I Disappear When You Log In - Register

 

I Disappear When You Log In - Register

^^ The Advertisements above disappear once you log in. Not a member? Register Now, it's free! ^^
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Newcomer

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    1

    Chances of being picked up?

    I'm 20 right now and considering joining a 2 year CTI program.
    If all goes well what are the chances that I don't get picked by the FAA? Does it all depend on the states that I choose? It seems like there are a good portion of people who never become ATC's due to never being called by the FAA. I have wanted to be an ATC for a long time now and I just want to know if going through the CTI program is worth it?

  2. #2
    StuSEL's Avatar
    Moderator

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    You know where.
    Posts
    636

    Re: Chances of being picked up?

    Going CTI at 20 years old will likely get you into the FAA, but it's hard to say when. Very few people that we know of on this forum never get selected. A handful do age out, but those people usually start CTI school in their late 20s.

    If you want to do ATC, take some action. Get your CTI certificate or get into military ATC and get a control tower operator (CTO) certificate or certify at a radar facility. Off-the-street hiring is not an option right now, so the former two methods are really your only way into the FAA right now.

  3. #3
    redcup's Avatar
    Senior Member

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    188

    Re: Chances of being picked up?

    There is one guarantee that people need to realize, no matter how bad the economy is, there will always be a need for ATC'ers. Whether or not that need gets pushed back a year or two is a different story but controllers are vital to the country and they are always retiring, thus being needed to be replaced. Honestly, I'd say right now is a perfect time to get started towards an ATC career. You have 2 things going for your, 1- you're only 20. You are very unlikely to age out before you get a call. 2- the economy is bad now, which gives you time to get an education and apply so that in 2-3 years when hiring is back to normal you will be ready to rock. I'd say give it a shot, it is a great rewarding career if you can get it and hopefully you'll have a little luck on your side to get that foot in the door. Good luck

  4. #4
    StuSEL's Avatar
    Moderator

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    You know where.
    Posts
    636

    Re: Chances of being picked up?

    I forgot to add this: The FAA Academy is closed at the moment, but many controllers are still eligible to retire, and nearly all are forced to retire when they reach age 56. The academy closure will create a shortage if it stays closed for too long.

    High-level facilities will have their retiring controllers replaced largely by controllers from lower-level facilities. The shortage may occur at lower-level facilities, where most academy graduates go. We'll see if this ends up occurring or not, but if it does, that would be good news for applicants because it means the FAA will need to pump more people through the academy.

  5. #5
    Trusted Contributor

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    710

    Re: Chances of being picked up?

    Quote Originally Posted by redcup View Post
    There is one guarantee that people need to realize, no matter how bad the economy is, there will always be a need for ATC'ers. Whether or not that need gets pushed back a year or two is a different story but controllers are vital to the country and they are always retiring, thus being needed to be replaced. Honestly, I'd say right now is a perfect time to get started towards an ATC career. You have 2 things going for your, 1- you're only 20. You are very unlikely to age out before you get a call. 2- the economy is bad now, which gives you time to get an education and apply so that in 2-3 years when hiring is back to normal you will be ready to rock. I'd say give it a shot, it is a great rewarding career if you can get it and hopefully you'll have a little luck on your side to get that foot in the door. Good luck
    Not always. At some point the technology will get to the point of largely diminishing the role of the controller. Just may not occur anytime during our careers.

  6. #6
    Reactor temps normal.

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    532

    Re: Chances of being picked up?

    Quote Originally Posted by rhd9b View Post
    Not always. At some point the technology will get to the point of largely diminishing the role of the controller. Just may not occur anytime during our careers.
    Very true. However, what job can you say isn't affected by technology? Every career in existence is. Of course, with that comes a whole new slew of new positions. I don't think there will ever be a time where people are not necessary to support the system, but the jobs will certainly evolve over time, there is no question about that. Back in the 50s, typewriter technicians were extremely well compensated and sought after! How about now?!
    Marcia

  7. #7
    Trusted Contributor

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    IL
    Posts
    573

    Re: Chances of being picked up?

    Quote Originally Posted by StuSEL View Post
    Going CTI at 20 years old will likely get you into the FAA, but it's hard to say when. Very few people that we know of on this forum never get selected. A handful do age out, but those people usually start CTI school in their late 20s.

    If you want to do ATC, take some action. Get your CTI certificate or get into military ATC and get a control tower operator (CTO) certificate or certify at a radar facility. Off-the-street hiring is not an option right now, so the former two methods are really your only way into the FAA right now.
    This is the best advice on here for a 20 year old. AF is 6 year enlistment and USN/USMC is 5 year for ATC. Be all you can be and do ATC in the military which prepares you for FAA employment better than a risky CTI program.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •