A330/B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3092 times:
For the most part you need to have graduated HS. But check thier websites, they give pretty good info on what is requiered/expected. I plan on getting a ramp position with NW, or a CSR position with Air Wisconsin. I've spoken with the head of hiring at AWAC and she seemed more than willing to hire me once I graduate.
I Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3036 times:
You could try a shop or restaurant in an airport. I believe they hire at around 16+. At least then you could get to know people around the airport and I am sure you could talk flight crews into letting you check out the planes. Good luck!
Lindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3009 times:
When I passed through Midway Airport in Chicago, I saw quite a few high school-age kids working in the airport, doing jobs like pushing wheelchairs, cleaning, and performing other basic but necessary tasks. What I noticed was that at least a few of them were speaking Polish to one another--I'd always heard Chicago described as the second largest Polish city after Warsaw!
Lukino99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3000 times:
I would really love working at the airport, but in a place where I could see all the planes and stuff. Especially if I could clean inside the airplane, that would be very cool! But I don't know if they trust guys 16 years or less if anyone out there knows any companies that clean planes at KSEA please let me know!
Type-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3001 times:
The coffee shop idea is a good one. I know a guy who started working in the restaurant at BTV and ended up as an agent with UA. He got to know the UA personnel and when they had an opening they told him about it. He got the job. His sister eventually was an agent for CO at BTV at the same time.
Don't get discouraged either. After I graduated HS and had one year of college behind me I wrote a letter to UA asking if they had summer jobs for college students. I was a student in a Professional Aviation curriculum at the time. I got what I considered a pretty nasty letter back stating that "United does not hire people just because they have an interest in aviation." Bastards. Needless to say I went on to a great career in aviation without UA.
What they DO look for in all potential candidates is a high degree of customer service skills. So if you can't work for an airline now, get a job that does demand that you acquire customer service skills so you will have it under your belt for the future.
Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2941 times:
Cleaning the inside of a plane might sound cool at first, but trust me its not something you want to do day in and day out, even as a summer job. If you work as an airline representative of some sort you cna go on teh plane whenever you like. Like others have said though it will be hard to get hired before you turn 18.