FAA hiring and pay questions

Zero

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I am currently in the Army with 3 years left before I retire. I know I still have some time but I want to understand everything before I apply to the FAA. I am a 94D (Air Traffic control equipment repairer). Most of us deal with tactical equipment however I have been lucky and work on some fix base sites.

I am certified on CM-200, CM-300, STVS, IVSR, DALR and A+ certified. The only classroom training I have is the IVSR from Frequentis. The rest are trained on site with an exam by ATSCOM (Air traffic services command). I am trying and should be able to go to the STARS and DASR course next year at Keesler AB.

I have a friend that’s retiring from the army and has been hired by the FAA. He said he is starting in the H band and after he does the STARS training he will jump up to the I band. I believe STARS is the only one he is missing. He has CM-300, DALR and IVSR for what he is doing.
  1. Does the certs I have help me in hiring and negotiating salary?
  2. Is there a certain pay band I should apply for?
  3. Can I apply to a location if I see it on USAJOBS or is it just nationwide?
  4. Is it true that you can receive a promotion after completing training of equipment like what my friend said?
  5. Is there anything I could do before I retire to help me be more marketable?
Thanks
 

Scotter

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Does the certs I have help me in hiring and negotiating salary?
It will definitely put you at the front of the line for hiring since you are already certified on the same systems in use on this side. More than likely you could come in as a H. This is compared to typically New Hires coming on as Fs or Gs and then getting their equipment certs and then their pay and bumps to H.

Is there a certain pay band I should apply for?
In my opinion, you should apply to any position that is open to bid on. Even if you came in as an F or G, with your certs you could get a proficiency check at your unit and your manager could run the paperwork to get your H band.

Can I apply to a location if I see it on USAJOBS or is it just nationwide?
Yes, and yes. Some bids come out for specific locations and some come out for Nationwide. The real question is how bad do you want to work for the FAA and are you willing to move just to get hired, or do you want to wait for a job to pop in your desired location.

Is it true that you can receive a promotion after completing training of equipment like what my friend said?
Yes, but typically this is getting your major system certs to get to H. Your buddy, getting the I when he gets his STARS cert might be because he is in a STARS System Specialist Billet, which is typically an I band job. Most units have 1 or 2 I band spots.

Is there anything I could do before I retire to help me be more marketable?
Get as many system certs as you can. Work on your resume. Establish a good working relationship with the local FAA ATC or Techops if your able. Its never too early to network. Come back to this site before you ready to go and ask questions and seek out help.

Good luck in your future endevours,

Scotter
 
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