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Any Ramp Service Employees Here?  
User currently offlineUALrampORD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3694 times:

I am curios to see how many members work on the ramp, and how they like their job, and who they work for. What are your likes and dislikes about your job? I like the access to the aircraft, working outside, and the benefits. I dislike working in the snow and getting sprayed in the face and being covered with glycol in the winter during de-icing. I love my job and the airline I work for, however I do not like who runs it and how they treat their employees. I look forward to the responses.


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User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

I worked the ramp for Delta until I came back to passenger service in August.

It's great to work outside, constantly be moving around and using your body. Being around the airplanes... well, what can you say. Unquestionably the best part of the job. I can listen to the sound of every Boeing jet Delta flies (we don't get the McD's or CRJ's in PDX), and tell you what it is, right down to which engines it has. Now that's not something I could do before I went to the ramp.

However, Portland's weather is just miserable and ultimately that was what drove me back into passenger service, which I also like a lot.

The people that run Delta are good people, one of the more talented management teams in the industry. I am very loyal to my company, and have a lot of respect for the people running it. Unfortunately, we're currently waiting here in Portland to see what our next step will be with regard to staffing. We're losing a couple more flights and it's very possible that Portland may have to downsize, in which case I will probably end up in a hub, preferably Atlanta.

It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

I'm a full-time college student and a part-time ramp worker for Swissport at SFB.

The job is pretty good to have while in college, but not rely on for a living, I like working around the planes and getting a general understanding of how everything works. I also like having a job where I'm outside and is somewhat physically demanding (for when I'm not working out).

One thing I dislike is that some of the people who work there are so damned stupid, they need to have their head examined. It really pisses me off when they continually mess up and can't follow directions.

Swissport is a decent company, but the airport itself seems to have trouble getting airlines to fly in here during our "slow season" which lasts from November to March.

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3636 times:


I see you work at ORD. How do you deal with our blistery winters? How long are you out there during those times (ie. snowstorms, gusting winds, sub-zero temperatures, etc.)? Is it the same in the summer time or do they give you guys a break and rotate you guys more since one can only stand being out in the cold for so long?

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineFlying_727 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 437 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3621 times:

I work as a Line Service Tech. at the Greater Kankakee Airport (KIKK) in Kankakee, Illinois. I work for the Kankakee Valley Airport Authority (KVAA). I enjoy getting to talk to lots of pilots and seeing some rather strange aircraft, i don't like it when it gets slow and i just sit around and spin in my swivle chair.


On ATA, You're On Vacation
User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3623 times:

Hey stranger. I work ramp in ORD too. As far as working in the snowstorms, if you are assigned to de-icing, you stay in the truck or in the bucket for your entire shift. You are lucky to get 10 minutes to take a leak. I've known guys who just tinkle away and do some de-icing of their own on the aircraft from the bucket. De-icing in a Hub station really stinks. You don't stop.

User currently offlineRamprat From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3622 times:

I work on the ramp here in Calgary for Air Canada. I enjoy working around all the aircraft and the physical work, sorta keeps me in shape anyway. I love being outside most of the time, unless its really cold outside, say below -20, otherwise the cold doesnt really bother me. Air Canada is an ok company to work for, it used to be better, but has been sliding for a bit now. I'm not a fan of Milton. I still take pride in my company and our airline, and i thouroughly enjoy being a rampie.

User currently offlineKAL_LM From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

I used to ramp for EZ here in PDX and for the most part I enjoyed it. The company itself left much to be desired though.
The weather, well it's like DeltaSFO said, it sucks. It's not as bad as a lot of other places, but when the it's raining, the wind is constant 20+ and gusting to 30+, with a windchill down around 15 it's downright ugly. Have spent many days in rain gear. I got out of it for a better paying more stable job, but still spend plenty of time out in it. To be honest though, if I could survive off of it, I would.


is that a light at the end of the tunnel or just a train?
User currently offlineAbhi From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

globeground ramp in yvr here

its great to work for all the third party airlines in yvr .. working outside, around planes and the physical demands are great .. i enjoy it ..

as for the company .. it could do so much better .. they have a great bunch of guys working in yvr but we get no recognition whatsoever .. i've been waiting for my globeground id for a year and a half now .. i cant get any passes on lufty without it .. other than that we get nothing .. we used to get passes on alaska air but we lost that to worldwide flight services starting december .. so there goes one benefit ..

but i guess working with the guys out in the cold and around planes makes up for it .. not a career move though unless they really really did something about the perks ..

thats about it .. dont know if there is anyone else here who works for globeground in yvr or somewhere else ?? how is globeground in other bases ?

abhi ..

User currently offlineFlywithken From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3548 times:

Hi there--
I am a ramper for Alaska in SEA. This job is getting me through school, but i would not choose it for a career. I hate the cold winters, and the unavoidable inhaling of glycol and jet fumes. I hate crawling on my knees into the bellies of the MD-80 and 737 and constantly putting my safty in jeopardy being around the heavy equpiment. I think to work out here all you life would be punishment to your body and health. I do however try to look for the good in everything. I like the benefits...flight, medical, dental, etc...the company treats us well. I like the people i work with and i like the flexibility. DO other companies allow for employees to 'trade' their shift to others? I can get rid of anyday i cant or dont want to work, and it is perfectly acceptable....thats the coolest thing of the job. I like being around the planes and hopefully this is just a stepping stone to eventually fly the left seat for Alaska....


User currently offlineUALrampORD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

Trickijedi- I wish that on cold days they would rotate us around but we are out there for as long as the planes keep comeing in. Its funny, the coldest days out there seem to be the busiest. As for snow storms and thunderstorms, the airport normaly closes which means for as long as no flights come in, thats how much longer we are forced to stay after normal shift end time. Summertime is fun working on the ramp because you are in only shorts and a shirt. Its like UAL Bagsmasher said. Working a hub sucks, but it is fun at the same time, get what im saying?


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Yeah I get what you're saying! It's passion vs. responsibility - I hear ya! I actually applied for a ramprat job as well way back when with AA and United as a second job right after I graduated. AA offered me a position but it conflicted with my first (9-5) job. And they also told me about the good possibility of having to stay after regular shift hours as you mentioned. I had to decline the offer as a result. Of course, I applied in the summer time so it sounded great! But I remember flying out that winter and looking out the window from the plane and seeing a bunch of baggage handlers working (and freezing!) their tails off trying to get the plane loaded in time for the flight. Dude, that's some hard work. But I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that.  Smile

UAL Bagsmasher,
Ditto to the above as well. BTW, what's a "bucket"?

And which gate would I find you guys the next time I fly out of ORD?

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1878 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3517 times:

The thing that i think would suck about working the ramp is you only get to do that and not drive the jet bridge and open the entry doors unless your in an outstation for most airlines. Do you really learn about the aircrafts engines just from working ramp? That would certainly make sense though. I think it would be fun to open the numerous cargo hold doors of different aircraft. I also think it would be fun to marshall aircraft in (even though mechanics are often responsable for that. I was the one who posted "Any Gate Agents Here?" and this is interesting to see also the ramp agents. I live in Eugene, Oregon (about 120miles from PDX) our airport here handles 3-4 737s a day and some express aircraft and horizon and mesa serve here as well and it never ceases to amaze me about what they all do! It seems like a big task, UA used to to have a ramp objective of 20 minutes here and with at least 90 pecies in the cargo holds that have to be offloaded and re loaded it seems amazing how they do it and have the bird back to DEN of SFO on time! Well theres my two cents

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

DC10Tony, it sounds very nice to be able to get a part time job as an airport ground crew while being a fulltime college.

Do you mind telling me how you applied and what are the procedures? How many hours per week / day? How are you paid? Thanks

you may want to email me at tzeweip@time.net.my

User currently offlineUALrampORD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

Trickijedi, I am currently on lay-off but my old gate was C-4. It was a strictly 727-200 gate, with the occasional 737. I only chose that gate because the 727 is my favorate airplane. It was a blast getting to work on 5 or 6 of those a day. Im glad i had a chance to work them before we dumped them all. Ill let you know when I start and what gate im on.


User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 809 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

Hey all,

I am a Station Attendant (Ramprat, rampie, etc) for Air Canada in St. John's, NF (CYYT).
I love the work that's involved and working the a/c that come in here. I like it even more when we get unplanned landings of different planes and different airlines. It gives you an opportunity to work and see planes that you don't usually work on.
I think it is a great job and the people I work with are a fine bunch of guys! Like most of you said, there are downfalls like winter storms and tasty glycol, but it comes with the job.
As Ramprat said, AC used to be a much better place to work, and I agree with him on that. I am not a fan of Milton either.
However, I am thankful that I work there, because I think it is one of the best jobs in the world!!


In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7659 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

I work the ramp at a small outstation. We only get 4 flights a day so I'm part time. It works well around my class schedule (usually). Sometimes showing up at 5:30am is fun, especially after working till 11:30 the previous night then hitting the bars or a party with your buddies. I've only been working a little over a month. I haven't experienced the fun of de-icing yet. Its a lot of fun though, we're tight with all the other employees at the airport including our rival airlines. We all cool though, we share equipment if somethings broken and stuff like that. Always got to love pulling off a quick turn. We've turned around a full Jetstream 41 in under 10 minutes. Its a hustle, but we can do it and our on-time percentage reflects it. I'm kind of a airplane nut compared to the rest of the employees there. I want to get my private as soon as I've saved up enough money. As for the weather, it doesn't really bother me. I'm an outdoors kind of person. All the other jobs I've worked have been outside so you learn to deal with the weather, you get immune to it. Of course, unlike if I was at a hub station, the time we are outside is limited compared to them.

User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

"Do you mind telling me how you applied and what are the procedures? How many hours per week / day? How are you paid? Thanks"

Airbus Lover-

I just went to the airport's second floor where my company is located, applied and got hired. There really aren't any special procedures.

I work about 30 hrs./weekend and I'm paid in U.S. dollars.

User currently offlineCOboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

I work the ramp for CO at EWR. I've been there for 4 years now and have worked in the hottest and coldest weather. It sucks sometimes but for the most part its not such a bad place to work. Sometimes you get hammered and are outside almost all day, and there have been some days where I haven't even touched an aircraft. It is all give and take.
I used to be fulltime there but I got tired of slinging bags for a living though so I downgraded to part time to go to school and now have a full time gig as a helicopter mechanic at another company. But thanks to the flexibility of being able to "day trade" my hours other willing to work my hours, I still get to keep this ramp job for the flying benefits. I have to say, it is the best part time job in the world...

User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

PDX represent!!

ditto KAL_LM except for the higher pay part. (back to school instead). To be fair aobut our weather, it rarely freezes, and isn't usualy that windy compared to most places. It also is much milder than most places in the summer. Thats not to say its alawys comfortable, but there are few places I'd rather ramp.

When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3396 times:

The "bucket" simply refers to the 'cherry-picker' basket of the de-icing truck where you spray from. My old gate was Charlie 1. I am on Leave of Absence now while attending A&P school, but I'll be back for the holidays with a little luck. Not sure which gate though.

User currently offlinePizzaPolli From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

I worked ramp for UA at IAD for awhile and I am headed back to the ramp at IAD this month with another carrier. I can't wait to get back out there!

User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1878 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3338 times:

Seems really fun. So for UAL at the hubs you just work a gate for a sertain time period like one guy said i believe it was that he worked C-5. Now working that means the ramp right? What all do you get to do??? Ive heard that the rampers dont get to do the marshalling in a hub, its the mechanic! That would be something i would want to do. Well anywoo theres my two cents.

User currently offlineUALrampORD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3309 times:

Flyboy80- At ORD the rampers do not get to marshall or pushback the aircraft. I wish that we did but the mechs. do it. And yes you are assigned to one gate for a few months period a time. You work the same gate everyday, and usually you get the same flights, sometimes you get a different one. Also at ORD if you touch a plane that's not the cargo door or go in the cockpit (not that we touch anything, just look) you get screamed at by a mechanic. This was all before 9/11 to.


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3299 times:

I used to work the ramp for ACA at IAD then became an Operations Supervisor. Ramp was fun though the De-Icing part sucked especially if you were in the bucket on those nice windy nights. I have since transferred to JAX and we are trained on Ramp/CS/Ops/Baggage Service. So now I pretty much do everything.

I Don't know where I am anymore
User currently offlineChewd0g From United States of America, joined Oct 2002, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (12 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

I'm currently a Ramp Handler for FDX @ CLTR. I have been with FDX for 2 years this November. I started out as package handler and moved to a ramp handler this past January.

I love my job and enjoy working out on the ramp, I've been lucky enough to fly quite often when I was young and was always amazed how things worked behind the scenes as I looked through those tall glass windows. Now I'm on the other side, just handling freight, not people (much less of a hassle too!! haha)

At this point in life (only being 20) I am making goals for the long term career wise to just stay with FDX. I'm looking at moving to DFW in a couple years after I finish my associates in Business Administration: Human Resource Management. I want to move into a team leader or ramp agent position for experience and then step into a managers position in let's say, 10 years.

I love being around the airport and having the opportunity to work on planes.

I just don't like getting stuck in a jet blast :X

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