Airway Transportation Systems Specialists (ATSS) perform in the capacity of highly specialized electronics technicians. The primary duties of an ATSS are linked to maintaining the safe and efficient operating capacity of the vast and complex network of electronics systems required for the world's largest air traffic control and navigation system. ATSS personnel install, evaluate, maintain, modify and certify facilities, services and equipment that support the National Airspace System (NAS). They are also responsible for various auxiliary duties that contribute to providing reliable and safe FAA services to the flying public. This involves work with radar, communications, automation, and navigational aid equipment, as well as, various environmental support facilities and equipment. ATSS' will be required to possess knowledge in and perform some or all of the following duties:
Well qualified applicants will document extensive knowledge and skill in the operation, repair, installation, analysis, maintenance, troubleshooting, modification, and certification on all or some of the following ground-based systems such as:
- Communications: Motorola, ITT or General Dynamics radios, UHF, VHS, Satellite communication systems, Radio Communications Link Repeaters, Low Density Radio Communications Link Repeaters, Small Tower Voice Switches, Enhanced Terminal Voice Switches, Rapid Deployment Voice Switches, Digital Voice Recorder Systems, and Digital Audio Legal Recorder
Qualified applicantsmust document 1 year of specialized work experience, equivalent to at least the next lower level, that demonstrates an extensive knowledge of basic electricity and electronic theory; aptitude for solving mathematical problems (algebra, trigonometry); knowledge and ability to use tools, materials, and various types of specialized test equipment for the maintenance, troubleshooting and repairing electronic equipment/systems and experience in the technology, system interrelationships, and management of civilian or military automated aviation, navigation, and electronics systems. Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History.
ATSSs must be able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Due to the nature of the job, usable vision (including color vision and near vision), hearing, and speech may be required. ATSSs may be required to lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; climb stairs/ladders and towers up to 100 foot; be able to bend or stoop for extended periods; work in diverse environmental conditions (outside/extreme weather); work rotating shifts, weekends and/or holidays; and possibly travel in the local area up to 80% of the time. (Note: Newly hired ATSSs may spend a significant amount of time attending formal training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK)