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Career Information

Aviation Industry

Hong Kong International Airport is a transportation hub in the Asia-Pacific region. In recent years, passenger capacity and cargo volume have grown and driven the local aviation to flourish. With the increase in demand for the manpower of aviation, some airlines hold large-scale job fairs every year and attract more and more young people to join this sector. Lately, many colleges and universities offer aviation-related professional courses to cultivate talented people in Hong Kong. The elemental work of the aviation included cabin attendants, ground crews, aircraft engineers and aircraft maintenance personnel.

Duties

  • Greet and lead passengers to designated seats
  • Provide flight and safety information
  • Prepare and arrange catering services for passengers
  • Answer passengers’ inquiries
  • Keep the cabin clean and clean up the trash

Working hours

Working hours depend on the flight

Working environment

Work in the cabin

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Flight attendant
Approximately $14,000 - 18,000
Experience 0-3 years
Cabin chief
Approximately $23,000
Experience 3-6 years
Cabin service manager
Approximately $36,000
Experience 10 years or more

Entry requirements

  • Level 2 or above in five subjects (including English) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE)
  • Comply with the language proficiency requirements of the airline
  • Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Meet the airline’s height requirement and pass the physical examination

Duties

Ground crew is responsible for providing customer services in the airport for passengers from different countries. Their main duties are as follows:

  • Assist passengers in departure procedures
  • Check passenger travel documents and flight ticket
  • Seat allocation and baggage arrangement for passengers
  • Attend to customer enquiries

Working hours

42 hours a week, work in shift or may require work overtime

Working environment

Work in restricted and/or non-restricted area in the airport

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Ground crew
Approximately $8,000-$12,000
Customer service manager (level 1/2/3)
Customer service supervisor (level 1/2)

Entry requirements

  • Level 2 or equivalent or above in five subjects (including English Language) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) , or equivalent
  • Comply with the language proficiency requirements of the airline. Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin

Duties

Some of the local airlines hold commercial pilot training program in order to attract more young talents to join their industry. The examinations of Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is rigorous, in order to become a qualified pilot, it requires candidates to pass various examinations and accumulate certain numbers of flight hours. The main duties of a pilot are as follows:

  • Responsible for take-off, landing, navigating and managing the cockpit
  • Manage and communicate with the in-flight crew
  • Ensure the aircraft safety and carry the passengers to the destination
  • Contact and keep in touch with airport control tower
  • Communicate with ground crew, flight attendants and engineers

Working hours

Working hours depends on duration of flights

Working environment

Work indoors in airplanes, respond to changing weather conditions and other emergencies

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Pilot trainee
Approximately $30,000 or above
Second officer
Approximately $50,000 or above
Experience 2-3 years or more
First officer
Approximately $70,000 or above
Experience 7-8 years

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 or equivalent or above in five subjects (including English Language, Mathematics and Physics) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) , or equivalent (Education requirements may vary from one   company to another)
  • Comply with the language proficiency requirements of the airline. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English
  • Comply with the height and eyesight requirements of the airline company

Duties

Aircraft maintenance engineers maintain and repair the aircraft to ensure the aircraft operation properly and safely, and also safeguard the lives of the passengers and cabin crew. Aircraft maintenance is carried out in four sections: general maintenance, structural maintenance, the engine and aircraft frames maintenance and the communications and electronic maintenance. The main duties are as follows:

  • Repair aircraft structural damages
  • Routine inspection and tire replacement
  • Inspection and maintenance of the aircraft engine system
  • Maintain aircraft cockpit communication and electronics systems

Working hours

Approximately 48 hours a week, work in shift

Working environment

Work in air fields, hangars and repair stations; sometimes need to endure hot and cold temperatures when handling tasks outdoors

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Aircraft machine maintenance engineer
Approximately $10,000-$14,000
Aircraft machine maintenance tradesman
Approximately $15,000
Experience 1-2 years
Approved maintenance technician
Approximately $20,000

Entry requirements

  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • A good command of spoken and written English and Chinese

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