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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Air Traffic Controller Air traffic control (ATC) is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace, and can provide advisory services to aircraft in non-controlled airspace. The primary purpose of ATC worldwide is to prevent collisions, organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and provide information and other support for pilots.[1] In some countries, ATC plays a security or defensive role, or is operated by the military.To prevent collisions, ATC enforces traffic separation rules, which ensure each aircraft maintains a minimum amount of empty space around it at all times. Many aircraft also have collision avoidance systems, which provide additional safety by warning pilots when other aircraft get too close.In many countries, ATC provides services to all private, military, and commercial aircraft operating within its airspace. Depending on the type of flight and the class of airspace, ATC may issue instructions that pilots are required to obey, oradvisories (known as flight information in some countries) that pilots may, at their discretion, disregard. Generally the pilot in command is the final authority for the safe operation of the aircraft and may, in an emergency, deviate from ATC instructions to the extent required to maintain safe operation of their aircraft. Job Description Essential Skills 1. Basic requirements- Those who do not have previous air traffic control experience must be 30 years of age or younger. They must also get a qualifying score on the FAA-authorized pre-employment test and meet other fundamental qualification requirements that are in accordance with Federal law before becoming controllers. 2. Concentration- During extremely hectic times, a controller must work both quickly and proficiently. They need complete concentration to keep track of several planes at once and to ensure that all pilots get the right instructions.3. Stress management skills- This is considered to be one of the most stressful jobs out there. The emotional stress of being accountable for the protection of several aircrafts and their onboard passengers and staff can be overwhelming. Its important to have good stress management skills and to be able to deal with stress in a manner that is healthy. 4. Communication skills- Air traffic controllers must be able to articulate their directions swiftly and concisely to pilots and other support staff in order to ensure the safety of everybody involved. 5. Memorization skills- Good memorization skills are imperative since air traffic controllers continuously obtain information that they must instantly understand and remember. 6. Decision making skills- A controller is responsible for making decisions quickly, sometimes without all of the necessary information that they need. Having good decision making skills and being able to think on your feet is important. 7. Good physical health- The rooms in which they work in are not always well-lighted and therefore good vision is essential in this job. It also takes a large amount of stamina and endurance. 8. Problem-solving skills- Aside from being decisive, air traffic controllers must also possess good problem-solving skills. They must be able to come up with solutions that are effective and occasionally creative. 9. Patience- Due to the stress that is involved in this job, its important for the controller to have a large amount of patience. 10. Team work- Its vital that a controller is able to work as part of a team. They must be able to work well with other controllers as well as pilots, flight attendants, and other members of the airline staff. Education Required The FAA sets guidelines for schools to offer specific programs called the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative, or the AT-CTI program. AT-CTI schools offer 2- or 4-year degrees that are designed to prepare students for a career in air traffic control. The curriculum is not standardized, but courses focus on subjects that are fundamental to aviation. Topics include aviation weather, airspace, clearances, reading maps, federal regulations, and other related topics.Candidates who have a recommendation letter from their AT-CTI school are eligible to take the AT-SAT. Students typically take the exam before graduation but must have met their school's specific requirements to get their recommendation. Once they pass the exam they are able to apply for air traffic controller vacancies through special vacancy announcements specifically for AT-CTI graduates. Applicants who pass the test and accept a job offer are then eligible to enroll in an intensive training course at the FAA Academy.Air traffic controllers may also apply for positions through vacancy announcements made to the general public, when available. These vacancy announcements allow the public, with no special experience or education, to apply to become air traffic controllers. These applicants generally must have completed a 4-year degree, have equivalent progressive work experience, or have some combination of the two. Applicants from the general public should try to educate themselves along the lines of the AT-CTI and AT-SAT standards, to improve their chances of passing the exam.Although general public vacancy announcements have contributed substantially to the numbers of new hires in the past, this path is expected to decline rapidly as a source of new candidates, according to the FAA. Universities Offer Training For This Job Arizona State University-Tempe IN TEMPE, AZAverett University IN DANVILLE, VACommunity College of Beaver County IN MONACA, PAEastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus IN ROSWELL, NMEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach IN DAYTONA BEACH, FLGreen River Community College IN AUBURN, WAHampton University IN HAMPTON, VAHesston College IN HESSTON, KSHinds Community College IN RAYMOND, MSLeTourneau University IN LONGVIEW, TXLewis University IN ROMEOVILLE, ILMiddle Georgia College IN COCHRAN, GAMinneapolis Community and Technical College IN MINNEAPOLIS, MNMountain View College IN DALLAS, TXMt San Antonio College IN WALNUT, CAPalo Alto College IN SAN ANTONIO, TXSacramento City College IN SACRAMENTO, CATexas State Technical College-Waco IN WACO, TXTulsa Community College IN TULSA, OKUniversity of Alaska Anchorage IN ANCHORAGE, AKUniversity of North Dakota IN GRAND FORKS, ND Salary A member of the general public with no training or a college graduate of an air traffic control course enters the FAA's academyat a base pay of $17,803. Once the recruit finishes training, the pay automatically gets bumped up to $37,070. Controllers with military or current Federal experience start at the $37,070 wage. Air traffic controller wages also continue to increase as the controller's experience grows. It can take two to four years to complete the on-the-job training process. The government adjusts the salary you receive based on where you end up working. As such, you may actually make more than $37,070 as an entry level air traffic controller. If you end up in the Boston area, you'll get an extra 24.8 percent in locality pay. Serving in Columbus, OH gives you an extra 17.16 percent, while getting sent to the San Francisco Bay Area increases your pay by 35.15 percent. In other words, depending on whether you're in Columbus or San Francisco, your $37,070 position could actually pay you $43,431 or $50,100. Company Offers This Position Airport around the world
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