Recent content by SMS

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    New hire pay

    ATSSs are under what is called core compensation. Core Comp is based on overlapping pay bands. Performance band for us is H band. New hires come in at F or G based on quals and experience as determined arbitrarily by Human Resources and management. Promotion up to H is automatic but...
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    New hire pay

    There are I and even J bands making less than the "new" H band minimum as's a shit show.
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    Like Scotter said, many of us who never dreamed of teleworking are now doing so. For many of us, our technical workload has decreased due to initiatives out in place to protect people and facilities. We still work on equipment but now have more time to tighten up the ship in terms of paperwork...
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    new to techops automation

    That is entirely dependent on your location and environment. Where will you be working?
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    Tech Ops Questions

    Keep in mind “entry level” for ATSS hiring does not mean the same thing that it does for ATC hiring...
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    Tech Ops Questions

    A career in Tech Ops is not a consolation prize for washed out controllers. True “off the street” hires rarely, if ever, occur. Like Scotter said, most 2101s come to the job with years of experience in technical fields. Salaries, duty locations and hours vary widely based on duty location and...
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    ATSS Hiring Process

    Could mean you’re the manager’s pick, or there could be several candidates. If it’s a direct hire situation, they also might be checking to see if you even meet the qualifications for F or G. I gave up trying to figure out HR and the process lol.
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    FAA Employment

    Off topic and wrong forum. As to the OP’s question. Yes the FAA does hire 2101’s off the street, but you still need a certain amount of qualifying experience, either from school or work history, to be truly competitive. So, it’s not truly off the street in the sense that ATC OTS is.
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    Atss Vs Electronics Technician

    Like Y code said, it looks like an Engineering Services gig. Traveling construction, design/assembly kind of stuff. Prob not bad if you don’t mind being on the road a lot. I did a similar job for the FAA for 5 years, three weeks on the road (no travel home in werkends), two or three weeks...
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    Atss Vs Electronics Technician

    Can you post a link to the vacancy? I’ll help you figure out what it is.
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    Atss Vs Electronics Technician

    1) ATSSs maintain and certify a wide variety of equipment for use in the national airspace system. ETs work in a variety of positions from glorified construction workers doing systems installations in the field (I was one) to bench techs working on the same piece of equipment every day. 2). The...
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    Security Clearance?

    Not a Secret unless you are going to some unique office in the agency, which is not likely as a new hire ATSS. Its just a basic background investigation, if it’s been hung up specifically for that, for this long, you might want to follow up.
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    Security Clearance?

    It’s a public trust background check, completely different. I had a TS when I came on board and they still did one.
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    DOD vs FAA

    Many civilian electronics tech type jobs in the DoD have nothing to do with the fun stuff you mentioned.
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    New Common Principles not 2 months anymore

    I believe it’s two weeks...but don’t quote me on that.