Pay for aircraft loaders varies depending on experience.
Aircraft loaders start on about $20 an hour.
After two years' experience, they usually earn between $20 and $24 an hour.
Senior aircraft loaders or team leaders can earn $25 to $29 an hour.
Many aircraft loaders work part-time hours.
Source : Air New Zealand, 2018.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
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.
Skills and knowledge
Aircraft loaders need to have :
knowledge of baggage and freight handling, as well as stacking and lifting techniques
knowledge of how to handle dangerous goods
an understanding of airport regulations and procedures, and safety and emergency procedures
driving skills for operating specialist vehicles such as aircraft tugs.
Aircraft loaders :
usually work shifts, including weekends or evenings, and may work casually, part-time or full-time
spend most of their time outside on the tarmac, in aircraft cabins and baggage holds, and baggage sorting rooms
work in most types of weather, and in conditions that may be fumy and noisy.
There are no specific requirements to become an aircraft loader. However, a New Zealand Certificate in Aviation (Ground Handling) may be useful.
A New Zealand driver's licence is usually needed.
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 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
Useful experience for aircraft loaders includes :
work at an airport
work with heavy machinery and vehicles
work in a team
any work involving heavy lifting.
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.