Maestrojjp From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 25 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1666 times:
The FAA recently had what I understand to be a period of open applications for Air Traffic Controllers at an entry level. I'm very interested and completed an application on the website.
Did anyone else on the forum do the same? If so, does anyone have any updates on the status of their hiring, or any recommendations on who/where to follow-up?
I've read other threads after a search but I'm looking for a current status update or advice. Other threads seemed to imply that the hiring process went quickly, within about two months (surprising for the government!). I sent in my information about seven weeks ago.
Dinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
It will be a long process. There are a few exceptions that I've heard of that were in the system and hired in a few short months. But like I said they are an exception. Most people take over 12 months to actually start employment.
I've also got a friend who applied off the street during the last open hiring. He has heard back from them that they would like him to take the atsap test. That was several weeks ago. He has heard nothing more since then.
Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
Phelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1535 times:
I applied OTS about 3 months ago, and like others have said, its a very long process. I had already taken the AT-SAT almost a year ago but I know I won't hear back for at least a few more months. The process is a long one. Even if you pass the AT-SAT there will be months of waiting and testing after you get your score. But apply, you never know.
FX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1517 times:
Yeah it does take quite a long time. I was going to a CTI school but decided to apply off the street in May of 2008. In Jan 2009 I was given a facility and the ability to go to the PEPC in LA in April of 2009. During that time we were told that if you were going to Alaska, Hawaii or Louisiana you could probably head to OKC before OCT 1st (the beginning of the fiscal year). So for the rest of us we figured it would be October at the earliest. I decided to take a tour of the the facility that I would go to E10 (High Desert TRACON) and was told by the manager that they had met there quota at E10 for the fiscal year and would not be calling me until Oct 1st at the earliest. Well less than two weeks later I was called and told to come to OKC within a week to begin basics on August 3rd. We are now in our last couple of weeks of RTF (Radar Training).
In short if you would like to become a controller and know which facility or facilities that you would like to work at I'd suggest trying to set up a tour so you could meet someone there. That seems to be the main theme of all of us here in my class.