Ramp agents load, unload and move baggage and cargo around an airport, both landside and airside (before and after the security boundary). They also carry out inspections, hazard checks and operate equipment such as stairs and bridges.
You could be:
- using lifting equipment, operating a conveyor belt or driving a truck to move baggage and cargo around the airport
- checking baggage labels against passenger lists to make sure that the right luggage goes on to the right plane
- correctly loading and storing cargo or luggage in the aircraft's hold so that it can fly safely and fuel efficiently
- unloading baggage onto a conveyer belt or carousel for passengers to collect at baggage reclaim when they land
- clearing runways after a storm or heavy snowfall, de-icing aircraft and making sure airside pavements and surfaces are free of debris
- directing traffic, attaching stairs and bridges to aircraft and operating a variety of ground machinery
- carrying out aircraft and equipment inspections and checking for hazards
- using a radio to report any item that looks suspicious
- ensuring that duties are carried out efficiently to allow aircraft to arrive and depart on time.