Nature of the work:
The aircraft fueler operates the fueling equipment sometimes with the help of a driver. Generally, the fueling process entails driving a truck filled with aviation fuel to a waiting aircraft where the fueler climbs onto the wings of the aircraft with the fuel hose in order to reach the fuel tank openings and fill the plane with fuel. Fuelers also assist in keeping the fuel trucks filled. Fuelers must work outdoors in all types of weather and conditions, and they must be efficient and punctual, since timing is essential to a smooth flight schedule. Fuelers are an important part of the ramp crew, insuring that aircrafts have enough fuel to get where they need to go.
Working Conditions: The aircraft fueler works outdoors in all kinds of weather
Qualifications: Fuelers do not necessarily need prior experience, since they will be trained on the job. You must be able to pass a 10-year FBI background check. There are rules and regulations the FAA requires fuelers to know, but they can often become certified through their employer, who must also be FAA certified. Some mechanical aptitude, such as being able to learn to operate machinery, is helpful, as is the ability to work in all types of weather conditions with potentially hazardous aviation gasoline and kerosene. . Shift work is required, and a uniform must be worn. Fuelers have an average pay scale of $10.00 to $12.00 per hour.
BAGGAGE & AIR CARGO HANDLER
The baggage and air cargo handler loads and unloads baggage, air mail, air express, and air cargo shipments. He or she operates baggage tugs, conveyors, fork lifts, and other baggage and air freight handling equipment. The Baggage Handler is responsible for loading and unloading baggage. They may lift heavy luggage, mail sacks, and fasten freight under pressure and time. They use trucks, forklifts, baggage carts, and conveyors to load aircraft in a safe and cautious manner. These materials are loaded in the baggage compartments (belly) of the aircraft. Almost all work is done outdoors and uniforms are required for security purposes. These employees work on arriving and departing aircraft which provides a varying work schedule in accordance to the airlines flight schedule. Training is usually done on the job. The average pay scale of $9.25 to $11.50 per hour.
The baggage and air cargo handler loads and unloads baggage, air mail, air express, and air cargo shipments. He or she drives baggage tractors and operates conveyors, fork lifts, fork trucks, and other baggage and airfreight-handling equipment. Machinery also is used to sort and route baggage and air cargo to and from various flights.
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