AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1941 times:
For anyone who doesn't know me I'm a (soon to be) 19 year old university student. Now since post-secondary education is so pricey, I'm "encouraged" to seek part time employment. Since I'd rather not work during the school-year, I suppose summer employment would be the best bet. It's tough figuring out a job I'd enjoy doing but then aviation came to mind.
So my question is what kind of part-time employment is available at airports? Fort Lauderdale (FLL) would be the closest major airport to my home, and I was hoping it would be possible to do some ramp work.
Can any airport employees enlighten me what kind of work I might be able to do? What training, hours, and pay would be like?
One last note: I'm a Canadian citizen but I'll have my green card by the summer, would this cause any trouble in landing an airport job in light of security concerns?
Erj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1841 times:
Since 9-11, security is lot more stringent. If you don't have a work visa, not much luck in passing the required 10 year background check to obtain your SIDA (flightline) badge. You're considered a foreign national.
I'm not sure about Fort Lauderdale (FLL), but I'm sure it's a busy airport. Find out who does the ramp work there, if the airline does it, or if it's outsourced to a company like Swissport, Signature, etc. Look on the airport's website and find out where in the airport the office is or cal and find out for yourself and just tell them you're looking for a summer job. I'm sure they'll hire you because this is a job with high turnaround and they would love to have a college student working for them.
You'll have to fill out a lot of paperwork and I encourage you to apply about 3 weeks before you leave college for the summer because it will take about 2-3 weeks for the FBI to process your fingerprints and do a background check before the company can hire you.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1726 times:
I need get a job at FLL airport for me and I want be work ramp for helping with the baggage handling for me. And Isn't that was possible want get me a job for me and should I need get a trainee to me how I can do use with the baggage handling for me. Well, catch ya later!!
Rai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
I have a suggestion for you. You could work P/T as a CSA, ramp agent or whatever for Air Canada. I don't know if they have a presense at FLL, but they're huge in MIA. The fact that you're Canadian and probably speak French (I'm assuming such because you're from Montreal) will only help your cause.
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1662 times:
Well I can only read French at this point, having only a Grade 6 education in it. Speaking I can do, but no to the point of holding a great, detailed conversation. Air Canada has a small presense at FLL, nothing much during the summer, so I don't know if they handle their own groundwork. MIA is 20 miles from my home down there which would make getting to the job a wee bit difficult.
The only people who look to be hiring at FLL seem to be JetBlue, AA, and Southwest.
CMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1656 times:
This summer (I was 16) I got a job at Westchester County Airport (HPN). Its not exactly major but hey its got commerical service. I worked in the environment office as basically a pencil pusher. If I was you I'd type up a very nice looking resume (use Resume Wizard on word) and start applying. Call different offices up and ask for interviews. Send in your application. Find a fax number where they can reach you. Good luck.
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AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1635 times:
The airlines that seem to be hiring at FLL are AA, Jetblue, and Southwest. I'd love to work for Jetblue with their nice new A320's, Southwest offers nice perks, and AA has some fleet variety. Any rampers for these airlines share experiences/give advice?
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1583 times:
Commuting would require a vehicle. As it stand due to college costs there is only one vehicle to "share" between my father and myself. Seing has how my dad has to get to work so he can fund my education, he gets it.
I'm being as flexible as I can FLL is only 15-30 minutes (depending on traffic) from his office.
Now you've learned a lesson: know the situation before commenting/formulating ideas.
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1476 times:
Well I've definately narrowed down my search to JetBlue, AA, or Southwest. I know Jetblue definately hires part-time, but does anyone know about the other two. Can any current employees share experiences about what its like to work for these?
Figure I'd start in May or June and work until the beginning of August.
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 7 Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1469 times:
Don't forget about Airport jobs. If you can't find anything with the airlines, airports hire custodians, mechanics, secretaries, etc.
My sister-in-law was hired on as a paid intern at MCI this past summer, in the PR/PA department. I have friends working part time as general maintenance (replacing floor tile, fixing toilets, that kind of thing).
You may also want to try Spirit Airlines and AirTran Airways. They both have a significant presence at FLL and I'm sure they're hiring.
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AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1448 times:
Well the thing is I want to work with the planes, so I'm just checking out ramp work. It's tough but something I'd likely enjoy. If I had to fix toilets and stuff I'd quit the first day. It's the airlines or its nothing at all.
I'll check out Spirit and AirTran, though I think I'm leaning towards JetBlue if I can land a ramp job there, I'd love a chance to work with the A320.
Your profile says youre and ramp and operations agent, do you know if airlines typically hire part time for this kind of work, and what kind of duties would I be doing? Is it just baggage, or can you do other things?
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1382 times:
Thanks I'll look into that, but the don't seem to be hiring at FLL at the moment. I guess I'l have to take what I can get.
See I'm about to get authorization from the gov and INS to work in the US finally. We've been approved for a green card but its going to take months to complete the paperwork. Hopefully this is good enough to pass the checks and work at an airport. I'm praying, heh.
Can someone tell me what kind of duties they would have me doing, having no experience prior, and what they would train me to do?