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User currently offlineChicago757 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 382 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4947 times:

How does one go about becoming an Air Traffic Controller? I live in Chicago and was wondering if there are any traning facilities nearby? What are the credentials? Or do you have to go to the Training Center in Oklahoma? Please help. Thank you very much

Kevin


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User currently offlineKrsw757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4896 times:

Try the faa website. Last I heard they had a cti application going on now. its going to be a couple of months before they open another off the street process. If you dont have any prior experience, the only option besides getting hired off the street no experience is if you go through a cti school, which there are several around the country. Everyone regardless of experience must train at oklahoma city. I was there for a little over 3 months. If you are cti its a little less. So far I love it!!! Def. a great career to get into. I wish you the best of luck!!!

User currently offlineSwivelHeadLAX From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4784 times:

Check out the website:

www.stuckmic.com

There's a message board on there with walkthroughs of the whole process and a whole host of people willing to help and share their experiences.

Enjoy!


User currently offlineP3Orion From United States of America, joined May 2006, 544 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

Lewis University offers a CTI program. Also, the Navy and Air Force have excellent ATC opportunities. Be advised, you must be hired prior to your 31st birthday.


"Did he say strap in or strap on?"
User currently offlineUSAFDO From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4690 times:

I would suggest the militlary.

The Air Force in particular.

Some of the services might be offering a big sign on bonus.

Put 4 or 6 years in then you would probably be able to get a DOD ATC job after that.

Good luck!


User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4543 times:



Quoting USAFDO (Reply 4):
The Air Force in particular.

Why the Air Force over the Navy? I have seen some pretty busy Naval Air Stations that would test anyone.



I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to planes!
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4535 times:

I just took the AT-SAT test applying through the FAA's website. I ended up flunking it, probably part of the 1% that flunk it, dammit  banghead 

That was for off the street applicants. 90% of applicants, myself included, are pilots. There were 9000 test invitations in my group, but less than 40% of that actually show up. This is a good route to go though the application process is looooong and you probably won't get a tet invitation until after 3 months.


User currently offlinePlanetalkerman From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4442 times:

A list of all the CTI schools and reviews available are here:

http://www.stuckmic.com/cti-schools/

Right now the FAA is also accepting off the street hires (OTS), those are people with no experience in ATC. All you need is either a four year degree or three years of progressively responsilbe work experience. The next open announcement is rumored to be in January, but it is getting more competitive as this will be the 9th public announcement in the last two years.

If you are dead set on becoming an air traffic controller, I would enroll in one of the two year program CTI schools.


User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2324 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

I went to CCBC http://www.ccbc.edu for my 2 yr degree. Been with the FAA now for 3 1/2 years.

Another route is the Military. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and USCG all have controllers. This will put you on the "VRA" list to get hired with the FAA when you get out of the military.

ATCT



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User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2255 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4229 times:



Quoting B727LVR (Reply 5):
Why the Air Force over the Navy?

Ever see an Air Force base at sea for 6 months?



I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
User currently offlineSLUAviator From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4214 times:

My buddy just got his conditional offer letter to Chicago Center. He just applied to the FAA on their website. No CTI or military or anything. The listing is there, you just need to find it.


What do I know? I just fly 'em.......
User currently offlineP3Orion From United States of America, joined May 2006, 544 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4195 times:



Quoting SPREE34 (Reply 9):
Ever see an Air Force base at sea for 6 months?

Anyone can land on a runway that's 13,000 feet long by 300' wide.  Big grin



"Did he say strap in or strap on?"
User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4170 times:



Quoting SPREE34 (Reply 9):
Ever see an Air Force base at sea for 6 months?

Makes no sense but ok. The Navy Controllers from what I hear ar on 3 month rotations while at sea, due to the stresses. Maybe a former AC can confirm that. I would bet that the Navy controllers control more aircraft in a 6 month period at sea than they do at home.



I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to planes!
User currently offlineP3Orion From United States of America, joined May 2006, 544 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4163 times:



Quoting B727LVR (Reply 12):
he Navy Controllers from what I hear ar on 3 month rotations while at sea, due to the stresses.

That's not true. The CATTC team is deployed for the entire cruise. They are part of the ship's company.



"Did he say strap in or strap on?"
User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2255 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4140 times:



Quoting P3Orion (Reply 11):
Anyone can land on a runway that's 13,000 feet long by 300' wide.

Yep. Then where do they go for Female company?  Smile



I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4082 times:



Quoting P3Orion (Reply 13):
That's not true. The CATTC team is deployed for the entire cruise. They are part of the ship's company.

Interesting. Thanks! A friend of mine was dating an AC and at the time, 8 years ago, she said he only did 3 month rotations. Maybe there was somethign else going on...

Quoting SPREE34 (Reply 14):
Yep. Then where do they go for Female company?

Oh there are plenty of females on a ship with a crew of 6000 or so.  Wink

Quoting SLUAviator (Reply 10):
My buddy just got his conditional offer letter to Chicago Center. He just applied to the FAA on their website. No CTI or military or anything. The listing is there, you just need to find it.

Congrats to your friend. I hope he ejnoys his training. So all he did was apply online and then was given an offer? Is there a shortage of ATC's?



I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to planes!
User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

Quoting B727LVR (Reply 15):
Is there a shortage of ATC's?

Depends on who you ask in most cases.   

But at quite a few facilities, yes!

[Edited 2009-11-13 05:50:45]


Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4061 times:

http://www.jetcareers.com/becoming-an-air-traffic-controller.html

http://forums.jetcareers.com/air-traffic-control/



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