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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

600 S Clyde Morris Blvd
Daytona Beach, Florida


About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

Embry-Riddle is at the Forefront of Air Traffic Management Education Worldwide; Come Learn from Professionals

Read a career story about our program and a few grads working as air traffic controllers.

If you?ve dreamed of being in air traffic control, you won't find a better starting place than Embry-Riddle's program.

As one of the few FAA-approved air traffic control programs in the country, we?ll put you on the cutting edge of system changes now on the horizon that will introduce new methods and means for managing the world?s aviation arteries.

You?ll study in state-of-the-art facilities with professors who have actually worked as air traffic controllers. Embry-Riddle's Air Traffic Control Simulation Laboratory is the largest interactive air traffic control laboratory in the United States with the most advanced equipment available. (note: Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) are used interchangebly on this page but the official name of the degree is Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management.)

Embry-Riddle is one of only 23 approved ATC training schools under the FAA?s Collegiate Training Initiative. The combination of our faculty and top-of-the-line lab equipment, as a graduate you will have a decided edge. This fast-paced, exciting field offers exceptional opportunity with earning potential that will surprise you. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level ATC manager positions. Most jobs will be with the U.S. government or military.

As a student in an aviation-focused program, you'll become familiar with Embry-Riddle's new Aviation Sciences Building, completed in 2002. Here you'll have access to the heart of the largest aeronautical science program in the nation.

You'll learn from a unique combination of faculty with broad and outstanding expertise, and technology that address the most pressing challenges facing aviation today: unprecedented passenger growth, frequent flight delays, security concerns, congested airport runways, aging aircraft, and outdated computer systems.
Job Outlook Great

* 85 percent of U.S. air traffic controllers (14,000) will be eligible for retirement over the next decade
* Controllers are among the highest paid in government service
* Graduates of this program will have a decided advantage in these jobs

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Reviews

  1. Re: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach - ATC Housing Review

    Review by: Archives
    Reviewed on:08-03-2013
    Rating: 4
    This rating is carried over from the previous rating system.

    StuckMic previously had a method of rating the AT-CTI Schools on 4 pieces of criteria which included:

    Teaching Staff
    Nearby Activities

    To transfer over the previous ratings to the new system, which allows the user to rate the school based on a 5 star rating system used by hotels, restaurants and other large establishments, we first added up the ratings for each provider under the old system and then divided that by 4. (This is basic math averaging.) We then took that number and rounded it to the nearest .5 and that became the single digit number we used to start the new rating system.

    The archived reviews display the previous ratings as well as the average rating based on the previous entries. The archived reviews are very relevant to the AT-CTI Schools listed and were the primary source of rating for almost 5 years.
  2. Re: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach - ATC Housing Review

    Review by: brn2flyguy
    Reviewed on:12-13-2013
    Rating: 4
    I am 2006 ERAU graduate, an Aerospace Studies major (I think they've renamed this major since I graduated), and a current air traffic controller at Jax Center. I received a lot of great things from my time at ERAU, and despite the cost of attendance I wouldn't trade the education, friendships, and experiences I got there for anything. That being said if you are looking at attending in the future you need to seriously consider several things before making that decision.

    First you need to ask what you really want to do career-wise, and determine whether ERAU is really the most cost-effective way to realize that dream. Take it from me, you won't think much about the debt you're racking up while you're in school, but you'll come to regret it for years (or decades) to come if it doesn't translate into a high two-figure or six-figure job. I was one of the fortunate one's to get into a career like ATC that has very good compensations for the education required for the job (there are people with doctoral degrees making less than me). If you're going to school for ATC then ERAU is generally a good investment. However be warned that as of this posting the FAA has been under a hiring freeze for 8 months with no end in sight. Moreover because the number of CTI schools has more than doubled since I was in college, and because these schools keep churning out graduates looking for controller jobs, when the FAA does start hiring you will face very stiff competition for relatively few job openings. If you're at Riddle for flight training, save your money and fly somewhere else. Don't get me wrong you can get excellent training from Riddle, but again it's a question of value and how much B.S. you can swallow. I flew on campus and off, and you'll quickly figure out that Riddle makes you jump through an endless series of ridiculous hoops in the name of "building professionalism", but at the end of the day you're just as likely to get hired after learning to fly somewhere else--and you won't be as far in debt. I wasn't paying them to teach me "professionalism" I was paying them to teach me to fly airplanes. If you are trying to be come a professional pilot it is a good idea to do your ground lab/aeronautics classes at Riddle, and fly at one of the other FBO flight schools at the airport. As for engineering: ERAU is one of the top schools in the world or aerospace engineering, but I would seriously examine your salary and job prospects four years from now before making that commitment. One of my colleagues who is an air traffic controller now, graduated with an engineering degree from ERAU in 2003 and his first engineering job paid $40K/year.

    I know it may sound like I'm discouraging people from attending, but what I'm really trying to do is challenge you to make the return-on-investment calculations that I only lightly considered before attending Riddle. Harvard has a great business school, but for someone wanting a career in business is it really worth the tuition? For some people ERAU is the right choice, but it's not for everyone. And honestly if you're not studying ATC, flight (though still best to fly off campus), or something engineering related like human factors of aerospace engineering then you're flushing money down the toilet. Okay so I've beat a dead horse here a little so bottom-line: do your homework on the job and salary prospects in your field of interest BEFORE selecting a college.