If you are fascinated with airplanes and interested in a starting salary that can run close to $100,000, you might consider becoming an air traffic controller (ATC).
Thousands of aircraft are operating around the globe every hour. Aircrafts operations both on the ground and in the air are directed by the ATC Service staff. The primary responsibility of an air traffic controller is to coordinate the movement of aircrafts to ensure that air traffic moves in an orderly fashion. They communicate with pilots and help them direct their planes safely. Their role is most important during take-offs and landing procedures.
In order to qualify to become an ATC Staff, you need to have four years of college or three years of experience working full-time. If you have no experience in air traffic control, you’ll also need to complete a computerized eight-hour pre-employment exam.
The ATC Job is a stressful one, they have control of all airplanes that fly in and out of airport airspace, they need to make fast and accurate decisions very quickly, and there is no margin for errors. Excellent eyesight is required as visual observation training is extremely important.
There are two types of assignments for air traffic controllers who complete the right Aviation Courses. They include what’s known as terminal or en route options. With the terminal option, controllers are assigned to control towers and radar approach facilities. With en route options, they work at air route traffic control centers in major metropolitan areas of the Midwest.
Once hired, you’ll be attending a ten week training session, where you’ll have an opportunity to work on a simulator device which enables you to get a feel for what it’s really like to direct air traffic. After you completion of the training, you’ll have to work and train for several more years before you will be considered fully qualified. While the training process can be quite challenging, those who complete it say it’s well worth the effort.
They use several high-precision and up-to-date equipments. Among which most principal component is the air traffic control radar system. In the future, air traffic controllers are expected to work with satellite-based navigation. This technology is expected to provide more precise aircraft positions. As a result, routes are expected to become more direct, the amount of traffic that the airspace can handle is expected to increase and delays are expected to be reduced.