FAA Goes On Hiring Push For More Air Traffic Controllers

On Friday, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was looking to hire experienced Air Traffic Controllers. To apply for the job, you must be an American citizen younger than 35-years-old and have maintained at least 52-weeks of consecutive Air Traffic Control experience.

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The FAA plans to hire 4,300 controllers over the next five years photo: Getty Images

The experience must include full-time work involving the separation of aircraft. Candidates also need to provide an ATC certification within five years from one of the following facilities:

  • A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facility
  • A civilian or military air traffic control facility of the Department of Defense, including National Guard facilities
  • A tower operating under contract with the FAA under section 47124

The FAA has facilities in every US state and territory

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has facilities in every state and territory, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. Qualifying candidates must be prepared to relocate and work in any of the FAA facilities. An Air Traffic Controllers duties the following:

  • The control of air traffic at airports
  • Giving pilots taxiing and takeoff instructions
  • Air traffic clearances based on their own observations and information from the National Weather Service
  • Giving pilots advice regarding flight conditions while en route between airports
  • The receiving of aircraft coming into controlled air space
  • Giving pilots advice on the separation between aircraft
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The FAA has many facilities. Photo: Getty Images

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Pay is based on the ATCS Collective Bargaining Agreement

While the FAA says it will do its best to place candidates in the location of their choice, ultimately, where a candidate ends up will be decided by the needs of the FAA. Successful candidates will receive a salary and benefits package agreed to under the ATCS Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current jobs the FAA is looking to fill are:

  • AT-2152 AG – this is the position level for selectees who are NOT former FAA 2152 Certified Professional Controllers (CPC); salary $42,005, plus applicable locality pay based on facility assignment
  • AT-2152 – xD/xF/xG – these are position levels for former FAA developmental controllers rehired within one year of separation; salary $50,429 to $117,471 plus applicable locality pay based on facility assignment
  • AT-2152 – DH/EH/FH/GH/HH/IH/JH/KH/LH – these are position levels for former FAA CPCs; salary $54,623 to $158,586 plus applicable locality pay based on facility assignment
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The average salary for an FAA Air Traffic Controller is $138,556. Photo: Getty Images

All successful candidates will receive on-the-job training and pay increases, as appropriate, upon successfully completing the progressive phases of controller training at your assigned facility. A part of the training will require taking specific courses at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Conditions of Employment include the following Requirements:

  • Not older than 35 years of age
  • Be a United States citizen
  • The taking of a designated or random drug test
  • Being fully vaccinated for COVID-19
  • The passing of a pre-employment physical
  • Pass a security investigation
  • Pass the FAA air traffic pre-employment test
  • Speak English clearly enough to be understood over communications equipment

Once hired, Air Traffic Controllers receive a salary increase as they complete each training phase. In 2021 the median average wage for an Air Traffic Controller in the United States was $138,556.

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