Air Traffic Controller Program
The Air Traffic Controller Degree program at Aims Community College is a two-year program that prepares students to apply to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a position as an air traffic controller.
Students spend two semesters acquiring basic aviation knowledge, with two additional semesters dedicated to hands-on training using the latest ATC simulation.
Aims is one of only 31 colleges and universities in the United States certified by the FAA as Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) institutions.
The AT-CTI program trains students through a rigorous curriculum designed to maximize their chances of success.
"These schools are an excellent jump-start for a job in air traffic control," according to Robert A. Sturgell, the FAA's acting administrator. "These institutions will give thousands of future controllers an inside track on a great career."
* The FAA plans to recruit and hire more than 17,000 new air traffic controllers over the next 10 years.
* Over the last three years, the FAA has hired 5,000 new controllers and plans to hire more than 2,000 in fiscal year 2009.
* In the past five years, CTI schools have graduated more than 4,000 students from their programs, most of whom were hired by the FAA.
* The two main jobs are airport tower controllers and enroute controllers.
* Enroute controllers work in 22 FAA centers around the country.
* In the Colorado region, airports employing controllers include Denver International Airport, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Centennial Airport, Front Range Airport, Pueblo Airport and Colorado Springs Airport. The Greeley/Weld County Airport and the Fort Collins/Loveland Airport were both recently approved for towers and will be hiring controllers.
* The median income for a controller is $102,000 annually with a range between $57,000 and $139,000.
* Air Traffic Controllers must be 30 years old or younger in order to be eligible for an FAA position.[U][B]