How Do I Become a Line Service Technician?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill
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In order to become a line service technician, you will need to check with an airline and ask about potential opportunities. Many airports only require a high school diploma for employment, but there are trade schools available for technicians. These may not be required, but they may help you get your foot in the door if you are competing against those with no formal training. Some technical schools may also have courses.

A line service technician is someone who works to maintain aircraft, aid with takeoff and directing pilots, and other maintenance jobs. They may also handle baggage and help with refueling aircraft before takeoff. In order to become a line service technician, you will need to contact an airport near you and ask about potential opportunities. If there are none available at the time you call, you may be able to get another job with the company and then move to your desired position later.

Although you won't necessarily need any particular education to become a line service technician, it can be helpful to have some training prior to applying for a job. There are trade schools offering training specifically for this profession. Courses will teach you the basics of working with airlines and you will learn firsthand the types of work you'll be expected to master. These courses have varying lengths, and schools tailored specifically for line technicians are not available everywhere.

If there is no school located where you live, you might be able to find classes at your local technical college. Talk to a student adviser about potential classes that could help you become a line service technician. If you do attend school, you may have a better shot at getting a job right after you have completed your training, since many schools offer job boards and placement programs for recent graduates.

Should you decide that school isn't for you, you should schedule a meeting with the decision maker at your local airport. Ask him or her what it would take to land a position there and the types of skills required for the job. In many cases, you will stand out for taking the initiative to listen to the needs of hiring officers, and you will have a better chance of being remembered when a position become available.

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