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GSE Technician

Southwest Airlines Nashville, TN
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March 26, 2023
Southwest Airlines
Nashville, TN


Ground Operations

Our Company Promise

We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.


  • Job Summary

  • The work of a Ground Equipment Mechanic includes performing mechanical maintenance work such as dismantling, repairing, fabricating, welding, altering, painting, and maintaining automotive, ramp, provisioning, and deicing equipment and components.

  • Responsibilities

  • Diagnoses and repairs various types of automotive, ramp, provisioning, and deicing equipment utilized within the airline industry

  • Performs both preventative maintenance and unscheduled maintenance on all airline ground equipment

  • Attends initial and ongoing training (classroom and/or on-the-job), and keeps current on knowledge, information, and equipment to maintain proficiency in their work

  • Create and track work orders performed in a timely manner into maintenance tracking program

  • Required to wear Company visual identification card, prominently displayed above the waist for ready recognition

  • Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description

  • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee's Leaders

  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency in the maintenance and repair of electrical and hydraulic systems

  • Ability to perform minor or major body repair

  • Ability to read documents, follow instructions, learn and understand procedures, rules, and regulations including federal and local security regulations

  • Ability to read and research technical manuals and electrical & hydraulic schematics

  • Ability to work under tight time constraints to accomplish job tasks

  • Ability to effectively communicate in both written and verbal form

  • Ability to work well under stressful situations

  • Ability to work well with others as part of a Team

  • Proficiency in arc, gas, and MIG welding, as well as cutting torch

  • Proficiency in metal fabrication

  • Proficiency in equipment spray painting

  • Education

  • Required: High School Diploma or GED

  • Preferred: Associate's Degree or automotive/equipment repair technical degree

  • Experience

  • Required: 3 Years Heavy truck and/or equipment repair experience with a technical degree

  • Required: 5 Years Heavy truck and/or equipment repair experience in lieu of a technical degree

  • Preferred: Experience using a computer inventory tracking system

  • Licensing/Certification

  • ASE and A/C Certification preferred

  • Must possess and maintain valid state motor vehicle operator's license

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SIDA badge and meet all local airport requirements

  • Physical Abilities

  • Must be able to work in vicinity of ramps, hangers and terminals

  • Must be able to lift and move items up to 50 pounds on a regular basis

  • Must be able to climb, bend, kneel, crawl and stoop on a frequent basis, and for extended periods

  • Must be able to perform job functions within a confined space or in potentially hazardous areas

  • May be required to work thru inclement weather

  • Other Qualifications

  • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines

  • Required to have a complete set of mechanic�s tools

  • May be required to travel by airplane to other cities to perform field service work outside of the normal shop environment. May also include overnight stays

  • Must be able to work varied shifts and/or overtime, as well as on holidays and weekends

  • Must be able to satisfactorily complete training program and six-month probationary evaluation period

Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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