Air Transportation Apprentice in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 10/28/2019

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Air Transportation Apprentice

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Upon completion of initial skills training will complete OJT training to enhance skills and knowledge to progress to next level in Air Transportation Specialist career field.
  • Performs and manages air transportation activities.
  • Processes eligible air cargo, passengers, and mail.
  • Transports cargo to and from airfields as well as performs delivery of cargo to end user.
  • Operates (to include daily maintenance checks) automated or manual materials handling and other loading equipment (pallet jacks, forklifts 4,000-15,000 lbs. capacities), cargo loading sleds, Delta III transports,  passenger vans and pick-up trucks.
  • Follows procedures for loading passenger and cargo aboard aircraft, preparing cargo records.
  • Follows necessary safety and security precautions for handling and storing dangerous materials, special cargoes, mail, and baggage.
  • Becomes familiar with proper loading and compatibility of hazardous material according to military regulations.
  • Uses material handling equipment for cargo loading and unloading operations.
  • Ensures all cargo documentation, packaging, labeling and marking requirements have been met.
  • Selects, assembles, palletizes, and transports aircraft cargo loads to and from aircraft and storage areas.
  • Checks cargo against manifest, and annotates overage, shortage, or damage.
  • Secures cargo with appropriate devices and equipment adhering to current USAF regulations.
  • Expedites cargo movement as necessary.
  • Diligently conducts quality assurance practices throughout the cargo movement and pallet building process; reporting all incurred damage to cargo and equipment immediately to shift supervisor for further documentation.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.  
  • Attends daily safety meetings.
  • Uses Shipping Numbers and barcode data during cargo movement tracking.
  • Receives, identifies and distributes cargo to appropriate agencies in a proficient manner without compromising condition of cargo.
  • Maintains and performs required preventative maintenance and inventory of Tie-Down Equipment.
  • Identifies, prepares and labels damaged aircraft pallets and tie-down equipment for shipment to CONUS or Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Maintains and organizes cargo area creating an efficient and safe work environment.
  • Work outdoors, often in inclement weather conditions in 12-hour shifts.  
  • Work weekends and extra hours as required.   Work continual shifts during resupply vessel operations.
  • Frequently perform strenuous physical work.
  • Occasionally needs to lift and push 75lbs.
  • Frequently needs to lift and push 50lbs.
  • Constantly moves 20 lb. objects.
  • Frequently climbs vertical ladders and platforms into and out of equipment and to access cargo.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Knowledge of passenger and cargo movement functions to include transport aircraft types, capabilities, and configurations; weight and balance factors; airlift transportation directives and documentation; cargo securing techniques; operation of material handling and other types of loading equipment or devices is preferred.
  • Some experience in automated or manual materials handling and other loading equipment, aircraft cargo/freight operations, warehouse experience, or a combination of all is required.
  • Valid US Driver’s License required (Class "A" preferred)
  • Must be willing to work 12-hour rotating shifts outdoors in inclement weather conditions including weekends and extra hours as required.   Work continual shifts during resupply vessel operations.
  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.
  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors.
  • Must successfully complete the physical, dental and psychological (if applicable) examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica.
  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts and safety objectives.
  • US citizenship or Permanent US Resident status is required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

PAE is a drug free workplace.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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