Step 2: Search for a vacancy announcement for "Air Traffic Control
Specialist Trainee" or "Air Traffic Control Specialist." (look for the
acronyms: VRA, RMC, REINST, CTI, CTO, PUBNAT/OTS in the announcement).
Announcements generally look like this:
or AAC-AMH-09-CTI-16485.You may fall into more than one category and may apply for more
than one announcement as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for
Step 3: Once you have found a vacancy that you are eligible to apply
for, Open an ASAP account and apply online for those announcements. Ensure
you apply before the vacancy announcement has closed. FAA
Step 4: When going through the ASAP process, ensure you double check
everything you fill out. The computer may not process your application if it
is not filled out completely.
Step 5: After you submit your application via the ASAP and the vacancy
announcement has closed, you may check back to ASAP periodically to get status
reports on your application. If you applied to CTO or PUBNAT/OTS go to step
6. If you applied to any other announcement, go to step 8.
Step 6: Receive AT-SAT Authorization. Some get letters, others get
email. The email will contain instructions on scheduling your test date. The
FAA will pay for test, you must pay for your transportation to get to the
testing location. Test sites are generally located near major U.S. cities or
Step 7: Take the AT-SAT. You should receive your score within two
weeks of your test date. You will score a numerical value and based on that
be placed in ?qualified? or ?well-qualified? category. A score between: 70 ?
84.9 will be ?qualified.? A score between: 85 ? 100 will be ?well
qualified.? More Information on the AT
-SAT You may choose to take the test over to gain a better score. You must wait one year from the date
you last took the AT-SAT. Your second score will always replace your first score, even if it is lower. Test
scores are valid for three years.
Step 8: Receive Geographic Preference email. You will see a list of
states in the attached website. You will need to choose up to two states
where you desire to work. There are two facility options available through the ATCS positions. You will need to
make your decision on where you prefer to work: the terminal option, the EnRoute option, or neither. You may
want to consider how many FAA facilities are in the state in which you want to apply. You are more likely to get
selected to a state that has many facilities rather than selected for a state that just has one facility. You also
want to consider what the locality percentage or facility levels are available in each state as this will determine what
your pay will be set at. FAA Air Traffic Control Facility Information
Step 9: Monitor the ASAP. You will be notified via ASAP if you have
made a referral list for the states that you selected in your geographic
preferences. If the both states that you selected were not hiring, then you
did not make the referral list and will have to re-apply when a new
announcement opens. If both states you selected are hiring, then you will be
referred to one or the other. You will not be referred to both states
simultaneously for selection.
Step 10: Selection Panel meets in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The
selection panel is made up of various FAA managers at facilities across the
United States. A representative from Washington, D.C. for the Air Traffic
Organization (ATO) Workforce Hiring and Staffing will meet the panel of
managers in Oklahoma City and give them direction on making selections. Over
the course of one week the panel takes all the applications that were referred
to the various states and starts making selections. They base their
selections of numerous factors. One being if your AT-SAT score fell into the
?qualified? or ?well-qualified? category.
Step 11: If your application was among the most competitive, you will
receive an email notice stating that you are being considered for employment.
You must complete a series of screening either at the Pre-Employment
Processing Center (PEPC) or you can do this on your own (traditional route)
with guidance from the FAA. If you attend the PEPC you will receive your
Tentative Offer Letter (TOL) shortly after you get there. The tentative offer
letter will include the facility you are to be assigned and your starting
pay. If you choose the traditional route, you will generally receive this
letter by mail or email. FAA