Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

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About the Job

Supervise and coordinate the activities of ground crew in the loading, unloading, securing, and staging of aircraft cargo or baggage. May determine the quantity and orientation of cargo and compute aircraft center of gravity. May accompany aircraft as member of flight crew and monitor and handle cargo in flight, and assist and brief passengers on safety and emergency procedures. Includes loadmasters.

It is also Called

  • Transportation Agent
  • Sort Operations Supervisor
  • Ramp Supervisor
  • Ramp Service Employee
  • Ramp Lead
  • Ramp Boss
  • Ramp and Cargo Supervisor
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Operations Manager
  • Loadmaster
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What They Do

  • Accompany aircraft as a member of the flight crew to monitor and handle cargo in flight.
  • Calculate load weights for different aircraft compartments, using charts and computers.
  • Distribute cargo in such a manner that space use is maximized.
  • Train new employees in areas such as safety procedures or equipment operation.
  • Direct ground crews in the loading, unloading, securing, or staging of aircraft cargo or baggage.
  • Determine the quantity and orientation of cargo and compute an aircraft's center of gravity.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ER.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $49,820 with most people making between $32,340 and $77,670

Outlook

1.67%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 1,200 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,300 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 20 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.