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Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer
Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
  • Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - flight test new or altered aircraft
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
  • Getting Information - read maps
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - use two-way radio or mobile phone
  • Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.

About the test

The HR Avatar Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Multitasking
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:53-2011.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Transportation and Material Moving
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$65,000 or less
Bottom 25%:
$87,930 or less
$127,820 (Average)
Top 25%:
$195,550 or more
Top 10%:
$208,000 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:1,930

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Transportation
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Psychology
Top Skills
  • Operation and Control
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Reading Comprehension
Top Abilities
  • Control Precision
  • Response Orientation
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Flexibility of Closure
  • Multilimb Coordination
  • Rate Control
  • Inductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
Master's Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
8 - 10 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Air Force Pilot, Aircraft Captain, Aircraft Pilot, Airline Captain, Airline Captain (Line Pilot), Airline Pilot, Airline Pilot (Captain), Airline Pilot Flight Instructor, Airline Pilot/First Officer, Airline Transport Pilot, Airplane Pilot, Army Helicopter Pilot, Astronaut, Captain, Captain Airline Pilot, Captain/Airline Pilot, Captain/Check Airman, Charter Pilot, Check Airman, Co Pilot, Co-Pilot, Commercial Airline Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Commuter Pilot, Executive Pilot, Facilities Flight Check Pilot, Fighter Pilot, First Officer, First Officer and Flight Instructor, Flight Inspector, International First Officer, Jet Pilot, Military Pilot, Navigator, Navy Fighter Pilot, Pilot, Pilot (Captain), Pilot Captain, Regional Airline Pilot, Systems Navigator

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  • Review and summarize customer product feedback emails.
  • Calculate a product defect rate.
  • Make a product purchase recommendation.
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  • Respond to a customer inquiry.
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