Air Traffic Controller

Job Description

Air Traffic Controllers ensure the safe travel of aircraft by directing their movements. They organise the flow of aircraft into, out of and between airports. Air Traffic Controllers need to be confident decision-makers, accurate, fast and able to work under very high pressure. They need excellent communication skills, good geospatial awareness and the ability to work as part of a team. People in this role work on shifts around the clock, and can be required to work on any day of the year.

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Hours

People in this role work on shifts around the clock, and can be required to work on any day of the year.

Qualifications

Becoming an Air Traffic Controller requires specific qualifications and training.

Complete a Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control) with Airservices Australia. The course will take 12 months if you go down the Tower path, or 14 months if you go down the Enroute path. You will need to have completed year 12, have undertaken tertiary education or have obtained a pilot licence in the 10 years prior to be eligible to apply.

Alternatively, you can complete your training with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which will require you to have completed year 12 or enrolment as an existing Officer.

Attributes

  • Adaptable
  • Confident
  • Communicator
  • Organised
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Accurate
  • Geospatial Awareness
  • Instruction
  • Monitoring & Maintaining

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;