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Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

Also called: Cargo Supervisor, Equipment Service Lead, Operations Supervisor, Ramp Supervisor

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Distribute cargo in such a manner that space use is maximized.
  • Calculate load weights for different aircraft compartments, using charts and computers.
  • Direct ground crews in the loading, unloading, securing, or staging of aircraft cargo or baggage.


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • teaching people how to do something


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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