Air Traffic Controllers


Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.
Also called: Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS), Air Traffic Controller (ATC), Air Traffic Controller (Enroute Option), Certified Professional Controller (CPC)

Knowledge:

    Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
    Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilites:

    Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
    Visual Understanding
  • quickly know what you are looking at
  • see hidden patterns
    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Persistence
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology:

    Flight control software
  • Direct-to-tool software
  • En route descent advisor EDA
    Expert system software
  • Advanced technologies and oceanic procedures ATOP
  • Automated radar terminal systems ARTS
    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
    certificate after high school
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