FAA Air Traffic Control Program (Collegiate Training initiative CTI)
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* General Information about becoming an air traffic controller
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Purdue University's Program
The FAA Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) was implemented in response to the FAA's projected future needs for air traffic controllers. Hiring trends are expected to increase dramatically over the next decade, and the FAA has implemented partnership agreements with selected colleges to prepare students for potential hiring of air traffic controllers. Purdue University is one of only 23 colleges selected to participate in this unique program. The FAA implemented these partnership agreements in October 1997 and added additional schools in 2007. These colleges will serve as some of the primary hiring sources for FAA air traffic control specialists. Purdue University is designated as one of five colleges serving the FAA's Great Lakes region in this new program.
To qualify for hiring by the FAA as an air traffic controller, it is necessary for potential students to: (1) complete a four year degree in aviation technology at Purdue, (2) hold U.S. citizenship, (3) be less than 30 years of age at time of hiring by the FAA, and (4) successfully complete an FAA aptitude test (to be administered during the student's enrollment at Purdue University). Additionally, during the hiring process, students must pass an FAA physical exam, drug test, and intensive security and background investigations.
After completion of the BS degree in aviation technology at Purdue, if their performance meets all requirements, students will be recommended for hiring to the FAA. Students employed by the FAA will then complete their training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City as paid employees of the FAA. This training is primarily laboratory simulation. FAA Academy training lasts 12-15 weeks, depending on the specialty into which the student is hired. Starting salary is approximately $25,000 per year, including the initial training at the FAA Academy. Maximum salaries can eventually exceed $90,000.
When applying to the FAA for employment, applicants will be given the opportunity to indicate their geographic hiring preference. Completion of Purdue's CTI program does not guarantee employment, although it is one of the FAA's primary paths for the hiring of air traffic controllers. Other hiring paths include the hiring of controllers leaving the military. Eventual assignment will be either to the Terminal Option (control tower and radar approach facilities) or the Enroute Option (Air Route Traffic Control Centers such as those located in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland or Minneapolis.)
All AT students may add the CTI Air Traffic Control Option if desired. To be eligible to add the CTI Air Traffic Control endorsement to your AM degree program you must complete your degree in Aviation Management with the following specific courses included in the degree program (no substitutions). Students must obtain a grade of "C" or better in the required courses to be eligible for CTI endorsement.
* AT 100 Introduction to Aviation
* AT 106 Basic Aircraft Science
* AT 144 Fundamentals of Flight
* AT 147/247 Aircraft Systems I and II or AT 187
* AT 285 ATC Procedures and Weather
* AT 481 Aviation Safety
Additional CTI specific coursework includes:
AT 369 Air Traffic Control (may be used as an AM Selective)
Completion of the online Air Traffic Control Preparation course and associated examination.
This course is designed to prepare individuals for success in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controller training program. Through the use of online lectures, programmed learning workbooks, presentations, and exams, this course will cover all the material required prior to employment by the FAA. This material includes air traffic control procedures, federal aviation regulations, aviation weather observation and reporting, principles of navigation, and the use and interpretation of aeronautical charts. Offered through Continuing Education , it has a separate fee. Students have access to the material for three years upon enrollment. Students must obtain a minimum of 80% on each section of the examination.