Air Traffic Controller in United States

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Airline / Aviation
Minimum Qualification
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Air Traffic Controller Job Description

*They coordinate the movement of air traffic.

*They direct planes and regulate airport traffic.

*They oversee an entire operation.

*They respond to problems by creating a management plan to keep traffic levels manageable for employees who work at en route centers.

Duties and Responsibilities

They may serve in many roles under different titles. They are as follows:

*Terminal Controllers

*Terminal Radar Controllers

*Tower Flight Data Controller

*Clearance Delivery Controllers

*Ground Controllers

*Local Controllers

*Airport Tower Controllers

*En Route Controllers

*Radar Associate Controllers

*Terminal Radar Arrival Controllers

*Flight Service Specialists

*Terminal Controllers are responsible for all planes that fly over an airport’s airspace. They organize the flow of aircraft. They typically work in the control tower and sometimes in the terminal radar approach control room (TRACON). They sequence arrival aircraft for landing. They issue departure and flight plan clearances. They control the movement of aircraft on the taxiways. They also handle flight data.

*Terminal Radar Controllers monitor the aircraft’s movement on radar to manage aircraft arrivals and departures into the airport. They inform the pilots about issues such as weather constraints and runway conditions.

*Tower Data Flight Controllers receive flight plans and process them by printing out a computer flight strip. The controller works closely with four other controllers: 1) the clearance delivery controller, 2) the ground controller, 3) the local controller, and the 4) departure controller to support the aircraft calling for clearance. The clearance delivery controller issues the clearance; the ground controller manages the movement of the aircraft; the local controller issues the departure clearance; and the departure controller identifies the plane on radar and directs the plane‘s course.

*Airport Tower and En route Controllers work in teams. They are assigned and are responsible for a sector of the traffic control center’s designated airspace. They coordinate air traffic arrivals and departures with two other controllers: 1) the Radar Associate Controllers and 2) the Terminal Radar Arrival Controllers. Radar Associate Controllers organize flight plans by rearranging time conflicts and changing flights paths or altitude. When there is a time conflict between two planes arriving into the airport, they delegate responsibility for the arrival of a plane to the next team. The Terminal Radar Arrival Controllers work closely with the local and ground controllers. They sequence airplane arrivals and issue an approach clearance to the pilot operating the aircraft. They direct the local and ground controllers. The local controller issues a land clearance; and the ground controller directs the plane to the gate.

*Airport Tower and En route Controllers have to make quick decisions. They often control more than two planes at a time. They direct planes that are about to land and organize their landing approach. At the same they also provide information to pilots about the conditions of the airport and observe other planes entering the airport that are in a holding pattern waiting for permission to land.

*Flight Service Specialists work in flight service stations. They provide pre-flight and in-flight weather information. They suggest routes, relay air traffic control clearances, assist pilots with emergency information, and coordinate searches for missing aircraft. They also provide airport advisory services. They are not involved in managing and separating aircraft.

Training and Education Requirements

*Applicants from the general public must have three years of consistent full-time work experience and have completed four years of university.

*They must take training courses in programmes for aviation and air traffic control to qualify them.

*Air Traffic Controllers must have excellent communication skills.

*They must be able to clearly articulate and give the pilot directions.

*They must be intelligent and possess good memory. They must be able to make quick decisions and be able to concentrate in chaotic situations.
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