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Advice about working in an Aviation job

Published: Friday 17th April 2015

The aviation industry is a broad industry which caters for a number of skill sets, from customer support and airport management roles to highly skilled technical roles such as aircraft engineering and piloting planes. If you have a passion for travel and aircraft the good news is that the British aviation industry is a major power player in the UK economy, contributing over £52billion a year. Almost a million people in Britain work in aviation jobs and it is a sector that is always growing to meet public demand for international travel. 

Main areas of employment covered by Aviation jobs

1.  Skilled technical roles such as airline pilot jobs, airline captain jobs and air traffic control jobs

2.  Customer support roles such as cabin crew jobs, airport management jobs and terminal management jobs and passenger check in support staff

3.  Ground service roles, including baggage handling jobs, cargo handling jobs and flight planning

4.  Engineering roles such as aircraft engineering jobs, aircraft mechanics and electrician jobs and sheet metal workers 

As well as commercial airlines and the UK’s major airports, the defence industry and Royal Air Force also recruit for aviation jobs. Many aviation jobs offer on-the-job training for those with relevant working experience. Other aviation jobs such as pilot vacancies or aircraft engineering vacancies require formal qualifications.

Aeroplane flying in the dawn sky

Airline Pilot Jobs

An airline pilot job is a rewarding but highly responsible role. It will not only be your duty to fly passengers to their destination but ensure all required safety checks are carried out and show leadership during difficult situations. Rewards of the role include being able to travel all over the world as well as generous pay.

Pilots train for pilot jobs in the Civil Aviation Authority, a university or via a company training scheme. Many commercial pilots also learn to fly in the armed forces. Key skills you need are good hand-eye coordination, concentration and the ability to keep calm under pressure. 

Cabin Crew jobs

Cabin crew jobs, also known as flight attendants or air hostesses and hosts, are one of the most important frontline roles within the airline industry. The main duties of a flight attendant are to ensure the passengers are provided with excellent customer service throughout the flight and be responsible for the passenger’s safety. When not flying, time may be spent attending pre-flight briefings or filling out post-flight reports. 

If you would like to apply for a cabin crew job you need good GCSEs and A-Levels. Speaking a second language is incredibly helpful. Other important skills for a cabin crew job include excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, a strong work ethic as your shifts can be demanding, and maintaining a professional appearance. Experience working in a similar customer service role such as in a shop or restaurant is helpful. If you love to travel and have a passion for serving customers, a cabin crew job could be perfect for you. 

Aviation Marshall / Supervisor meets passenger airplane at the airport.

Baggage Handling jobs

The main activities involved in a baggage handler job are to load and unload freight between flights, transfer luggage from the check in to the departure area and check and sort luggage. Driving luggage transfer vehicles may be involved. Baggage handling jobs may sound simple but the working day can be intense. A good level of physical strength is required as is the ability to work under pressure, as even small delays can cause problems. 

Although not essential, experience of warehouse work or operating Large Heavy Goods vehicles is helpful. You may also be able to find a baggage handler job through an apprenticeship scheme. 

Aircraft Engineering jobs

Aircraft engineering is a broad field centered on the research and development and the design of aircraft and their components. Engineers work in the ever expanding commercial airline and defence sector. Fortunately it is an in demand profession, both in the UK and worldwide. 

To work in an aircraft engineer job you need an Undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering or Airspace Engineering. You also need a Masters or Postgraduate qualification to become a Chartered Engineer. Many companies offer graduate trainee schemes. Ongoing training is likely to be required throughout your career. 

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