FAA: ‘No Experience Necessary’ for Air-Traffic Control

No experience? No problem. You, too, can be an air-traffic controller, guiding hundreds or thousands of flights from airport to airport across the country.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the position offers an “exciting, challenging and rewarding aviation career.”

The qualifications include being a U.S. citizen; starting training no later than age 31; passing medical, security and pre-employment tests; and earning either a bachelor’s degree or three years of progressive work experience.

And be able to speak English “clearly enough to be understood over communications equipment.”

But not necessarily any experience.

Forbes’ aviation transportation contributor John Goglia has reported that the FAA is set to hire some 10,000 controllers over the next decade, with a front-loaded 6,000 needed in just five years.

Tanita Gaither at Cleveland’s WOIO-TV said job postings used to ask for applicants with military or prior aviation experience.

Goglia said under the FAA hiring plan, the Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan 2013-2022, the jobs are open in locations ranging from the national Command Center to airport towers that do not even have radar.

“Of particular important to interested applicants, the FAA is opening its hiring to the general public,” he reported. “This is not always the case as sometimes the FAA recruits exclusively from the military or students who have completed an FAA-approved air traffic course of study at the collegiate level.

“This year the FAA will be opening a general recruiting announcement seeking applicants from the general public who have no air-traffic control experience,” he said.

Full article: FAA: ‘No Experience Necessary’ for Air-Traffic Control (WMD)

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