Air Traffic Controller (AC) NAVY Navy Air Traffic Controllers (AC) Career Path After Recruit Training perform duties similar to civilian air Enlistees are taught the fundamentals through formal Navy schooling. Advanced technical and traffic controllers and play a key role operational training is available in this rating during later stages of career development. in the effective use of Naval airpower School Present Approximate Subjects Training throughout the world in operational Location Training Time Methods and training environments. Navy Class "A" ACs are responsible for safely and Technical Pensacola, FL 16 weeks Fundamentals of Air Traffic Group effectively directing aircraft operating School Control, radar, and radio Instruction and communications simulators from airfields or the decks of aircraft carriers. They also control the movement of aircraft and vehicles on Following "A" school, air traffic controllers spend one to two years gaining additional skills through on- airfield taxiways and issue flight the-job training at their first duty station. This consists of additional lab, lecture, and individual training instructions to pilots by radio. leading to certification at an airfield facility. ACs are stationed in traffic control centers on aircraft Standards for entry into the AC carriers or at air traffic control facilities in the United States or overseas. During a 20-year period in the Navy, ACs spend approximately 30 percent of their time assigned to fleet units and 70 percent to shore field are high, but once accepted into stations; many of the shore stations may be located overseas. the field, Navy ACs enjoy a demanding and highly rewarding career. This is a five-year enlistment Qualifications and Interests Opportunities program. Applicants for the AC rating must The opportunities to enter the AC be at least 18 years old and must rating are excellent for qualified What They Do pass a flight physical prior to entering candidates. Currently, about 2,500 "A" school. The ability to speak men and women work in the AC Specific duties include: clearly is essential in this rating. rating. Applicants must have no speech controlling and directing air traffic impediment and be able to clearly speak English. Applicants will be Related Civilian Jobs Related Civilian at airfields and on aircraft carriers Job—O-Net SOC code using radio, radar, and other signaling required to pass a Read-Aloud test as devices; part of their flight physical. Applicants 53-2021.00 Air Traffic Controllers providing aircraft with critical must be U.S. citizens eligible for a information on other air traffic, security clearance and have no navigation systems, and airfield history of drug abuse (no waivers conditions essential to safe permitted). Normal hearing and Since Navy programs and courses are operations; normal color perception are required. revised at times, the information operating and adjusting computer- Vision must be better than 20/200 contained on this rating card is subject to based ground/carrier-controlled and correctable to 20/20. change. navigation and radar approach Applicants should have an interest in aviation and working with or around (Revised 01/08) systems; interpreting data shown on radar aircraft. They should prefer to do screens and plotting aircraft positions; detailed work and work as a team maintaining aeronautical charts member. Applicants should have a and maps. good memory and should be able to perform quick mental math calculations. They should be Credit Recommendations comfortable with computers and with graphical orientations such as on The American Council on maps or charts. Education recommends that semester hour credits be awarded in Working Environment the vocational certificate or lower- division bachelor's/associate's degree ACs usually work in clean, office- categories for courses taken in this like environments at naval air stations rating on air traffic control and and on-board aircraft carriers. They management, and federal aviation work closely with others, are closely regulations. supervised, and do mostly mental work.
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