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Air Traffic Controller Option

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Air Traffic Controller Option is designed for those seeking a career as an air traffic controller. Our recently awarded Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) AT-CTI designation prepares students for air traffic controller careers.

How to become an air traffic controller

  • Successfully complete an air traffic controller degree program
  • Pass the Air Traffic Controller aptitude test
  • Apply to the FAA
  • When accepted, attend the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK
  • Pass the required courses at the Academy
  • Report to your assigned ATC facility, where your training continues in an operational environment. Training is conducted in stages and consists of a combination of classroom, simulation, and on-the-job training that leads to becoming a fully certified air traffic controller


Life style and qualifications

An air traffic controller must consider the lifestyle and FAA qualifications when choosing a career path.

  • ATC is a 24/7 operation
  • Generally, shifts are rotational
  • Usually controllers will remain at their facility for their entire career; a limited number of controllers are permitted to change facilities per year
  • Controllers are closely monitored and all transmissions are taped
  • Applicants must be United State citizens
  • Applicants must be no more than 30 years of age at the time of hiring by the FAA
  • Extensive background checks are conducted prior to an employment offer
  • Must be able to read, speak, and understand the English language (meet International Civil Aviation Organization level 4 standards)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a second class medical certificate (must meet or exceed standards for vision, hearing, cardiovascular, neurological, psychiatric, and psychological exams. Diabetes and substance abuse/dependency will be reviewed and extensively investigated)
  • Current FAA regulations require controllers to retire from controlling aircraft at age 56

 

Salary range* (per month)

Starting pay for ATC recruits* (at FAA academy) Salary

AT-CTI graduates

$1,420

Veterans Appointments

$2,760

Retired military controllers

$2,760
At facility  

Based on class of facility and seniority

$4,750 - 11,580

Supervisor
 

Longmont Center

$12,300 - 14,350

*Note: Plus per diem while at the FAA academy

 

Course of Study

1st Semester

Course Credits
AVT 101 Private Pilot Ground School 4
AVT 103 Introduction to Air Traffic Control 3
AVT 105 Aviation Meteorology 4
ENG 121 English Composition 3
Total Credits 14

2nd Semester

Course Credits
AVT 111 Instrument Pilot Ground School 4
AVT 113 Instrument Flight Trainer 4
AVT 115 ATC Phraseology 1
AVT 218 ATC Procedures 4
PHY 105 Conceptual Physics 4
Total Credits 17

3rd Semester

Course Credits
AVT 242 ATC Phraseology II 1
AVT 245 Non-Radar Simulation 9
AVT 247 ATC Special Procedures 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 3
Total Credits 17

4th Semester

Course Credits
AVT 246 Radar Simulation 9
Arts & Humanities Course 3
MAT 121 College Algebra 4
Total Credits 16

Total credits for 4 semesters

64

Estimated Costs

  In District Out-of-District WUE Out-of-State

College tuition and fees:

$ 5,453

$ 8,147

$11,773

$29,015

Lab Fees:

4,220

4,200

4,200

4,200

Approximate total costs for program:

$ 9,673

$ 12,367

$ 15,993

$ 33,235

*Costs subject to change at any time.
*Flight costs based on FAA minimum flight hours.  Individual students may require additional flight hours.
*Costs may vary with choice of electives.
*Estimated costs based as of Fall 2014