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Working As A Traffic Control Specialist

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $122,950

    Average Salary

What Does A Traffic Control Specialist Do At Aecom

* Provides separation between landing and departing aircraft, transfers control of aircraft on instrument flights to the enroute controllers when the aircraft leave their airspace, and receive control of aircraft on instrument flights coming into their airspace from controllers at adjacent facilities.
* Routes planes for operating under instrument flight rules to control center and for operating under visual flight rules to station in vicinity of destination airport, using radio, teletype, radiotelephone, radiotelegraph, telephone, or interphone, and provides meteorological, navigational, and other information to pilots during flight, using radio.
* Relays traffic control and other instructions concerned with aircraft safety to pilots, radios such information as identifying landmarks, beacons and available landing fields to pilots in flight, maintains file of plans for operating under visual flight rules until completion of flight, and contacts facilities along route of flight to secure information on overdue aircraft.
* Reports lost aircraft to control center for rescue or local emergency services, monitors such radio aids to navigation as range stations, fan markers and voice communication facilities, and notifies air personnel of availability of these facilities, and maintains written records of messages transmitted and received.
* Have knowledge of performance characteristics of a wide variety of aircraft, aircraft separation standards and the skill and ability to keep air traffic properly separated on the runway and in the air.
* Perform all other position related duties as assigned or requested.
* Position is represented by a Union Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
* Minimum Requirements

What Does A Traffic Control Specialist Do At Thermo Fisher Scientific

* Providing accurate ECCN and HTS classifications for products to ensure compliance with regulations.
* Building and enforcing classification processes and working with the rest of team to execute strategy.
* Daily processing of international orders utilizing Precision system; maintaining US Export compliance, as well as, upholding commercial requirements and best practices.
* Evaluating and correcting daily compliance issues with EPCI, RPL, DPL, Embargo, ITAR and US Export License Screening for international flagged orders.
* Product review and classification (HTS Code & ECCN) while working with vendors, consultants and intra-company personnel as required, supporting export compliance product classification or regulatory issues.
* Updating various Precision databases (specifically Product and Partner databases).
* Receiving and maintaining commercial data and performing daily audits to ensure complete compliance with government and export regulations.
* Identifying Precision software non-performance issues and coordinating with IMEX for corrective action.
* Creating commercial documents (Commercial Invoice, Packing List, Valuation Statements, etc.) for all international orders.
* Proper export declaration (EEI) via Precision or Automated Export System (AES) adhering to US Law.
* Supporting export compliance training and audit programs.
* Interfacing with Customer Service, Corporate Global Trade Compliance, CCG Regulatory Affairs, Sales, and Export Packing function.
* Externally interfacing with Department of Census and Customs

What Does A Traffic Control Specialist Do At Wolf Creek Federal Services

* Flight-follows aircraft and reports ATAs, ATDs, and other flight information to Air Traffic Control agencies (ATC).
* Relays Oakland ARTCC ATC clearances to inbound, outbound and over-flying aircraft, and provides airfield advisory service to arriving and departing aircraft.
* Transmits International Civil Aircraft Organization (ICAO) flight plans, departure and other messages on appropriate data circuits;
* Processes Prior Permission Required (PPR) requests through designated USAF approval authorities for aircraft desiring to transit.
* Transmits Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) as required and maintains Flight Information Publications (FLIPs).
* Performs airfield inspections and Foreign Object Damage (FOD) and Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) checks.
* Acts as point of contact for various emergencies and mobilize emergency response per Base Operations Quick Reaction Checklists.
* Controls and monitors all access and activity on the flightline Controlled Movement Area (CMA).
* Performs other related work as assigned.
* Keeps supervisor apprised of mission status.
* Coordinates activities of the section.
* Assist other ATC personnel in assigned tasks.
* Ensures proper housekeeping practices are observed.
* Inspects and observes work to ensures compliance with applicable safety regulations’ and practices.
* Completes mission status reports as required.
* Ensures work is scheduled and accomplished within established timelines

What Does A Traffic Control Specialist Do At Leidos

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* Provide support to various Air Traffic Control Centers, TRACONs and Air Traffic Control Towers.
* Support consist of assisting Air Traffic facilities with Requirements support with transition planning, including review and comment on implementation and transition issues.
* Review impacts of specification and designs for new ATC facilities.
* Analyze inter-dependencies between various programs and their effect on service area/field AT resources and make recommendations for resolution of conflicts.
* Support the annual call for estimates, including service area validation, preparation, justification prioritization of submission of the F&E budget.
* Monitor/track single source F&E requests from field facilities

What Does A Traffic Control Specialist Do At Volt Information Sciences

* Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job and will not be considered an employee contract.
* Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
* In order to promote this harmony in the workplace and to obey the laws related to employment, Volt maintains a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity without unlawful regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital or parental status, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status or any other category protected by applicable

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How To Become A Traffic Control Specialist

To become an air traffic controller, an applicant must

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a bachelor’s degree, or work experience, or a combination of education and experience totaling 3 years
  • Pass medical and background checks
  • Achieve a qualifying score on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) preemployment test, which includes a biographical assessment
  • Pass the Air Traffic Standardized Aptitude Test (AT-SAT)
  • Complete a training course at the FAA Academy (and start it before turning 31 years of age)

The AT-SAT is an 8-hour, computer-based exam. Some of the characteristics tested include arithmetic, prioritization, planning, tolerance for high intensity, decisiveness, visualization, problem solving, and movement detection.

Controllers also must pass a physical exam each year and a job performance exam twice per year. In addition, they must pass periodic drug screenings.


The FAA sets guidelines for schools that offer a program called the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative, or the AT-CTI program. AT-CTI schools offer 2- or 4-year degrees that are designed to prepare students for a career in air traffic control. The curriculum is not standardized, but courses focus on subjects that are fundamental to aviation. Topics include aviation weather, airspace, clearances, reading maps, federal regulations, and related topics.

Also known as a biodata test, the biographical assessment is a personality exam that looks at a candidate’s response patterns in order to determine whether the person is a good fit for additional air traffic education. For more information, see the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) page on biodata tests. Applicants who pass both the AT-SAT and the biographical assessment are eligible to enroll in an intensive training course at the FAA Academy.

Air traffic controllers also may apply for positions through vacancy announcements made to the general public when such announcements are available. The announcements allow those with no special experience or education to apply to become air traffic controllers. These applicants generally must have completed a 4-year degree, have equivalent sequential work experience, or have some combination of the two. To improve their chances of passing the exam, applicants from the general public should try to educate themselves along the lines of the AT-CTI and AT-SAT standards.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Applicants with only a high school education will need to have years of sequential work experience or a combination of experience and education. Work experience includes work as a commercial pilot, navigator, or flight dispatcher. Other work experience that requires knowledge of aviation topics, such as weather and flight regulations, may be acceptable.

Candidates with previous air traffic control experience are automatically eligible to apply for air traffic controller positions. They do not need to take the FAA preemployment test. There can be specific job postings for those who already have experience working as an air traffic controller, such as through the military.


Most newly hired air traffic controllers are trained at the FAA Academy, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The length of training varies with the position and the applicant’s background. Applicants must be hired by their 31st birthday.

After graduating from the Academy, trainees are assigned to an air traffic control facility as developmental controllers, until they complete all requirements for becoming a certified air traffic controller. Developmental controllers begin their careers by supplying pilots with basic flight data and airport information. They then advance to positions within the control room that have more responsibility.

As the developmental controllers master various duties, they earn increases in pay and advance in their training. Those with previous controller experience may take less time to become fully certified.

Trainees who fail to complete the Academy or their on-the-job training within a specified time are usually dismissed.

There are opportunities for a controller to switch from an en route position to an airport position, although the transfer requires additional Academy training. Within both of these categories, controllers can transfer to jobs at different locations or advance to supervisory positions.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All air traffic controllers must hold an Air Traffic Control Tower Operator Certificate or be appropriately qualified and supervised as stated in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 65. They must be at least 18 years old and fluent in English, and they must comply with all knowledge and skill requirements.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Air traffic controllers must be able to give clear, concise instructions, listen carefully to pilot’s requests, and respond by speaking clearly.

Concentration skills. Controllers must be able to concentrate in a room where multiple conversations occur at once. For example, in a large airport tower, several controllers may be speaking with several pilots at the same time.

Decisionmaking skills. Controllers must make quick decisions. For example, when a pilot requests a change of altitude or heading to avoid poor weather, the controller must respond quickly so that the plane can operate safely.

Math skills. Controllers must be able to do arithmetic accurately and quickly. They often need to compute speeds, times, and distances, and they recommend heading and altitude changes.

Organizational skills. Controllers must be able to coordinate the actions of multiple flights. Controllers need to be able to prioritize tasks, because they may be required to guide several pilots at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Controllers must be able to understand complex situations, such as the impact of changing weather patterns on a plane’s flight path. Controllers must be able to review important information and provide pilots with appropriate solutions.

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Traffic Control Specialist Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Carrier

  • German

  • Italian

  • Turkish

  • Portuguese

  • Bulgarian

  • Dutch

  • Vietnamese

  • Cantonese

  • Deseret

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

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Top Traffic Control Specialist Skills

  1. Air Traffic Clearances
  2. Safety Alerts
  3. Radar Approach
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Issued safety alerts and provided advisory service to all aircraft within 100 nautical miles up to FL 245.
  • Provide separation between aircraft in both a Terminal Radar Approach Control facility and VFR tower environment.
  • Provide documentation data and communicate activity of Special Use Airspace to pilots preventing unauthorized use of restricted airspace.
  • Conducted air traffic control operations within a Class D airspace utilizing intersecting runways totaling over 100 daily operations.
  • Issued Special Visual Flight Rules (SVFR) clearances when necessary.

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