Air Traffic Controller Job Description

An air traffic controller (ATC) is a person who directs aircraft and air traffic.

ATCs maintain continuous surveillance of aircraft in flight and in airports.

When an aircraft commits an error or displays a hazardous or dangerous condition, an ATC may issue a maneuvering instruction to an air traffic controller.

ATCs direct aircraft movements into, out of, and within airports, and direct other air traffic around obstacles.

ATCs maintain the airspace over airports.

ATCs are employed by airport operators and regulatory agencies, including the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Updated on:     
October 7, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for an Air Traffic Controller to join our team. The ideal candidate will have experience in a similar role, and be able to hit the ground running. If you're interested in this role, please get in touch.

Air Traffic Controller Duties:

  • Provide pilot and aircraft operator clearance and navigation information via multiple modes of communication
  • Attend to aircraft landing and takeoff requests
  • Coordinate aircraft movements around and between runways and taxiways
  • Obtain pilot data, crosscheck information, and relay information
  • Perform weather checks and report weather conditions to pilots
  • Monitor weather radar and disseminate information
  • Conduct preflight briefings
  • Monitor ADS-B traffic
  • Report maintenance problems to maintenance crews
  • Oversee proper sequencing of aircraft on runways
  • Perform unscheduled duty
  • Continue professional development

Air Traffic Controller Responsibilities:

  • Operate and maintain relevant computerized air traffic management systems, such as TRACON, satellite communications, and radar systems
  • Control and monitor the aircraft to ensure that safe flights from departure to arrival, and that aircraft depart and land on time
  • Coordinate flights, clearance, and clearances, using radio, telephone, or telecommunications systems
  • Correct any errors or omissions made by air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants, and escalate problems as necessary
  • Read flight plans, route maps, and navigation charts
  • Perform surveillance checks
  • Report incidents, accidents, and malfunctions
  • Attend meetings and training sessions

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in transportation, business administration, engineering, or related field
  • 2+ years experience in airport operations such as air traffic control or flight operations
  • Proficient in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

At [Company Name], we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace and encourage applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to building a team that is reflective of our community and encourage applications from people of all races, religions, nationalities, genders, , and expressions. We also encourage applications from veterans and individuals with disabilities.