Hello again, due to enough interest in the training process for WN
ramp agents, I've decided to continue the posts. I've decided to make a total of four parts, with part one already done and this being part two. Part three will complete the jobs I haven't quite learned and then part four will be the 9 days in Dallas.
Day 1: Since the aiport badging office doesn't open until 8am, I was told to report to the ticket counter at 8am instead of 7am when my shift was supposed to start. The badging process requires you to watch videos on airport security followed by a test. After I got my airport security badge I had to take a non movement area driving test. It was just a few videos with questions after on the different rules and regulations for driving in non movement areas of the BDL
Around 1030am, I was complete with everything and on my way to meet up with my trainer. During on the job training you basically have the same schedule as your designated trainer. Also whatever job he is assigned for the day, you are expected to do. He duty for the first shift 7-1315 was rover - 6.
The six stand for the gate number you are responsible for. Any flights out of that gate you are expected to be there. Here at BDL
we operate out of gate 2, 4, 6, and 8. You are only assigned a gate 4 or gate 6, so when a flight comes into the other gates you just go over and do what needs to be done. Also just because you are assigned a gate doesn't mean you get to sit around when it's empty. You are expected to help out with every flight coming in or out.
As a rover you are responsible for a few things. First you must chock the aircraft, hook up ground power, air, and connect the towbar. Then your put into the aircraft bins to unload and load aircraft. Then finally you wing walk the plane.
At first I was stuck just taking bags from the belt and sliding them to my trainer. I learned the proper way to slide the bags to make it easier for the person stacking. After a few aircraft turns, it was my turn to stack. At first I didn't quite get it down. But after some practice I was turning into a decent stacker. I was also getting the wingwalking routine down pretty good.
Then from 1315-1530 we became bag runners/ t-point assist. Although I don't remember much from it because my trainer did everything since it was my first day and he had very little time to teach the job.
Day 2: Day two dragged on the most of all the days. Todays shift was 7-330 for me. All day in t-point. Here you sort bags by flight, transfers, local bags, downline bags, and destination. By the end of the day I had t-point down very well. I was stacking bags in carts like a pro. Luckily I found out that many of the senior guys will take your t point duty if you don't want it as they like being away from it all.
Day 3: Day three was back to excitement. We were assigned rover 6 again. But this time I did just about everything without and direction. I got a few compliments from fellow coworkers about my stacking which really helped build my confidence. Also my trainer was letting me wing walk without any assistance. This day was also very hectic. I worked 15 flights with a majority being turns. Every flight that came in I was in the bins either sliding or stacking. Today I also started drivng the beltloader and bag tug more often.
Day 4: Day four was a little easier as I was assigned to freight/mail runner. I learned all the basics fairly quickly and since it was a fairly slow day for both of those my trainer let me just help out with whatever was going on. I did a lot of loading and unloading of bags and moving of carts. Basically anyone that needed help, I helped.
So far I'm really enjoying my new job. The shift is a little weird to get used to as I work Wed-Sun 7-330 but I'm sure I'll get used to it soon. Right now I'm torn on bidding for the night crew or morning as a lot of the night guys want me to join them since most are younger. I can easily get mornings with mid weekdays off though and that would be nice too. So it's hard to say, right now I'm going to relax and enjoy my weekend. If you have any questions just ask me.