when you are of age next year.
WesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5393 posts, RR: 25 Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4518 times:
Another company you may want to try is the wheelchair pushers in LAS (I thinkit is still Prospect Airport Services) I worked for them in SLC and when they opened up LAS wayback in 2000, and I was only 16 when I started working for them. AirServ might also be hiring 16 yr olds as well.
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25 UsAirways16bwi: At that young age....i would think the only job at an airport you could get was at a fast food place....or doing janitorial work . But i may be wrong.
26 Cactusmurf: I think that for anybody who works at an airport you have to be 18, because you have to be that old to get clearance to have a security badge to acces
27 Corey07850: Most US airports don't have a SIDA, in fact most don't even have airport ID's... If he goes to his local GA airport and poke around a bit I'm sure he
28 Walter747: I'm pretty sure that Tokyo is going to be quite a commute from Las Vegas.
29 Piercey: I'd hate to hijack your thread, LAS, but does anybody know of any similar opportunities around CLE? Just looking for a few tips to look in the right d
30 AerLingusA330: How about me? I'm a college student looking for a job at the local airport. Anyone have any ideas or job openings? Thanks all.
31 KcrwFlyer: I'm going to have to disagree with you guys that dont think 15 year olds should be working. A boring job at some fast food restaurant may not be the b
32 Thetuna: People get your asses down to the airport and talk to different managers about jobs.
33 Aircanada333: I'm 17 and I work at the de-icing centre in YUL. All I needed was a driver's liscence and a high school diploma. At 15 I think you may be able to find
34 Dbudd: Allegiant here in LAS is always looking for staff. maybe a stint being an aircraft cleaner... Dave
35 LASOctoberB6: when it says high school education/graduate or equivalent, what does that mean? does it mean even though im a freshman in high school, i can still ap
36 WestJetForLife: I think what it means that you need your high school diploma, or something equal to it, such as your GED. In other words, they want you to finish hig
37 ADXMatt: Back when I was 15 and started taking flying lessons so I could solo on my 16th birthday I washed and waxed planes for people. While hanging out at th
38 Goldenshield: Yes, it can, but let's not go overboard here. Just becuase a teenager can get a job with a company, does not mean that he/she can maintain that job.
39 Nycfuturepilot: If you show that you will be completing high school then they shouldnt have a problem with it. Goldenshield, thats what everyone does and theres noth
40 Lincoln: I have to kind of agree here-- I'm 22 (23 in May), but I've been working in a field I really enjoy for about 7 years now. I'm now in my first "real"