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How To Become An Air Traffic Controller?  
User currently offlineStl1326 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 496 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6960 times:

I was interested in knowing how you can become an air traffic controller. I was thinking about maybe doing this or becoming a pilot. I was interested in knowing what schools or what you need to go to to train to become one. Any comments would be much appreciated.

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User currently offlineDeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 663 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6956 times:

Greetings STL1326,
I went to Embry Riddle's Summer Program and I asked this very question to the Tower Mananger at DAB who gave a presentation to the whole Summer Group. He said that if you were to get a four year degree from any college you should then apply to the FAA ,and if you are accepted they will train you. He said however it would help more if you got a degree from ER or a similar university in Air Traffic Management where you have already been trained. Then the FAA will be more inclined to hire that canidate as they only have to check that person's skills rather than training them and then having to give them a stamp of approval. Then you will start work at an ATC tower TRACON,or ARTCC. You have until you are 25 or Three years, which ever comes first to quit. Then you can be a controller until you are 55-65. I hope that this helps.

Sincerely from BDL,
DeltaGuy767



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User currently offlineStl1326 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6937 times:

Thanks DeltaGuy767, that helped a lot. I will have to look into Embry Riddle. What do you think of it?

User currently offlinePSAjet17 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6788 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy767 (Reply 1):
You have until you are 25

I thought the maximum entry age for a "new" candidate was 31.


User currently offlineDeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 663 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 6766 times:

[quote=PSAjet17,reply=3]I thought the maximum entry age for a "new" candidate was 31.[/quote
PSAjet17,
I don't know beyond a reasonable doubt that it was 25, that was what the ATC guy from DAB told us but, that would sound a little impractical.

From BDL,
DeltaGuy767

PS STL1326 welcome to my RR list. Smile



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User currently offlineZamaria From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 6753 times:

if you're from the US, which I believe you are, here's good information from the FAA:

http://www.faa.gov/careers/employment/atc.htm

Good luck

-Z


User currently offlineStl1326 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy767 (Reply 4):
PS STL1326 welcome to my RR list.

Thanks, welcome to mine as well. Thanks a lot for helping me out.


User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6678 times:

Dont forget the University of North Dakota's ATC program (www.aero.und.edu). This summer we just got a new radar simulation installed this summer. This complements the two tower simulators that we have.

pilottim747



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User currently offlineLawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 970 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

Quoting Pilottim747 (Reply 7):
Dont forget the University of North Dakota's ATC program (www.aero.und.edu). This summer we just got a new radar simulation installed this summer. This complements the two tower simulators that we have.

Also Penn State and Middle Tenn State have very good ATC programs. Google ATC University programs.


User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1243 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week ago) and read 6566 times:

PSAjet17 is correct. You have until 31 years of age to finish your CTI and pass OKC. CTI is the best way to become a controller, some people take the Military VRA route also. But most go through CTI. There are 13 CTI schools in the US. You can check www.atccti.com for info. A this time, the FAA is only hiring controllers for the ARTCC's. And the main ones to be staffed in FY 06' is ZTL, ZJX, ZME, and ZMA. If you want to go the Terminal route and work in a Tower or Tracon, you'll have to wait a few years. When the FAA starts placing people at Terminal facilites, and get the ARTCC's staffed.

User currently offlineStl1326 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week ago) and read 6543 times:

Thanks everybody for submitting information. It helped me a lot. Now I know what schools are good choices for this field. Welcome to my RR list.

User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week ago) and read 6544 times:

Quoting PHLapproach (Reply 9):
PSAjet17 is correct. You have until 31 years of age to finish your CTI and pass OKC. CTI is the best way to become a controller, some people take the Military VRA route also. But most go through CTI. There are 13 CTI schools in the US. You can check www.atccti.com for info. A this time, the FAA is only hiring controllers for the ARTCC's. And the main ones to be staffed in FY 06' is ZTL, ZJX, ZME, and ZMA. If you want to go the Terminal route and work in a Tower or Tracon, you'll have to wait a few years. When the FAA starts placing people at Terminal facilites, and get the ARTCC's staffed.

31 is incorrect. You have until the age of 30 to pet put "in process" with the FAA. In other words, it depends upon which region of the country you selected as your preference. If you selected SE USA, then they will not fill you in a SW open slot. Nonetheless though, you can sit in process past the age of 30 and still be okay. You will not have had to attend school in OKC first.


User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1243 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6438 times:

Quoting Flyibaby (Reply 11):
Quoting PHLapproach (Reply 9):
PSAjet17 is correct. You have until 31 years of age to finish your CTI and pass OKC. CTI is the best way to become a controller, some people take the Military VRA route also. But most go through CTI. There are 13 CTI schools in the US. You can check www.atccti.com for info. A this time, the FAA is only hiring controllers for the ARTCC's. And the main ones to be staffed in FY 06' is ZTL, ZJX, ZME, and ZMA. If you want to go the Terminal route and work in a Tower or Tracon, you'll have to wait a few years. When the FAA starts placing people at Terminal facilites, and get the ARTCC's staffed.

31 is incorrect. You have until the age of 30 to pet put "in process" with the FAA. In other words, it depends upon which region of the country you selected as your preference. If you selected SE USA, then they will not fill you in a SW open slot. Nonetheless though, you can sit in process past the age of 30 and still be okay. You will not have had to attend school in OKC first.

31 actually is correct, You need the mandatory 25 years of government service. Since the mandatory retirement age for an ATCS is 54. I just talked to a few friends who are controllers, they said you have to be in process by the age of 31.


User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6361 times:

NPR had an interesting story a few months ago about how the FAA is scrambling to hire about 12,000 new ATCers in lieu of the many that were hired as replacements to the ones Reagan fired when they went on strike in '81. IIRC, it does offer a bit of insight how it is to be in training at OKC.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4239379


User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6338 times:

If the FAA is planning on hiring so many new controllers, why do they only want ex-military controllers or those with prior experience?

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