Line and Ramp Service Agent jobs are one of the ways that you can get into the aviation industry with little or no previous experience. To be candid these jobs are for the hardy souls who enjoy strenuous work in the out of doors. As a Ramp Agent or Line Service Technician you will be subjected to the elements constantly. Your work is on the ramp side of the terminal. On the tarmac. In the summer it will be hot as blazes. In the winter it’s slick and windy. Now before you think I am trying to talk you out of it let’s talk about the many positives! Many pilots, dispatchers and maintenance tech has started out working on the ramp. It is a great ground level position that will familiarize you with the industry. Some people love it so much they make a career of it. There are line service jobs at small airports as well as the larger airports in the city. There are airline terminals and private terminals. At the airline terminals most ramp agents work for a specific airline (the airline may use a contracted company to provide ramp services) while at the private terminals where privately owned airplanes and corporate aircraft go, the terminal or Fixed Base Operator (FBO) hires line service directly. In other words you work for the FBO.
To get a job in Line Service you need to be able to work in the United States legally. You will also have to pass a criminal background check. If you have ever been convicted of a felony you will not be able to be authorized access to work on the airport. You can check with the airline or FBO to get a list of crimes which would prevent you from being hired. You will also need a valid drivers license. All airports will give you specific training to be able to drive any type of vehicle on the ramp or airport property. To work on the ramp you will also have to undergo pre-employment drug screening and them once hired you will subject to random drug screening with no notice.
So where can you start looking for these type of jobs? Remember I said there are airline terminals and private terminals? Well at the larger airports where airline fly into you would contact the airline or their ramp contractor directly. Here are a few places to start looking:
Some of the better known airline services contract companies are: (click on the company name to be taken to their career page)
Here are a few of the Fixed Base Operators that hire line service personnel:
These links will give you a head-start in your search for a line service or ramp agent job. Be sure to watch the videos about line service and ramp jobs on our videos page here. If you like our website and articles be sure to share with your friends and on your favorite social site! Good luck in your search!