FAA To Hire More Air Traffic Controllers
PHOTO: The FAA is looking for a few good people to fill its new air traffic controller positions. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
Fresh off of having its funding re-authorized by Congress – and despite numerous calls to privatize the system – the Federal Aviation Administration has announced an open window to accept applications for entry-level air traffic controller positions.
The FAA is looking to add 1,400 more spots across the country to help its current 14,000 controllers monitor the 7,000 takeoffs and landings that happen every hour in the U.S.
The window to apply will be from Monday, Aug. 8, to Monday, Aug. 15. The job vacancy announcement for the position of Air Traffic Control Specialist-Trainee will be available on USAJobs.gov, where you can establish an online account.
The FAA is expecting more than 25,000 applications for the 1,400 positions.
“We provide the safest, most efficient airspace system in the world and we need exceptional people to support our mission,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.
The FAA called the recruitment process “preparation for the future workforce.” Ironically, the agency has been under fire, including from some airlines and its umbrella lobby group, Airlines For America, to have oversight of the air traffic control program shifted to a private company. The House rejected such a bill earlier this year and did not include it in the most recent reauthorization last month.
Here is an FAA-produced recruitment video for air traffic controllers:
Qualifications stipulate that candidates must:
• Be a United States citizen
• Be under the age of 31 on Aug. 15, 2016
• Pass a medical examination
• Pass a security investigation
• Pass the FAA air traffic pre-employment tests
• Speak English clearly enough to be understood over communications equipment
• Have three years of progressively responsible work experience, or a Bachelor's degree, or a combination of post-secondary education and work experience that totals three years
• Be willing to relocate to an FAA facility based on agency staffing needs
New air traffic controllers will spend their first several months of employment in an intensive training program at the FAA Academy located in Oklahoma City, Okla.
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