|There is currently a posting with the required qualifications. If you have your TC DXP exams written and relevant flight ops experience that should get you an interview. From what I can remember the interview is more behavioral based with a flight ops kick. I had to write a basic geography and problem solving exam after the interview. Once in the WJ training there are weekly exams based on the weeks lessons. WJ company Training is 6-8 weeks m-f classroom (Flt planning, MET, NAV, Tech OPS, Company COM/FOM, Software, etc) followed by an average of 3 months of OJT before your desk check so it is more or less a 4-6 month commitment at a steep learning curve so Id be prepared to commit to that time otherwise you can easily fall behind.
As far as tips - be yourself! Suggestions - get your exams written if you don't have them already. They are still free at TC and are quite difficult so it says a lot if you have taken the initiative to go out and do them on your own.
All in all having worked many years in the bizav side of things, in my opinion, this is the best gig going in Canada. Great team, awesome company with a solid looking future, best work life balance, and a fun job day in and day out with many challenging areas of operation - I have zero regrets about making the move here.
Posting Open Date: 07/16/2012 - Posting Close Date: 07/18/2012
•Exercise safe and efficient operational control over WestJet flights in conjunction with the Pilot-in-command and in accordance with all Canadian and foreign regulations, and WestJet policies and procedures.
•Analyze operational information including forecast and actual weather conditions, NOTAM, runway and aerodrome suitability, navigation aids, communications, en-route facilities and other constraints which may affect WestJet flights.
•Flight planning, including route analysis and calculation of fuel requirements.
•Formulate, authorize and issue operational flight plans for WestJet flights.
•Review, revise and communicate changes to the operational flight plan to the Pilot in Command as required.
•Ensure that flight plans have been properly filed and amended with the appropriate ATC facility as required.
•Maintain Flight Watch over all WestJet flights within the sector of operation.
•Provide flight crew briefings.
•Coordinate all aircraft MEL and maintenance limitations with Maintenance Control.
•Coordinate airport curfew extension approvals as required by local airport authorities.
•Communicate information pertaining to irregular operations to the Chief Duty Dispatcher and Commercial Operations as required.
•Recommend flight delays or cancellations to the Chief Duty Dispatcher and Commercial Operations as required.
•Other duties as outlined in the Company Operations Manual.
•Successful completion of the Transport Canada Flight Dispatch Generic Examinations (FDOPS and FDMET) required.
•Valid Air Operator Radio License an asset.
•Minimum 21 years of age as required by Transport Canada.
•One year flight dispatch experience in a (CARS 705) Type A or B operational control system preferred. FAA Dispatch License an asset.
•Commercial Pilot License an asset.
•Flight Service Specialist experience an asset.
•Air Traffic Control experience an asset.
•Related experience within a Flight Operations Department an asset.
•Demonstrated good working knowledge of general computer and software applications.
•Demonstrated success multi tasking during high pressure situations in a fast paced dynamic environment.
•Proven ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
•Demonstrated excellence in prioritization and organization.
•Strong interpersonal skills with past success establishing respect and credibility through actions.
•Proven ability to communicate in a clear, accurate, concise and professional manner.