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User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

Hello,

I am currently 17 and a junior in high school. I have been considering applying for a job this summer, and as I hope to be a pilot, I think an airport job would be a good start. I am looking for a job at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado. I have looked at local businesses at the airport and have not found a whole lot of info. Can anyone give some advice for finding jobs related to the airport? Can teenagers even work at an airport? Just a small, part time job that would give me the chance to spend more time at the airport would be great.

Thanks for your replies,

N172DM


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User currently offlineklm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

You have to be over 18 to work at most airports and with airlines. I'd go to your local FBO and flight schools. I am sure there will be planes that need washing and "debugging".

[Edited 2012-12-05 20:14:14]

User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2434 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3047 times:

The fact that you're not 18 might work against you, but this past summer (I'm 20) I worked for the Dollar-Thrifty car rental company at MKE. You might wanna look into something like that.


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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

I started on check-in at the tender age of 19 as a college summer job. They like you young as you are also cheaper.

There are loads of airport jobs for youngsters; duty free shops, airport hotels, fast food chains etc.

If you want a job at the airport you'll get one. Apply for everything.


User currently offlineSuper80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1681 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

As far as working for an airline, I'm pretty sure the industry standard is 18 years old, high school diploma, and some previous customer service experience. I started working with my airline 2 days after I graduated high school, and I've been with them since.

As other people above have stated, look for other positions at the airport such as retail and food service. You'll find something I'm sure!



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User currently onlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3332 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2925 times:
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I dont know who does wheelchair service in Denver, but I presume AirServ as they are here in Chicago for United and Prospect for AA/DL/US and the International Terminal here, but when I worked for Prospect AA, I worked with people that were 16.

Give it a shot, I mean the pay isnt super great but if your looking for an airport experience where you can learn stuff, thats something to think about.

Good Luck!

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Thanks a lot for all the replies. I guess an airline job is out of the question as I'm not 18, but a small GA airport would still be good. I will look at the flying clubs at APA, even washing airplanes should be fun. Maybe I could get a few flight lessons out of it.

Quoting LFutia (Reply 5):

I looked on the DEN website and it said wheelchair service is provided by the airline. Now that I think about it, that would be a pretty interesting experience. I guess I will just just have to wait to get a job with the airlines.

Thanks again for the help. Now to look for places that are hiring!

Danny



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

Quoting N172DM (Reply 6):
I looked on the DEN website and it said wheelchair service is provided by the airline.

It is contracted out at UA, but F9 has their own scouts....is what they call their wheelchair assistants.



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User currently onlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3332 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2784 times:
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Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 7):

It is contracted out at UA, but F9 has their own scouts....is what they call their wheelchair assistants.

I dont know how far you live from DEN, but might wanna scope out the airport and see if anyone is hiring?

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29784 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

The reason for tge 18 age limit is that unsurprisingly ramps are considered a hazardous wirking environment.

Its also why you wont get hired to work in a steel mill or construction site either



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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2750 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 3):
They like you young as you are also cheaper

The problem you'll run into also with your age is that they are required to give you more frequent, longer breaks then someone over 18. This is in addition to what everyone else has said, and will be the same anywhere you apply.

Marc


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4668 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 9):

The reason for tge 18 age limit is that unsurprisingly ramps are considered a hazardous wirking environment.

Gotta love Europe then... I was working on the ramp at 16... imagine the bragging rights with an airside pass at 16 :P



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User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 927 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2722 times:

Quoting N172DM (Reply 6):

When do you turn 18? I know at DEN some of the airlines and ground handler are hurting for staff...

I did not know teenagers could push wheelchairs or work in the shops, I always thought you had to be over 18 to get a SIDA badge.



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
might wanna scope out the airport and see if anyone is hiring?

It's not exactly that simple. They don't actually put out a "Help Wanted" sign if they are hiring. My recommendation is to go on their website or the vendor's website and see if anyone is hiring. We do have a Starbucks on the B concourse where the Express gates are. They hire from time to time I believe.



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User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 7):

It is contracted out at UA, but F9 has their own scouts....is what they call their wheelchair assistants.

I dont know how far you live from DEN, but might wanna scope out the airport and see if anyone is hiring?

I live in the foothills west of Denver. On a good day , it is about 45 minutes to DEN. Looking on F9's website, I didn't see any openings for wheelchair assistants. And other F9 positions I looked at, such as Customer Service and on the ramp, all require a high shool diploma and being 18.

Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 12):
When do you turn 18? I know at DEN some of the airlines and ground handler are hurting for staff...

I'm 18 on September 4 of next year.

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 13):
Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
might wanna scope out the airport and see if anyone is hiring?

It's not exactly that simple. They don't actually put out a "Help Wanted" sign if they are hiring.

That's my problem. I can't just walk into the airport and ask the shop managers if they're hiring. But looking at their website, its hard to find specific jobs at the aiport locations. And Starbucks and Mcdonald's, the websites I looked at, don't seem to have any current openings at the airport.

Thanks,
Danny



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User currently onlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3332 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2685 times:
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Quoting N172DM (Reply 14):
That's my problem. I can't just walk into the airport and ask the shop managers if they're hiring. But looking at their website, its hard to find specific jobs at the aiport locations. And Starbucks and Mcdonald's, the websites I looked at, don't seem to have any current openings at the airport.

I've never been to Denver but maybe something in baggage claim or something food stand? Checkout Airserv's website and see if they are hiring

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlinejodoloy From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Almost all restaurants that are inside airports, are not owned by the actual chain. They are generally owned by an umbrella company, who essentially licenses the right to operate a group of restaurants.

Quite a few companies that don't do franchises have this arrangement.


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Quoting N172DM (Reply 14):
I can't just walk into the airport and ask the shop managers if they're hiring.

I would think that the majority of those people that work in the shops and restaurants are or were airline employees and their friends. So word of mouth goes around from THOSE people to their friends that their employer is hiring. That kinda makes sense to me the most as employers don't exactly post a "Now Hiring" or "Help Wanted" on their windows.

I have heard of one girl who used to work at F9 and she now works at one the massage bars (I think at A32).



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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 10):
The problem you'll run into also with your age is that they are required to give you more frequent, longer breaks then someone over 18.

In the UK they get round that via various means. They claim that airports are not covered by the Shop and Factories Act which is the law regarding breaks. You'd be lucky to get one 10 min tea break and 20 mins for lunch.

At Gatwick they had some young Ramp Assistants who basically did the paper running and support for the Ramp Agent.

In the USA I have no idea how employment laws work. I would have thought they'd be more flexible as it's non unionised labour.


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6056 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2613 times:
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Quoting LFutia (Reply 5):
I dont know who does wheelchair service in Denver, but I presume AirServ as they are here in Chicago for United and Prospect for AA/DL/US and the International Terminal here, but when I worked for Prospect AA, I worked with people that were 16.

A few years ago I had one student get a job puching wheelchairs at DTW, before long I had seven students pushing wheel chairs at DTW.

Quoting LFutia (Reply 5):
Give it a shot, I mean the pay isnt super great but if your looking for an airport experience where you can learn stuff, thats something to think about.

They said the pay wasn't the best, but they weren't expecting much. They did say that sometimes people would give them a tip, which was nice.



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User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 927 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

Quoting N172DM (Reply 14):
I'm 18 on September 4 of next year.

Long ways away...

Since food service or retail is the best route

Try HMS host: http://www.hmshost.com/2009/04/21/hm...n-at-denver-international-airport/



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User currently onlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3332 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2552 times:
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Quoting falstaff (Reply 19):

I did that job at O'Hare. Sometimes go home with shit tips, sometimes I had a good day. just depends on the passenger.

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

Why do you want to work for Starbucks at an airport if you got Starbucks that might be hiring 5 minutes away from where you live at? At 17, you should be checking for jobs ANYWHERE not just your local airport. If the vendors/ FBO is hiring at your local airport, then great go ahead an apply, but you SHOULD be applying to whatever you see. Your options are better and you'll likely land a summer job. Also, don't be afriad to talk to the manager in person or yet, even if they are not hiring, at least request for an application so they know you are interested. Good luck.

User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 22):
Why do you want to work for Starbucks at an airport if you got Starbucks that might be hiring 5 minutes away from where you live at? At 17, you should be checking for jobs ANYWHERE not just your local airport. If the vendors/ FBO is hiring at your local airport, then great go ahead an apply, but you SHOULD be applying to whatever you see. Your options are better and you'll likely land a summer job. Also, don't be afriad to talk to the manager in person or yet, even if they are not hiring, at least request for an application so they know you are interested. Good luck.

I actually thought about that. I love being at the airport, and I think a job there would be great. But with gas prices and school, something a little closer might be better. I'm thinking about a applying at a local pizzeria in my town, but I still want to look at the airport, just to see what is available there.

Thanks for all the replies.
Danny



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6056 posts, RR: 29
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2453 times:
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Quoting N172DM (Reply 23):
But with gas prices and school, something a little closer might be better

That wasn't a problem with my students the school was in Romulus and so is DTW. Most of the students lived close to the airport.

Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 22):
Why do you want to work for Starbucks at an airport if you got Starbucks that might be hiring 5 minutes away from where you live at?

When I was 16-17 I worked at McDonald's in Eureka, Missouri (far west suburbs of St. Louis). I lived much closer to the McDonald's in Ellisville, but the Eureka store paid slightly better, offered free meals (as opposed to reduced) and had a better uniform than the Eliisville store. It was worth the extra ten minute drive to the Eureka store.



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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5553 posts, RR: 6
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Quoting N172DM (Thread starter):
and as I hope to be a pilot, I think an airport job would be a good start.

Honestly, at 17, it doesn't really matter what you do... just do something to get some work experience.

Also, a non-airline airport job will literally do nothing to advance your pilot aspirations... yeah, it'll be cool to see all the airplanes, but that's it.



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4668 posts, RR: 50
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

I have always thought that work has to be fun too, so if being at the airport makes your work more fun and get you through the day quicker, why not?!


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User currently onlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3332 posts, RR: 28
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 2404 times:
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Quoting JRadier (Reply 26):

I have always thought that work has to be fun too, so if being at the airport makes your work more fun and get you through the day quicker, why not?!

Ja inderdaad. I had tonnes of fun when I worked at ORD. I mean every day different people flying different situations. Day went by fast I mean. I never complained really.

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7787 posts, RR: 52
Reply 28, posted (1 year 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 2406 times:

Might be a long shot and a lot of hard work, but I know people that work at small airports and slowly but surely take flying lessons, eventually get their CFI, and work for the company they used to do grunt work for. I don't know your long term plans, and I'll warn you, this route takes a LOT of effort, but if you ever wanted to be a pilot, this is a cheaper way of doing it....


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User currently offlineAllegiantAir From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 1733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 29, posted (1 year 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

Go to all the FBOs, flight schools, etc at Centennial Airport and ask if any positions are open and take an application regardless.

I started working at an FBO at 16. Their age restrictions should be less strict than airlines. Any questions, just ask!



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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 29):
Go to all the FBOs, flight schools, etc at Centennial Airport and ask if any positions are open and take an application regardless.

This. You can not expect to just land a job by chance. Go there. Ask people. Leave resume. If you can not go and see HR people, mail them. They might not advertise free spaces, but you never know, someone might just go "You know, I could actually use some more help..."



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