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Job Title:  Air Traffic Control Specialist
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FAA-AMH-13-VRA-29648

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$37,070.00 to $139,953.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
Many vacancies in the following location:
FAA Air Traffic Control Locations Throughout the States
This announcement is open only to individuals who are eligible for appointment under the Veteran's Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority.


The Next Generation of Flight is Underway - and you can be part of it! We need you and your fresh ideas to shape the air transportation system of tomorrow, and the way America flies. Come be a part of the new generation in aviation, an industry that is absolutely critical to this nation's economy and security.

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a fundamental transformation of our nation's airspace system. It uses 21st century technologies to meet future demands, avoid gridlock in the sky and on the runways, further improve safety, and protect the environment. For more information on NextGen, watch this brief introduction : NextGen Introduction

About the FAA         Employment Information

Business Component: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Air Traffic Organization, various Terminal and En Route (Center) air traffic facilities nationwide.

Additional Salary Information: Salary shown above is base pay only. Locality pay, plus COLA if applicable, will be added based upon the duty location.

No Permanent Change of Station (PCS) payments are authorized.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Submission of Mbr 4 DD-214 or other proof of VRA eligibility is mandatory
  • Certified air traffic control experience required & certs must be submitted
  • Required documents must be received on or before the closing date
  • Pre-appointment medical, drug and security clearances required
  • SF-50 may be required (see Required Documents for addl information)


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Air Traffic Control Specialists (ATCS's) in the Terminal option are responsible for the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic. Tower Controllers duties involve the sequencing, spacing, and issuing of clearances and instructions to aircraft operating in the Tower's area of responsibility. The controller considers position, type, speed and direction of movement of aircraft desiring to land; estimate of the future positions; the number and capabilities of aircraft wishing to depart from the airport; the pattern, length, direction and condition of runways available for use; wind speed and direction; noise abatement requirements; and wake turbulence and traffic information. Radar Controller's provide separation for aircraft operating under IFR and VFR procedures from other aircraft landing, departing and/or overflying within their designated airspace. Operate radar and communication equipment to apply radar separation standards and vectoring procedures. Detects and adjusts malfunctions and interferences in the equipment. Issues speed, altitude, and directional instructions to pilots to keep aircraft properly separated. Provide air traffic advisory services to pilots including clearance to operate aircraft, weather and field conditions and safety and traffic alerts. Provide training to developmental air traffic controllers and other employees in the facility.

ATCS's in the En Route (Center) option give aircraft instructions and authorize flight path changes, issue air traffic clearances, and provide weather updates, and flight conditions while in route between airports. Operate radar and communication equipment to apply radar separation standards and vectoring procedures. Detects and adjusts malfunctions and interferences in the equipment. Issues speed, altitude, and directional instructions to pilots to keep aircraft properly separated. They provide separation between aircraft flying along the Federal airways or operating into or out of airports.

This is a developmental ATCS position responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of air traffic through the nation's airspace. Developmental controllers receive a wide range of training in controlling and separating live air traffic within designated airspace at and around an airport traffic control tower or radar approach control facility.

Additional information regarding these positions is located at


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1) Applicants must possess 52 weeks of certified air traffic control experience in a civilian or military air traffic control facility, which demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the level of work. This experience must have provided a comprehensive knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations and procedures governing the movement of air traffic; knowledge of aircraft separation standards and control techniques; and the ability to apply them properly, often under conditions of great stress. The 52 weeks of certified experience cannot include any FAA Academy time nor formal Military training time, as this is not considered "live" air traffic.

2) Age Requirements: As established in Public Law 92-291, a maximum age of 30 years is established for entry into Federal civilian ATCS positions in the FAA. Persons who have reached their 31st birthdays may not be originally appointed to FAA ATCS positions. If an individual has previously held a civilian ATCS position with the Department of Defense or FAA he/she may be appointed over age 31. 5 USC 8335(a) and 5 USC 8425(a) require mandatory separation at age 56 for employees in career controller positions. Please contact Aviation Careers at (405) 954-4657 for any questions regarding these requirements.

3) Applicants must be able to speak English clearly to be understood over radios, intercoms, and similar communications equipment.

4) This announcement is open only to VRA eligibles. The following veterans are eligible for a VRA appointment:
a) A veteran who is in receipt of a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition; or
b) A veteran who is disabled; or
c) A veteran who is in receipt of an Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation; or
d) A veteran who was recently separated (recently separated veterans are defined as those who have separated from active service within the last three years.)

In addition to meeting the criteria above, eligible veterans must have been separated under honorable conditions (i.e., the individual must have received either an honorable or general discharge).

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Requirement for preemployment medical clearance: Applicants selected for ATCS positions must pass a medical examination that includes psychological screening prior to appointment. Applicants with prior military service are encouraged to obtain a sealed copy of their military medical records prior to discharge and to retain these records to be provided upon request if selected.

Requirement for security clearance: This position requires an Access National Agency Check and Inquiry with Credit (ANACI) or higher, based on the facility, prior to appointment unless a waiver is obtained.

Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program: This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to a preemployment or preappointment drug screening. Persons occupying covered positions will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

Training Requirements: Developmentals will enter the appropriate phase of field training as determined by the assigned facility to prepare for advancement to the Certified Professional Controller (CPC) level. They must learn the skills needed for operation at higher levels of responsibility. Failure to meet training requirements for or accept promotion to higher grade ATCS positions may constitute grounds for reassignment, demotion or separation from employment.

Certificate and Rating Requirements: ATCS's must possess or obtain a valid ATCS Certificate and/or Control Tower Operator Certificate (CTO) if appropriate. They must also obtain the facility ratings required for full performance at assigned facilities within uniformly applicable time limits.

Interview: Candidates for ATCS positions may be subject to preappointment interviews to determine whether they possess the personal characteristics necessary to perform air traffic control work.

Requirement for nonstandard duty hours or work week: Incumbent may be required to work irregular duty hours or a nonstandard work week or tour of duty.


Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated.

Radar experience may be used as a quality ranking factor when referring applicants to radar facilities.

To preview the application questionnaire, click the following link: View Application Questionnaire


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FAA offers an excellent comprehensive benefits programs. To learn more about the federal government benefits, please click here.


We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Travel may be required.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
Direct deposit of pay is required.

ATCS's are required to attend the initial qualifications training at the FAA Academy and will be placed on temporary excepted appointments not to exceed thirteen (13) months while attending training. The actual duration of time-limited appointment for each individual will be based on the amount of time required to complete the training program. The Terminal training program requires up to 38 classroom days. The En Route training program requires up to 62 classroom days.
Individuals who do not successfully complete training at the FAA Academy and all other requirements for continuing employment may have their employment terminated.
Newly hired ATCS's will be paid long term expense rate (per diem) for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to help offset daily cost of living while attending FAA Academy. The FAA will also pay for cost of travel to and from the training Academy in accordance with applicable agency travel policy.
Upon completion of initial qualification training at the FAA Academy and all other requirements for continuing employment, including evaluations required by the Air Traffic Organization, salary may be adjusted based on the current Air Traffic collective bargaining agreement. These adjustments reflect the facility level and previous experience. Salary will be adjusted to include locality pay or COLA based on duty location of the position. Salary increases will be received as subsequent phases of training are completed.
Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.
In the applicant questionnaire, applicants may select up to two (2) states as a geographic preference. You will only be considered for facilities in the selected two (2) states. Terminal facilities are located in all 50 states. En Route facilities are located in: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
Reemployed annuitants will be given time-limited appointments of no more than one (1) year; it may be extended, or terminated at the FAA's discretion. In no case will appointments be made or extended past the last month in which the re-employed annuitant reaches their 56th birthday.
Work history must correspond with supporting documentation provided and must also reflect 52 weeks of certified air traffic control experience.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLACitizenshipFinancial Disclosure

  • Once your application is in 'Submitted' status, you may receive employment consideration for 12 months from the date of the submission of your application or until a new vacancy announcement for the register is established, whichever comes first. To extend the period of eligibility for an additional 12 months, you must access your application, review and/or update responses to the questionnaire and 'Submit' your application. Please note, each time that you re-submit your application to the vacancy announcement, it overwrites your original submission and extends consideration of your application for twelve months from the date of the most recent submission.
  • Submitting an updated application allows you the opportunity to provide the most up-to-date information concerning your education, training, and experience. It also assures that selecting officials receive the most current information.
  • Your application must be in a 'Submitted' status in order to be referred. Only applications in a 'Submitted' status at the time a referral list is generated will be eligible for referral. Referral lists can be created anytime after the announcement has opened.


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You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Submitted" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Submitted" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

  • Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

    You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

    • SF-15  : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference


Applicants must submit copies of the front and back of all ATC certifications/facility rating cards. Please ensure all required documentation is legible.

You must also submit proof of veterans preference (Member 4 copy DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resource Office. Veterans Preference will only be considered based on what is supported. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, the Human Resource office may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Applicants must provide the following proof of VRA eligibility: Member 4 copy of DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or if final DD-214 not yet received, official orders or documents for terminal leave pending discharge from active duty. Terminal leave documents must include beginning/ending dates of active duty and type of discharge. If claiming eligibility based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit a completed form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and a copy of supporting documents (e.g.; VA letter).

Applicants who have reached the maximum entry age of 31 must also provide a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies original appointment to a Federal civilian ATCS position with the Department of Defense or FAA prior to age 31.

Documents must be uploaded or faxed upon submission of the online application. If you fail to submit required documentation, you may be determined ineligible.

Please include your full name and "VRA" on each document.


Aviation Careers
Phone: (405) 954-4657
Fax: (405) 954-5766/0593
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
Aviation Careers
6500 S. MacArthur Blvd
HQ 130
Oklahoma City, OK
Fax: (405) 954-5766/0593


Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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