Air Transportation Apprentice in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 8/25/2020

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Job Description

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Air Transportation Apprentice

Air Transportation Apprentice

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Completes on-the-job training to enhance skills and knowledge to progress to next level in Air Transportation Specialist field.
  • Operates and conducts daily maintenance checks on automated and manual material handling equipment, including pallet jacks, forklifts, Delta III transport vehicles, passenger vans and pick-up trucks.
  • Uses material handling equipment for cargo loading and unloading operations, including wheeled forklifts with 4,000-15,000 lb. capacities and cargo sleds.
  • Follows safety and security precautions for handling and storing hazardous materials, special cargo, mail, and passenger baggage.
  • Palletizes cargo for shipment via cargo aircraft, ensuring cargo is secured with appropriate devices and equipment in accordance with current USAF regulations.
  • Ensures proper handling and loading of hazardous cargo according to military transportation regulations.
  • Transports cargo to and from airfields and storage areas.
  • Loads and unloads cargo and passenger aircraft according to established procedures.
  • Checks arriving cargo against manifest, and annotates overage, shortage, or damage.
  • Receives, identifies and distributes cargo to end users in an efficient manner without compromising condition of cargo.
  • Conducts quality assurance checks throughout the cargo movement and pallet building process, reporting any damage to cargo or equipment immediately to a Supervisor for further documentation.
  • Maintains and performs required preventative maintenance and inventory of Tie-Down Equipment, including 463L Air Force pallets, cargo straps and nets, chains and tensioners.
  • Identifies, labels and prepares damaged aircraft pallets and tie-down equipment for shipment to CONUS or Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Organizes and maintains various work areas, creating an efficient and safe work environment while ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Attends and/or presents daily/weekly safety meetings.
  • Works 12-hour rotating shifts outdoors in inclement weather conditions, including weekends and extra hours as required.
  • 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.
  • Experience in loading and unloading aircraft, operation of material handling and other types of loading equipment or devices, or palletizing and securing cargo is preferred.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States without sponsorship.

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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