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User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2265 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?

Your help is greatly appreciated

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

AC...

Congrats, you got a fast reply...however...I cant help ya...just wanted to boost your optimism by replying  Big grin

see ya in the chat...

Greg



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User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

Remind to pull the jet bridge away from your flight just as your stepping off..........

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

...note to self...never fly from FLL again...  Big grin

Greg



Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

Hi guys,

I am also in this situation, except I'm quite a bit younger! (14, 15 this summer). Its not possible to get an FBO or airport city job at this age is it? Whats the minimum?

Thanks,
Serge


User currently offlineErj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2165 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.

User currently offlineSam the Lab From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Being considered a foreign national sure is far sweeter sounding than being thought of as an Alien or even an Illegal Alien! Illegal Alien takes the biscuit!

User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2058 times:

AC320-

I started my ramp job as a summer job and I decided to keep it until I finish college because I like, the money's not bad and they work around my school schedule.

There's part-time work at airports doing the following:

- ramp
- passenger services/check-in
- concessions
- curbside monitoring
- car rental

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.


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2050 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!!

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

So what kind of ramp work would I be able to do?

User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1996 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.

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1986 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.


User currently offlineCMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1980 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.
DC-10's Forever



"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1959 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?

User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

You are not willing to commute 20 miles!? In today's world less than an hour's commute (each way) is luxury. And since you so much want to work for an airline, you really should be more flexible.

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1907 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.


User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Buy a car. Two-three paychecks and you have paid it. To get a job you have to invest into it.

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

Okay how about thia then: MIA out of the equation. For our purposes: FLL good, MIA bad

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1800 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.


User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1793 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.



Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1772 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?


User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

Drop by ATA and see if we're hiring in FLL. I know we hire PT CSAs there since I was in SABRE class with a couple of them. I have no complaints about working here.

joe


User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1706 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?


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