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The aviation industry offers a variety of occupations and opportunities available including careers with airlines and airport operations, in government, manufacturing and technical and skilled trades.
Aviation offers many rewarding and exciting opportunities and we invite you to explore these careers and learn more in our Aviation Career Overviews and in our printed Career Guide. Also, access over 70,000 aviation specific jobs with our Job Search membership.
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Aviation Career Overviews
Aviation offers many varied exciting and rewarding opportunities.
Entry level positions with an airline, cover a wide variety of operations and duties. Most of these positions involve extensive customer service contact requiring strong interpersonal and communication skills. No previous experience is required, although you may be required to work evening or early-morning hours, adhere to a strict physical appearance, and lift heavy objects. Entry level positions such as Pilot, or Mechanic require special licenses issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, and/or specific previous work experience. Specific hiring requirements for these positions may also be obtained by viewing the job posting details or contacting the specific airline.
To eliminate any confusion, all positions are regarded as customer service positions. Every second an airline employee spends with a passenger or potential passenger is critical. Most passengers choose their airline based on the quality of service received. Passengers may never see you, but they will remember their telephone conversation, the comfort of their flight, and the way their baggage arrived; safely, timely at the correct destination. They will thank you by flying your airline over and over again.
Research and Explore Aviation Industry Career Options
Avjobs provides overviews for many career types in the Aviation, Airline, Airport and Aerospace industries. After thoroughly researching possible careers/jobs, several options will emerge as most realistic and attractive. These options should become your career or job search goals. At this point, it is useful to get feedback from experts in the field or Avjobs Career Consultants to determine if your assessment is realistic. A telephone call or two with an Avjobs Career Center Consultant is strongly encouraged to discuss your analysis and decisions.
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Aerospace Manufacturing and Assembly Career Overview
The aerospace industry (of which aircraft manufacturing is one portion) is primarily engaged in the design, development and manufacture of aircraft, missiles, spacecraft, their propulsion, navigation and guidance systems, and other aeronautical and astronautical systems and their components.
The major divisions within the aircraft manufacturing industry are airframe, components, accessory and equipment, and engine.
Ground support equipment (GSE) is the support equipment found at an airport, usually on the ramp, the servicing area by the terminal. This equipment is used to service the aircraft between flights. As its name implies, GSE is there to support the operations of aircraft on the ground. The functions that this equipment plays generally involve ground power operations, aircraft mobility, and loading operations (for both cargo and passengers). The GSE mechanic services and repairs ground service equipment including portable stairs, fuel and food trucks, towing tractors, aircraft tugs, manlifts, APU's, company automobiles and employee buses.
The aircraft fueller operates the fueling equipment. This employee may fill a fuel truck and deliver the fuel to aircraft. They also may transport cleaning equipment, aircraft air conditioning, and power carts.
Even though the airlines are in business to transport people from one place to another, they could not function without the help of many people on the ground, including those who take reservations and sell tickets, as well as those who help keep the airplanes operating on schedule.
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The aircraft fueller works outdoors in all kinds of weather with potentially hazardous aviation gasoline and kerosene. They operate refueling trucks, and pull out as much as fifty feet of 4 inch hose from the truck to the fuel panel at which point they must lift as much as 60lbs above their head while standing on either a ladder or stool to couple the nozzle to the aircraft. Once the fueling is complete, the ladder or stool must be climbed again and the nozzle removed from the aircraft. Smaller commuter aircraft can require either attaching the hose as previously described or pulling an inch and a half of hose, climbing a ladder and holding approximately 20lbs of hose and nozzle while fueling takes place.
Concessions is the largest hiring department within an airport and is handled by contractors. Concessions include newsstands, restaurants, coffee stands, gift shops, and delicatessens. Although working in concessions can be similar to working in your nearby food store, it is often a way to familiarize yourself with an airport. The department usually has a high turnover rate and tends to require little experience. You will also hear of other opportunities in the airport which are often not advertised to the public. Your best bet is to find out from the airport authority who the concession contractors are and apply directly to those companies. Other airport positions that are often contracted out include parking attendants/cashiers and rental car agents. Again, such positions are a way for you to break in to the airport industry, since they often have a high turnover rate and require little previous experience.
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Customer Service Orientation
Successful applicants must genuinely enjoy providing caring, professional customer service. This is an expectation to provide outstanding service to customers not only to the first customer of each day, but every customer throughout the day. Customers at the end of the day should receive the same high level of service as the customers at the beginning of your day, even though you may have been on duty 14 hours or more.