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

  • Air Cargo Ground Crew Supervisor
  • Air Cargo Ground Operations Supervisor
  • Air Cargo Specialist
  • Air Cargo Specialist Supervisor
  • Airfreight Loading Supervisor
  • Airfreight Operations Agent
  • Airport Operations Supervisor
  • Airport Ramp Supervisor
  • Baggage Handling Supervisor
  • Cargo Services Coordinator
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What They Do

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

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.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $54,180 with most people making between $32,160 and $81,860

Outlook

3.23%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 31 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 10 replacement openings for approximately 11 total annual openings.



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