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Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:23 pm

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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Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:33 pm

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...

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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:35 pm

Remind to pull the jet bridge away from your flight just as your stepping off..........
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Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:37 pm

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

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Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:54 pm

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,
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Sun Nov 17, 2002 6:41 pm

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.
 
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Sun Nov 17, 2002 7:48 pm

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!
 
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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:18 pm

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.
 
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Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:43 pm

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!!
 
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Mon Nov 18, 2002 12:21 am

So what kind of ramp work would I be able to do?
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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Mon Nov 18, 2002 1:52 am

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.
 
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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Mon Nov 18, 2002 2:03 am

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.
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Mon Nov 18, 2002 2:06 am

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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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Mon Nov 18, 2002 3:09 am

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?
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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Mon Nov 18, 2002 3:35 am

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.
 
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Mon Nov 18, 2002 4:35 am

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.
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Mon Nov 18, 2002 6:26 am

Buy a car. Two-three paychecks and you have paid it. To get a job you have to invest into it.
 
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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Mon Nov 18, 2002 7:12 am

Okay how about thia then: MIA out of the equation. For our purposes: FLL good, MIA bad
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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Mon Nov 18, 2002 9:29 pm

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.
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Mon Nov 18, 2002 10:45 pm

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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Tue Nov 19, 2002 12:46 am

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?
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Tue Nov 19, 2002 9:31 am

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.

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RE: Part-Time Jobs At Major Airports?

Tue Nov 19, 2002 11:46 am

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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