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Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

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

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Airborne and Air Delivery Specialist; Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist; Aviation Supply Specialist; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Crew Chief, KC-130; Naval Aircrewman Helicopter; Naval Aircrewman Mechanical; Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter

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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • teaching people how to do something

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Attention
  • 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

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

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

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$44,840
per year, on average
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