Air transport ramp attendants (NOC 7534)

About this job

Air transport ramp attendants operate ramp-servicing vehicles and equipment, handle cargo and baggage and perform other ground support duties at airports. They are employed by airline and air services companies and the federal government.

Common job titles
  • air transport baggage / cargo handler
  • air transport ramp attendant
  • aircraft cleaner / groomer
  • aircraft refueler
  • aircraft towing equipment operator
  • airport ramp attendant


Air transport ramp attendants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • drive and operate ramp-servicing vehicles and equipment such as towing tractors, food service trucks, de-icer sprayers and lavatory servicing trucks
  • position passenger loading stairs and operate aircraft cargo doors
  • marshal or tow aircrafts to gate positions for passenger boarding and deplaning and for loading and unloading of cargo
  • sort and load cargo and passenger baggage according to instructions forwarded by load planner for proper balance
  • unload, sort and route cargo and baggage
  • transport freight between aircraft and airport warehouse
  • clean and prepare aircraft interior for passengers and wash aircraft exterior

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Workers use various types of service vehicles and equipment.
  • The workplace may be noisy enough to affect hearing.

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