I was hired by ACA
as a crew scheduler, but decided not to do it. Just to reiterate what MEL
said, "very hectic" but it could be fun if you are the kind of person who likes to put puzzles together and solve problems.....a "think out of the box" sort of person. Just to forewarn you, as a crew scheduler everything is your fault, at least that's what a lot of crew members think. I have personally witnessed a captain cursing a crew scheduler out for something that was totally out of their control. In the crew rooms and terminals you will overhear pilots and flight attendants calling them "Screw" scheduling (duh) and I honestly think the only reason they do it is because they heard someone else call them that and they thought it was funny. What these people don't realize is, crew schedulers are human beings, with real feelings, and rules that they too must live by. I have found that if you treat a crew scheduler right, they will do everything they can for you. As a scheduler you must learn FARs, rest requirements, how to handle a decision as to whether or not to allow someone to drop a trip, do you have enough reserves, would it save the company money to use reserves or have someone do overtime, is "so and so" going to time out, if he does do I have someone to fill in for them, etc, etc, etc. I didn't even mention the fact that a Nor' Easter at Dulles could totally change everything you spent the entire day planning for. Also you must work shifts and holidays. On the plus side, you meet some real fine people and you learn the insides of an airline operation. If you think about it, if you are working by yourself one dark, cold night, ACA
's entire operation could depend on you alone. Also there are opportunities for advancement. You can move up to Manager of Crew Scheduling or something else in the executive ranks perhaps. Plus you get to fly for free. If I had lived a little closer to Dulles at the time I would have taken it, but it was two hours of driving and another job came up. It was a hard decision for me to make. As for what they look for.......I am not sure. Maybe someone with a successful track record and is willing to learn. Knowledge of the Federal Aviation Regulations probably wouldn't hurt either. But personally I think dependability is a big thing. Do you call in sick once a month? Remember, if you call in sick and they can't find anyone to fill in, ACA
may be in a heap of trouble that day.