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How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:01 am

I'm looking for a fun job next year and i'll be 18 and was wondering if I apply through the airline or if there is a company that does the work for the airlines.
 
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:12 am

Click your heals and pretend it is 1999, then maybe an airline would hire you. Smile I am only joking nwa7e7, maybe an LCC is hiring, because with airlines like UAL once having a head count of 104,000 people, they have a lot of people to recall before they hire off the streets.


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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:15 am

Look at companies like Allied, Signature, Hudson General, Eagle to name a few. No flight benefits but it gets you around airplanes and on the ramp. Go on down to the airport and see who's servicing the smaller airlines that come through. Getting a job with the airlines is difficult right now.
 
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:36 am

I applied for a ramp position with the City of Bangor (Maine) who do some of the ramp work for the airlines, the international flights and GA traffic.

I have not heard back from them but i have my fingers crossed.
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?`

Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:43 am

I agree with Air2qxs, your best shot would be with one of the servicing companies or possibly an LCC. With UA announcing major layoffs as well as CO's recently announced pending layoffs, I doubt that many of the so called 'Legacy' carriers will be hiring from off of the street and when they do begin re-hiring they will give those laid off first shot.

Good luck,

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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:44 am

XJ is having hiring job fairs here at MSP for rampers and agents. ASIG is also looking for refuelers.

Source: MPLS Tribune want ads Aug 29, 04.

Mike
 
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:02 am

The only skills you need to be a ramper is to be very good at smashing bags! Our nickname for rampers is BagSmashers. If you can do that then your in.
 
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:13 am

Well, you're not in a very big town so it's much harder. Being in NY, I have n ot only the american companies but also the international carriers as well. Plus, DL is hiring in LGA. Kind of funny considering their state.
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:39 am

Thanks for all the info Everybody!
 
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 11:21 am

NW7E7,

Air2gxs is right, here in LIT your best bet is to take a look at Central Flying Service on the west side of the airport. This FBO pretty much is a monopoly here and they do a lot of hiring for line service. When I worked as a refueler for Airport Services, Inc, even though I only refueled the airlines, ASI is owned by CFS.
Try here http://www.flycfs.com or call them at 501-375-3245

It is not direct work with the airlines but working with the private jets and GA aircraft isn't too bad either!

GulfstreamGuy

BTW, one thing you should keep your eye on is that Allied Signal is looking at building an FBO to compete with CFS.
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 1:16 pm

RiffedAAMech,
And all it takes to be a mechanic is a union mentality, and a chilton/Haynes book with big pictures helping you step by step on how to top off the oil in a number 2 engine.

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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:26 pm

I am currently in the process of applying/hiring for Ramp Agent at Southwest Airlines. It is a long process to say the least. I had to attend a group interview/screening session. Then I was selected to move on to a one-on-one interview. After that I had been selected to go ahead and give my fingerprints for the background check and then I did a drug test. Right now, they are running the background check and I'm waiting to hear from them about what is next, assuming my drug test and background check goes well (which it should, but a simple, accidental mistake on your application that shows any inconsistency could potentially cause them to immediately drop you for consideration).

This has been a lot harder than I ever expected. In fact, this is my second try. It's been stressful for me since I REALLY want this job!

I have a friend that works for WN and it was because of him that got all of this in motion. He told me when and where to meet for a group session, etc. I haven't publicly heard them announce they are hiring at this location. Most airlines have a form of online, informal application/resume for you to fill out which will be kept in their database for either 6 months, or a year depending on the airline. If they are creating a pool of potential new hires, they will contact individuals in that database.

It takes persistence. You will find that you will progress through many different stages of the hiring process and not even be officially offered the job until the very end, if you make it that far. Just find some airlines you would be interested in working for and find out as much information as you can as to how you go about applying. Websites are a good place to start. Hope this helps.

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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:36 pm

RiffedAAMech,
And all it takes to be a mechanic is a union mentality, and a chilton/Haynes book with big pictures helping you step by step on how to top off the oil in a number 2 engine.

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Bro that is funny and a true statement haha kudos
 
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 11:37 pm

Silver1SWA brought up some great points,
Patience and persistence are definitely necessary...I tried for three years before finally landing a ramp job, and I live in a big hub city! He was also right on about the application process. It takes several weeks for everything to go through, and there are so many tests and paperwork to fill out I thought I was applying to be an astrounaut  Big grin
Also, if you don't have luck getting hired for the airlines, check out the local FBOs. As someone said above, it's not airline work but at least you'll be at the airport and building up experience.
 
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Fri Sep 03, 2004 11:47 pm

print up a resume and then go to an airline's check in desks. ask to see a supervisor and turn in your resume to them. be sure to put in the goal box that you want a customer service agent position. best of luck!!
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Sat Sep 04, 2004 12:06 am

Being in a town like LIT, which is obviously not a hub for anyone, if no airlines are hiring, I would definately look into working at the FBO. FBO's can be fun places to work, its a lot more to do than just pulling Cessna's in and out of hangars and refueling planes. Although I never worked at the FBO in JAX, formerly the last AirKaman, now Signature Air Service, my brother did and loved the job. Its great for someone going through college, as there is a lot of down time for studying, and every now and then, you get odd aircraft combinations. He has parked and dispatched about every type of aircraft, from DC-3's to a C-5. It certainly can have its perks.
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Sat Sep 04, 2004 10:39 am

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You know bagsmashers wish they had the mechanical aptitude to be AMT's. Who wants to spend their working life stuck in the cargo of an airplane smashing bags all day? By the way, the Chilton/Haynes book your referring to is used to fix your '78 Datsun, not an aircraft.
 
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RE: How Do You Become A Ramper?

Sat Sep 04, 2004 10:41 am

Delta wouldn't even return my calls until I finished my MBA at Harvard.
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