FAA - ATC New Hire Information
You can always begin here if you have no clue about this job,"What is an Air Traffic Controller"
This is the most recent pre-employment information for FAA ATC applicants. Many different users going through the process have helped compile this information. Please take your time and read through this whole post as it will answer many of your pre-hire questions....make sure you browse all pages of this information, page five is a list of very helpful links that will answer many questions about the new hire process.
For a list of a lot of common abbreviations used in the "New Hire" process, follow this link: Acroynms and Glossary of Terms
The following about the public announcement process was originally posted by strykr
Public Announcement Process
Looks like I'll lay the basics down here. My wife was a Feb. OTS applicant and is on the last leg of the process. I'll do my best to get all the facts and time lines down as a framework so we all have a better idea of what to expect:
02/15- Announcement Closes.
3/11(ish)-Receive AT-SAT Authorization. Some got letter, others Email, and in my case neither! I was watching "the other forum" and saw abunch of people getting ther letter/email for my location and called Robinson Aviation and scheduled my test date. Robinson Aviation(RVA) is contracted out by the FAA to conduct the testing and scoring.
4/24- AT-SAT in Holtville, NY. She was told to expect her results in 7-10 Bus. Days, but she instead got them two days later.
5/2- Received Geographical Preference Email:
"Please use the url provided in this e-mail to submit answers in the following 2 areas:
You will see a list of states in the attached website, please choose up to 2 states where you desire to work.
There are 2 facility options available through the ATCS positions. We need your decision on whether you prefer to work:
the terminal option,
the en route option or
that you will accept either of these options.
The Terminal option controls air traffic at airports and give pilots taxiing and takeoff instructions, air traffic clearances, and advice based on their own observations, information from the National Weather Service, Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs), flight service stations, pilots, & other sources. Terminal Air Traffic Controllers transfer control of aircraft to the En Route Center controller when the aircraft leaves their airspace, and they receive control of aircraft coming into their airspace.
Air Traffic Controllers in the En Route (Center) option give aircraft instructions, air traffic clearances and advice regarding flight conditions while en route between airports. They provide separation between aircraft flying along the Federal airways or operating into or out of airports.
Please note that this e-mail is only for your use to provide your geographic and facility preferences to the Aviation Careers Division. This is not to be construed as a job offer. After you provide the required information using the link below we will provide an opportunity for your application to be reviewed for possible selection in the near future.
Please provide this information as quickly as possible, replies submitted after Friday, May 23, 2008 will diminish your ability to be selected for these positions."