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Aircraft Service Attendant

What They Do

About This Career

Services aircraft with fuel. May de-ice aircraft, refill water and cooling agents, empty sewage tanks, service air and oxygen systems, or clean and polish exterior.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Applies de-icing fluid to aircraft from baskets lifted by truck-mounted cranes.
  • Changes aircraft oil, coolant, or other fluids.
  • Cleans aircraft interiors by picking up waste, wiping down windows, or vacuuming.
  • Climbs ladders to reach aircraft surfaces to be cleaned.
  • Completes forms describing tasks completed.
  • De-greases aircraft exteriors.
  • Empties aircraft lavatory systems or refills them with sanitizer fluid.
  • Guides aircraft to designated areas using hand signals, batons, or other methods.
  • Inspects aircraft components to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems.
  • Loads baggage or cargo for crew or passengers.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work


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