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Working As A Traffic Control Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • $53,080

    Average Salary

What Does A Traffic Control Specialist Do At Air National Guard Units (Title 32)

* Performs air traffic control duties in the control tower and radar facility.
* Directs movement of aircraft in flight and on the ground by utilizing pilot and controller reports, visual observation, and/or tower and radar facility radar displays, or a combination of methods and in close coordination with other controllers.
* Under restrictive time and space limitations, formulates and issues ATC clearances and instructions to provide for the required separation and or sequencing of all IFR, SVFR, and VFR traffic within delegated airspace.
* Adjusts aircraft flight paths, assigns arrival and departure routes to various types of aircraft, arrival and departure runways, adjusts speed, and issues altitude assignments to accompany multiple types and performance level of civilian and military aircraft to affect separation and expeditious traffic flow as prescribed in FAAO 7110
* Provides assistance to both experienced professional and inexperienced student pilots within the airspace and ensures expeditious traffic flows are maintained.
* Provides mandatory additional services and assistance to aircraft to include those experiencing in-flight emergencies, hijacking and unlawful seizure, pilot disorientation, and to those aircraft otherwise experiencing distress during flight.
* Participates in a host of Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and FAA mandated homeland security procedures and implements Federal and local guidance and direction for aircraft operations within terminal areas.
* Formulates and issues IFR and SVFR clearances and VFR advisory information.
* Formulates and issue all ground movement clearances to aircraft on the ground, vehicular, and personnel operating on the movement areas and runways.
* Coordinate Notices to Airman (NOTAM) actions and airfield advisories in order to provide information to all users of appropriate airports and ATCALS facility.
* Operates, trains, and provides preventative maintenance on a host of automated communications and display hardware and software systems that are integral and vital to the operation of the air traffic control facility.
* Types of systems include but are not limited to; Enhanced Terminal Voice Switch (ETVS), Digital Bright Radar Indicator Tower Equipment (DBRITE), Digital Voice Recording System (DVRS), Data Transmission Network (DTN), Digital Mapper, DoD Advanced Automation System (DAAS), Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR) System, Standard Automated Replacement Radar System (STARS), Information Data Systems (IDS), Automated Terminal Information Service (ATIS), Control Tower Simulator System (CTSS), Air Traffic Control Training Device (ATCTD), Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), and Automated Surface Observation Systems (ASOS).
* Ensures all equipment is accurately aligned and within the required standards, while operating at peak efficiency by all controllers.
* The above description only mentions a limited amount of the position's official duties.
* For a full comprehensive document that covers all the duties of the position, please contact one of the Recruitment Specialist at the bottom of the announcement.
* Travel Required
* Occasional Travel
* For job training and organization mission requirements.
* Relocation Authorized
* No
* Job Requirements
* Key Requirements
* Must maintain membership in the ORANG as a condition of employment.
* You must be assigned to a compatible unit and military duty position.
* Minimum Rank: SrA/E
* Maximum Rank: CMSgt/E
* Announcement open to Enlisted members only.
* AFSC: 1C100, 1C171, 1C191
* Applicant’s who do not possess compatible AFSC(s), will still be considered
* Qualifications

What Does A Traffic Control Specialist Do At JT3

* While working within the Nevada Test and Training Range operations center, schedules and monitors flight and ground activities within special use airspace and restricted ground areas.
* Interfaces with multi-governmental agencies and coordinates real time issues to provide successful mission outcomes.
* Monitors and documents the progress and flight activity of air operations from mission execution to completion, providing range status information, weather conditions, and safety instructions to range users using computerized radar and air-and-ground communication systems.
* Coordinates and validates for the safe usage of various air and ground weapons.
* Controls access, monitors, and documents movement of ground activities within restricted areas using computerized vehicle tracking and a land mobile radio systems.
* De-conflicts range activities aligning them by designated priority and time constraints, ensuring established safety and security parameters are maintained.
* Oversees maintenance and implementation of various range schedules ensuring correct application of separation standards for simultaneous air-to-air, air-to-ground and ground-to-ground activities.
* Receives, analyzes, deciphers and takes actions; notifying key personnel and distributes range incident information in a timely manner to various government agencies using a variety of electronic mediums.
* Configures, operates and monitors air-to-ground radios, landline communications networks, computer terminals, informational display equipment, and computerized radar displays in the management of range operations and assurance of range safety integrity.
* Uses established policies, procedures and subject matter knowledge to complete assignments of high complexity that vary in nature and sequence.
* Direct Search and Rescue activities, ensuring accurate and timely dissemination of information to military and governmental command authorities, and to local emergency response agencies.
* Performs other related duties as directed by supervision

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Traffic Control Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

69.5%

Female

29.4%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.3%

French

8.5%

Carrier

8.5%

German

4.3%

Italian

4.3%

Turkish

2.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

Bulgarian

2.1%

Dutch

2.1%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Deseret

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%
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Traffic Control Specialist Education

Schools

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

17.9%

Community College of the Air Force

15.4%

University of Phoenix

11.3%

Thomas Edison State University

6.7%

Ashford University

4.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

Community College of Beaver County

3.6%

Tidewater Community College

3.6%

University of North Dakota

3.1%

Wichita State University

3.1%

The Academy

2.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.6%

Kent State University

2.6%

Georgia Southern University

2.6%

American University

2.6%

Kaplan University

2.6%

Mt San Antonio College

2.6%

Weber State University

2.6%

Pensacola State College

2.1%
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Majors

Aviation

22.2%

Business

21.5%

Aerospace Engineering

7.5%

Criminal Justice

7.2%

Management

6.1%

General Studies

4.1%

Communication

3.2%

Psychology

2.9%

Education

2.4%

Operations Management

2.4%

Political Science

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.6%

Other

31.6%

Associate

15.0%

Masters

9.3%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.4%
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  1. Air Traffic Clearances
  2. Safety Alerts
  3. Radar Approach
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  • Issued safety alerts to all aircraft within the National Airspace System in accordance with FAA standards.
  • Provided non-radar approach control services in allocated airspace during events of radar outages.
  • Provide documentation data and communicate activity of Special Use Airspace to pilots preventing unauthorized use of restricted airspace.
  • Determined order of departures/arrivals and assured departing VFR flights operate in accordance with established operation rules and procedures.
  • Conducted air traffic control operations within a Class D airspace utilizing intersecting runways totaling over 100 daily operations.

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