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    CTI Questions

    Hi!

    I'm new to this is site and am curious about CTI programs. I have a bachelor's degree in chemistry and am currently working in education. I am looking to switch careers into aviation. Both of my parents have their private pilot's licenses and I love everything about aviation. I will be 27 in May and am wondering if it is too late to be looking at a career in the ATC field.

    What is the best route to take? Should I wait for the FAA to post an open bid online or go to an approved school?

    Also, I live in Florida if that helps with options!

    Thanks!

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    Re: CTI Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by nhannon123 View Post
    Hi!

    I'm new to this is site and am curious about CTI programs. I have a bachelor's degree in chemistry and am currently working in education. I am looking to switch careers into aviation. Both of my parents have their private pilot's licenses and I love everything about aviation. I will be 27 in May and am wondering if it is too late to be looking at a career in the ATC field.

    What is the best route to take? Should I wait for the FAA to post an open bid online or go to an approved school?

    Also, I live in Florida if that helps with options!

    Thanks!
    With a bachelor's degree in ANYTHING, you are qualified to apply for any open "off the street" bids. In your circumstance, I would never go to a CTI school. You already meet the threshold needed to apply and get selected.

    By the time you graduate, you would be at least 29, with only 2 years left to apply. Assuming for any reason you don't make it in within those 2 years, the CTI education was for basically nothing. Happens every single year to people unfortunately.

    Apply to the (seemingly) yearly open bids with the education you have. If you can pass the Biographical Assessment and AT-SA, I see no reason why you wouldn't get selected with your degree.

    Also, as far as living in Florida goes, that has zero bearing on the hiring process. Trainees are given a very limited list of locations at the end of their classroom training in Oklahoma, where they will select a work location based on FAA staffing needs.

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    You know, i've been in the hiring process since 2013. I have a very good career now that I wouldn't have had if I'd skipped out on CTI school. I made countless friends and made wonderful memories. If you decide it's worth the risk, you can always apply while you're in school as an OTS applicant. Keep in mind, you'll have to take the bio-questionnaire which has proven to be a road block to many qualified applicants. Once you finish school (assuming it takes you two years) you'll have roughly two chances to apply (not guaranteed). You probably already have most of the pre-requisites from your Bachelor's degree and may only need to take the aviation classes (so it might not even take you two years).

    I know you're looking for advice, but only you know your situation and how much you're willing to risk for this job. Like I said, for me, just going to CTI school provided me with an amazing opportunity to make great money outside of aviation, so you never know what life has in store.

    Best of luck!

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    I didn't start CTI school until I was almost 27, but it was my only choice because at the time a CTI degree was required to apply to most bids. They changed the hiring when I was about a semester in, but I decided to stick it out and finish the degree since I had already quit my job and moved to be closer to the school lol. Unlike you, though, I did not already have a bachelor's degree. In your case, I don't think it would be worth it. As others have said, you are already eligible. Maybe you can take a few aviation classes just to get more familiar with certain concepts (if you aren't already), but I wouldn't spend the time and money pursuing a CTI degree which is all too often worthless if you don't end up getting picked up by the FAA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor_pianist View Post
    You know, i've been in the hiring process since 2013. I have a very good career now that I wouldn't have had if I'd skipped out on CTI school. I made countless friends and made wonderful memories. If you decide it's worth the risk, you can always apply while you're in school as an OTS applicant. Keep in mind, you'll have to take the bio-questionnaire which has proven to be a road block to many qualified applicants. Once you finish school (assuming it takes you two years) you'll have roughly two chances to apply (not guaranteed). You probably already have most of the pre-requisites from your Bachelor's degree and may only need to take the aviation classes (so it might not even take you two years).

    I know you're looking for advice, but only you know your situation and how much you're willing to risk for this job. Like I said, for me, just going to CTI school provided me with an amazing opportunity to make great money outside of aviation, so you never know what life has in store.

    Best of luck!
    Of you don't mind me asking what do you do? I'm signed up for a 2 year associates in Atc myself and I'm 24 now, and I'm nervous about "what If I never get accepted into oklahoma" ? What kind of jobs are available?

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    I believe that going to a CTI school would be a smart idea, it would help you figure out if you really want to try to be an ATC, plus if you find out you want to while going through CTI school then you won't have to take the biographical questionnaire after you've completed CTI. I was on a thread on stuck mic earlier and was reading many peoples post who applied off the street and had taken the biographical questionnaire and failed it not once but twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasanford73 View Post
    Of you don't mind me asking what do you do? I'm signed up for a 2 year associates in Atc myself and I'm 24 now, and I'm nervous about "what If I never get accepted into oklahoma" ? What kind of jobs are available?

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    I'm an insurance auto damage appraiser. I get a company car, great salary and benefits, and worked my way up after completing CTI school (started part time while in CTI school). I am now in the hiring pipeline and just completed my MMPI. It's taken four and a half years to get here, but it seems like the opportunity didn't come until I'd moved on, bought a home and moved my family to Georgia. I'm still going for ATC but not counting on it is the best way to approach applying for this job. I considered jobs from remote pilot operator to working baggage for Delta. All are great options. No matter what you do, always have a back up plan, and if possible, have a backup for your backup plan. I'm making sure to leave my job in the right way in case, heaven forbid, I don't make it in Oklahoma.

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