Airport service people, or airport custodial services attendants, serve as the maintenance people of the airport cutting grass, cleaning windows, operate snowplows, maintaining runway lights, performing janitorial work, and being responsible for the airport’s general upkeep and cleanliness. At airports owned by a government agency, you will have to apply for these jobs through that agency. Their employment offices are often located away from the airport. The application process may include taking a civil service exam. Other airports may be privately or commercially owned. They will either hire employees themselves or use a management contractor to handling their hiring.
Most of these positions are entry-level and can lead to other airport jobs.
The work may require long hours on your feet. Some service people must work outside regardless of the weather conditions. Some shifts require working nights, weekends, or holidays. For security reasons, service people must wear uniforms.
Attention to detail is important, as is the ability to stand or walk for a long time. Some jobs require lifting heavy objects up to 70 pounds. For some jobs, a mechanical ability is helpful as well as a basic to advanced knowledge of tools.
A high school diploma or equivalent is often required. Depending on the work involved, a four-year college or vocational degree may be required. If vehicles are driven, a valid driver’s license and clean driving record is necessary. Some airport serviceperson jobs do not require experience, but more advanced positions may require several years of previous experience.
On-the-job training is provided for most service people jobs, though advanced positions will require that candidates have previous training and/or experience.
Salary and Benefits
Janitor or Cleaner $19,910
General Maintenance Worker I: $25,489- $34,198
Depending on the employer, benefits may include health and life insurance, and paid vacation time.