Skip to comments.FAA seeks new air traffic controllers—no experience needed
Posted on 02/19/2014 1:38:23 AM PST by Olog-hai
If youre looking for a new career in the exciting field of aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration is now taking applications to for new air traffic controllers.
The requirements for the position do not include, however, previous air traffic controller or aviation experience. The job previously sought those with military or prior aviation experience. [ ]
The current job listing requires only United States citizenship, security clearance, a physical, fluency in English, three years of responsible work experience or a bachelors degree. The applicants must able to attend the FAA training academy prior to their 31st birthday and willing to locate to an air traffic facility based on the FAAs highest needs at the time.
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"..you only have to have the ability to blame someone else"
I do think stories like this do place the whole “there are simply no jobs available at all, anywhere narrative” in an at least somewhat different light. But maybe that is just me.
Might as well put me in control of JPL.
What could go wrong?
Training a controller from scratch is much more effective than picking up someone who is no longer a controller due to stress, etc. It’s not exactly a 2 week on the job course. There are waiting lists for ATC training in many cases, and a small percentage of applicants even make the cut to start training.
Cool.. same requirements as an Ambassador.
Maybe they only have to direct airplanes in flight, not takeoffs and landings... s/
You’re exactly right, AAIE.
While it sounds frightening, I do not see it as a problem.
Speaking as a former plane owner and pilot, I do not see aviation experience having so much to do with the job of a controller. It mostly depends on concentration, sharp memory, and attention to detail. I knew several controllers on a social basis before my becoming a pilot. None of them were pilots at the time.
“Maybe they only have to direct airplanes in flight, not takeoffs and landings... s/”
There are three separate positions. Tower, Approach/departure control, and in-route control. The tower is the only position where a controller has has visual contact with the plane.
The rest are in a dark room with nothing but a radar screen.
You missed the sarcasm tag. Think about 9/11.
“Cool.. same requirements as an Ambassador.”
That is the best line I have read in ages.
Before 1981 the ability to consume large amounts of alcohol was a plus. Now with flow control and ground stops not so much.
31 years of age limit. I am 60 with an aviation background, (private pilot), and military background, (USAF 72-76 Top Secret Security Clearance), 44 years of responsible work experience and a associates degree in engineering. I am going to apply then file age discrimination suit when I am turned down.
“You missed the sarcasm tag. Think about 9/11.”
No, I was only pointing out the stages of ATC...as I remember them from my flying days. ATC has no control over suicidal Muzies, and I do not know if ATC has changed much in the last 15 years.
“Before 1981 the ability to consume large amounts of alcohol was a plus.”
Some years before I was a pilot, I knew an ATC controller that worked at Memphis center. He was most always drunk when I saw him. I do not know if he was quite sober when he went to work. This would have been in the 70s to early 80s.
Knowing that man you still became a pilot?
Shame on you! You should know that there is this element on FR who know better than FAA management as to how to recruit for their employees.
File this under the “What could not go wrong” department. This makes as much sense as electing a pres - - ent with no experience other than being a community organizer from Chicago.
It’s a non-story. ATC’s have always been hired without training.
ATC’s have always had an age cap because the job is considered so stressful.
This has been known for quite a while, the push for controllers started a few years ago, the same goes for pilots. There are big time shortages of both on the Horizon, very few students learning to fly at my airport, And with rentals at $140 per hour Plus another $30 for the Instructor, it is rather expensive now. About 10K for your private when all is said and done. When I got my License it was still affordable by most. I spent 2K. And the Military is offering Huge signing bonuses for Pilots to STAY, most are leaving anyway.
“Extremist Muslims get first preference.”
“Its a non-story. ATCs have always been hired without training.”
I disagree. A significant number of controllers are ex-military air traffic controllers.
I know. I got an ATC job when Reagan fired the strikers. But I turned it down for a promotion and large raise not to leave the company I worked for. I did the right thing and have never regretted it. I took a golden parachute years later rather than relocate. I’ve done even better since then. As for stress. Most ATC jobs away from the huge airports are more boring than stressful.
I didn't see "openly gay" in the requirements.
I actually looking into becoming an air traffic controller when I was in college about 14 or 15 years ago. I don’t recall military or aviation experience being requirements then and I don’t think they ever have been. I think that they’ve been ‘nice to haves’ and counted towards your application but they have never been required to even apply for the job.
The applicants must able to attend the FAA training academy prior to their 31st birthday