Aircraft Loader Kaiuta/Kaihoroi Waka Rererangi

Aircraft loaders load and unload aircraft, and transfer freight and baggage between airport buildings and aircraft.

Aircraft loaders may do some or all of the following:

  • drive baggage and freight between planes and airport terminals or cargo buildings
  • load and unload aircraft
  • operate equipment such as cargo and belt loaders, lift trucks, ramp tractors and loading systems
  • help position loading ramps, passenger ramps and other equipment
  • help guide planes into their berth and secure the aircraft
  • drive aircraft tugs, which push or pull planes into position on the runway or tarmac.

Physical Requirements

Aircraft loaders need to be reasonably fit and strong, with strong backs and good stamina, because they need to lift heavy items. They also need to be able to bend, stoop and work in tight spaces.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for aircraft loaders includes:

  • work at an airport
  • work with heavy machinery and vehicles
  • labouring
  • warehouse work
  • work in a team
  • any work involving heavy lifting.

Personal Qualities

Aircraft loaders need to be:

  • quick-thinking and able to make good judgements
  • able to work well under pressure
  • accurate, methodical and patient in their work
  • able to work well independently and in a team
  • safety-conscious
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for aircraft loaders includes:

  • work at an airport
  • work with heavy machinery and vehicles
  • labouring
  • warehouse work
  • work in a team
  • any work involving heavy lifting.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an aircraft loader. However, construction and mechanical technologies, physical education, maths and English are useful.

Aircraft Loaders can earn around $20-$29 per hour per year.

Aircraft loaders may progress to work as team leaders or managers.

Aircraft Loader

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