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Air Traffic Controller
Transcript of Air Traffic Controller
• They are assigned by NAV Canada anywhere in the country.
• Once they are fully qualified they can apply to specific position.
• Controllers work in either air traffic control towers or radar centers. •Both types of controller are surrounded by state-of-the-art communications and
tracking equipment, including radar screens, electronic equipment, computers, and
radios and telephones to contact pilots and other airport staff.
• controller work 5 days in a row and, they receive the next 4 days off.
• A typical workday for an air traffic controller is 9 hours long.
• Controllers are often responsible for several aircraft at a time. This requires total
• Job-related stress is a major hazard for air traffic controllers. As a result, they are
required to take a test of physical evaluations once a year. Earnings HARSHAL BILIMORIA Job Description Air Traffic Controller EDUCATION Career Path •Air traffic controllers’ earnings vary depending on
their experience, location, position, and the type of
facility they work at.
•During this probationary period they receive a salary of about
$35,000 a year.
•Salaries for fully qualified controllers range from about
$60,000 to $129,000 a year.
•Controllers salaries usually begin at or near the bottom of
this range and then increase as they gain experience.
•In addition to their salaries, air traffic controllers receive
benefits, including health coverage, paid vacation and sick
days, and a pension plan. •All air traffic controllers in Canada are trained by NAV CANADA, the private
corporation that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service.
•To become an air traffic controller, you must graduate from the NAV CANADA training
program and then complete a period of on-the-job training.
•The training program takes 4 to 14 months to complete, depending on which
type of controller position you are training for.
•Those who pass the initial training program become probationary employees and
are assigned to work in control center somewhere in Canada for on-job-training.
•The period of training lasts for 4 months to a year, at the end of on-job-training
trainers become fully qualified control.
•To start for entrance to the training program, you must be at least 18 years old,
have a high school diploma, and Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
•People in training program are evaluated through an interview process and a series of aptitude
•You must also pass a medical exam and a security check. Level1 - Probationary Air Traffic Controller salaries $35,000 to $36,000
Requirement- Using simulators to practice air traffic control; observing
licensed controllers at work; performing the regular duties
of a controller while under the close supervision of an
experienced air traffic controller. Level 2- Air Traffic Controller salaries $60,000 to $100,000 a
year (plus overtime and facility premium).
Requirement- Monitoring the flow of air traffic in an assigned
area; giving instructions to pilots to ensure they
maintain a safe distance from other aircraft;
providing pilots with information concerning
flying conditions. Level 3- Supervisor salaries $80,000 to $130,000 a year
(plus overtime and facility premium)
Requirement- Overseeing the actions of a group of
controllers; training new air traffic
controllers; investigating any incidents that
may occur, such as two planes coming too
close together. Related Jobs The related jobs for air traffic controller are:-
• Aerospace Engineer.
• Airport Ground Crew.
• Helicopter Pilot.
• Pilot. •At any given moment, there are thousands of planes in the skies, all over the world. Air traffic controllers are the backbone of
•Air traffic controllers ensure that a safe distance is maintained between aircraft at all times. Controllers monitor aircraft both
visually and with the help of radar, and provide pilots with instructions to ensure they stay clear of other aircraft.
•There are essentially two types of controllers: those who work in control towers and those who work in radar centers.
•They ensure that runways are clear and help pilots land at the airport.
•They communicate with pilots by radio and monitor flight paths. They also provide pilots with information on weather changes,
nearby planes, and other potential hazards.
•A controller’s job may seem fairly straightforward, but hundreds of lives depend upon air traffic controllers’ ability to perform
their duties without error.
•They are usually responsible for several aircraft at one time. It’s important that they are able to create an accurate, 3D mental
image of the location of their designated aircraft, and understand how these aircraft are moving in relation to one another. Other Resources The other information that you can find for Air Traffic Controller are:-
Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA)
http://www.catca.ca Interview 1 •The person who is being interviewed is Adrian .
•The similar job that air traffic controller can do
with there skills are:-
Pilot Interview 2 •The person who is interviewed is Isabell. A Day In Life • A typical workday for an air traffic controller
is 9 hours long. LIKES •Adrian like about his job is an air traffic controller is the fact that it’s very challenging and exciting. It’s fulfilling to be an air traffic controller. The phrase I like to use is ‘I can’t believe they actually pay me for this One of the other things is the people that I work with; they’re all professionals, the pilots and the controllers. And, the other thing is the benefits of the job: time off. You work a 5/4 shift: 5 days on, 4 days off. And as well the vacation time (roughly 15 days a year) we get. DISLIKE Adrian don’t like about his job is that the constant friction between controllers and management. They always want to reduce our staffing, equipment, and money. And we’r always trying to get more staffing, more equipment, and more money. Something else I don’t like is the fact that a lot of our mistakes are publicized. When two airplanes get too close together, we will likely hear it on the 6 o’clock news, even though no one was hurt.” LIKES Isabelle like about her job is I really like the shift work and all the time off I get. I work 5 days on and I get 4 days off, so it’s almost like having a whole week off at a time. I also like the challenge and the excitement of working heavy traffic: having to answer to pilots’ requests constantly, and working in a storm, or trying to make their flight as smooth as possible. And also, the fact that he don’t like is when I leave the control room my day is over. I don’t have to think about work or any problems until I come back the next day. DISLIKE Isabelle don’t like about her job is What I like the least about my job is definitely working weekends and holidays. This last year I had to work Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, and there’s no way around that. I also don’t enjoy getting up at 5:00 in the morning for a day shift which starts at 6:25. And I guess the boredom. Sometimes when you’re sitting there and there aren’t many airplanes in your area, it does get quite boring.