Growly150 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 158 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3148 times:
Can anyone suggest any entry level jobs at a local FBO? I have a BA in Political Science, and a love for all things airplane. Are there any positions for which I could be hired at the local airport? What experience is recommended? Would it behoove me to go introduce myself ahead of time? Feel free to suggest moving this thread if this is not the appropriate forum.
Phelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3122 times:
Well, unless they are looking for management, your BA doesn't really have an importance. I would suggest looking into Fueling or Customer Service at your local FBO. Those jobs are about the most entry level you can be at an FBO. Looking at charter companies, you could look into CS again or the bottom of the barrel, aircraft cleaner...
Phelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3030 times:
Quoting Growly150 (Reply 2): Can anyone suggest what an ideal candidate for such a position as
listed above might have in the way of related experience?
Honestly, you really do not need any experience. When I got my start in aviation, I was working for a charter company in CO, and went into that job with very little knowledge. But thanks to that, I now work for 2 airlines. The best thing to do is to go in, ask questions, build your knowledge of the company and aircraft served, and tell them you have a passion for this business. Letting them know your a fast learner may be helpful for you too. All companies will be training you in on their policies and procedures, so while experience is helpful, it is not necessary.
Just out of curiosity, where are you looking (airport wise)?
NightFlier From United States of America, joined May 2004, 284 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2965 times:
If your an outdoors person the aircraft refueling jobs are perfect for you. If you want a clean job in a air conditioned, and heated environment I suggest becoming a CSR. I worked the ramp for seven years at KFRG and when the weather got bad I was always wishing that I was a CSR. You could use that degree of yours for allot of things, even though its not geared toward aviation . Good Luck and welcome to the club
Airplanes are only as good as the people who fly&fix them.
Growly150 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 158 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2901 times:
Eventually I hope to delve further into the political world, but for now I want to build experience in a variety of other areas for which I share a love. I live about a half mile from BJC, so that would be where I would start. Commuting to Centennial would defeat the purpose of leaving my current job in Boulder in order to save $$$. I have experience in customer service having worked at a car rental agency and in similar capacities in other businesses, but I would love to get hands-on with airplanes and learn things by being a fly-on-the-wall so to speak.
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2842 times:
No experience necessary, really. They'll train you, they do it to anyone.
I fueled for about 2 yrs while in college, and what a blast it was. I fueled both at the FBO (eating leftover catering, getting rides in various people's planes), and also on the airline side, which was pretty chill too (fuel a few flights, park your truck in a corner and take an hour's nap). It was a neat job all around, but sure as hell isn't a career- try $10 an hour, no thanks.
Phelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2759 times:
All I can really tell you is, go to BJC's website and start looking for jobs. Their website should list the airport tenants, and from there, you could start calling each business. Look into Aircraft Detailing, Charter Operators, FBO's, Flight Schools, etc etc. Also, if you want to drive down to DEN, I know SkyWest is hiring part-time ramp agents.