Job Overview


About the Agency

Business Component: Air Traffic Organization - ATO

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


This is a developmental Air Traffic Control Specialist (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, or air route traffic control center.

As a new ATCS, you will spend your first several weeks of employment in an intensive training program at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK. While attending academy training you will be on a temporary appointment. Academy students receive basic air traffic control training at the FAA Academy, which includes:

- Complete occupational indoctrination including highlights of Federal employment, familiarization with organizational structure & functions, aircraft, air traffic control system, & aviation industry, classroom instruction & workshop exercises relating to air traffic control system.

Individuals who do not successfully complete training at the FAA Academy and all other necessary requirements will have their employment terminated.

Upon successful completion of the Academy initial training program & other employment requirements, newly hired ATCS will be offered a permanent appointment at an FAA facility with a basic salary of $37,441, plus applicable locality pay based on facility assignment. Applicants with prior ATC experience will have their salary set in accordance with the ATCS Collective Bargaining Agreement, upon conversion.

ATCS's will be paid long term expense rate (per diem) for Oklahoma City, OK to help offset daily cost of living while attending FAA Academy. FAA will pay for cost of travel in accordance with applicable agency policy. As an ATCS you will receive pay increases as you successfully complete the progressive phases of controller training at your assigned facility.

The FAA has Air Traffic Control Facilities in every state as well as Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam. This announcement is open to those applicants willing to work at any FAA Air Traffic Control Facility.

Applicant geographic area preferences are for informational purposes only and will not be used in the selection process; however, preferences may be considered at time of placement after successful completion of Academy training. Ultimately, placement will be based upon the needs of the FAA.