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Question by mishawn712: air traffic control?
What are the career steps to take in order for you to become an Air Traffic controller. Im looking into college’s, internships, etc…

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Answer by Lycra L
My sister is an air traffic controller and it’s very difficult to gain a job in this field.

You have to be HIGHLY advanced at mathematics and physics.

She passed a degree in Aerospace engineering, then did a 3 year training course in ATC.

Good luck, you’ll need it…….

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7 thoughts on “air traffic control?

  1. walt554 says:

    Well unless things have changed since I was in ATC, Lycra L. is way off base. You didn’t need math and physics (what the heck would you use them for?) Any college degree would suffice I would think.
    They are very short of ATC people right now and it’s going to get worse.
    Contact your local Airport tower and ask them what’s the best way to go. I was in ATC in the 50’s so I’m a little out of date. The Air Force is one way to go.

  2. Teerawood says:

    Army, Navy, Air force Or get a 4 year degree. Anything will do. Then apply to thier training center in oklahoma. You don’t need to be good at math or physics. You just been to be able to think Three dimesional very well and be able to handle alot of stress.

  3. Boilerinbound says:

    Well, they used to take people right of the street and put them through sveral tests. Basic tests. If you did well enough they would send you of to training. There is also what the called the CTI program. Its a a program the FAA approved for certain colleges. They have several differnt courses that deal with how ATC is structured and how you would work in 3 different positions. I went through the CTI program but my primary was being a pilot. IN my CTI classes were learned how to seperate traffic at a tower facility, approach control and departure, and an ARTCC. Find the FAA website. See if you cant find any information on there.

  4. ron971 says:

    This URL should answer your question:

    Good ATC’s are worth their weight in gold.

  5. Steven H says:

    What you need to do its go to some of the accredited ATC school there are a few of them you can find that information on line. I think it is a two year course but I am not sure. You dont need to know any physics but you do need to be decent at math, especially quick metal math like adding, dividing large numbers. You also need to be in decent physical shape and excellent metal shape. There are also alot of back round checks etc..
    ATC is a decent job, in the next few years the FAA will need thousands of new controllers. There starting pay is not very good but as time goes by and if you upgrade to large airports or Tracons like New York LGA,JFK, Boston, LAX, Miami, Chicago you can be making more than $ 100,000.

  6. Nash S says:

    To become an air traffic controller, a person must enroll in an FAA-approved education program and pass a pre-employment test that measures his or her ability to learn the controller’s duties. Exceptions are air traffic controllers with prior experience and military veterans. The pre-employment test is currently offered only to students in the FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Program or the Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Air Traffic Control Training Program. The test is administered by computer and takes about 8 hours to complete. To take the test, an applicant must apply under an open advertisement for air traffic control positions and be chosen to take the examination. When there are many more applicants than available positions, applicants are selected to take the test through random selection. In addition to the pre-employment test, applicants must have 3 years of full-time work experience, have completed a full 4 years of college, or a combination of both. In combining education and experience, 1 year of undergraduate study—30 semester or 45 quarter hours—is equivalent to 9 months of work experience. Certain kinds of aviation experience also may be substituted for these requirements.

    Upon successful completion of an FAA-approved program, individuals who receive school recommendation, meet the basic qualification requirements (including being less than 31 years of age) in accordance with Federal law, and achieve a qualifying score on the FAA-authorized pre-employment test become eligible for employment as an air traffic controller. Candidates also must pass a medical exam, undergo drug screening, and obtain a security clearance before they can be hired.

    Upon selection, employees attend the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK, for 12 weeks of training, during which they learn the fundamentals of the airway system, FAA regulations, controller equipment, and aircraft performance characteristics, as well as more specialized tasks.

    Generally, it takes new controllers with only initial controller training between 2 and 4 years, depending on the facility and the availability of facility staff or contractors to provide on-the-job training, to complete all the certification requirements to become certified professional controllers. Individuals who have had prior controller experience normally take less time to become fully certified. Controllers who fail to complete either the academy or the on-the-job portion of the training usually are dismissed. Controllers must pass a physical examination each year and a job performance examination twice each year. Failure to become certified in any position at a facility within a specified time also may result in dismissal. Controllers also are subject to drug screening as a condition of continuing employment.

    At airports, new controllers begin by supplying pilots with basic flight data and airport information. They then advance to the position of ground controller, then local controller, departure controller, and, finally, arrival controller. At an air route traffic control center, new controllers first deliver printed flight plans to teams, gradually advancing to radar associate controller and then radar controller.

  7. Dangermanmi6 says:

    You don’t say where your are IF you are in Canada check out NAV CANADA is the provider of air traffic services for Canada. They have their own school located in Cornwall Ontario there is a cost for this I think the tuition is somewhere around 6Kilo dollars that is for your basic training and check out. Then there is work experience where they weed out most of the trainees for various reasons, some of them even work realated!!!!

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