Miami Center - ZMA

Agent Ezzard

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Jun 22, 2008
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Re: Miami ARTCC

My HR rep told me back in August that my class date would be on Jan 9th. She put me in that class back then. She also told me in September that I would have to "refresh" my drug test around late Nov/Dec. I retook it on the 4th and about a week later I sent an email asking if she received the results. The rest is history.
 

Jesse711

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Nov 20, 2008
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Re: Miami ARTCC

My HR rep told me I would have to take another drug test as well in January and then she would be able to confirm the May class date for me. Did you get your FOL well in advance?
 

Agent Ezzard

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Jun 22, 2008
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Re: Miami ARTCC

I got my FOL late last week. The email came Thursday and the day after the FedEx Academy welcome packet came. I leave the academy on May 14. It's been a long wait be definately well worth it. I am going to head down to facility to find out exactly where its at before it leave West Palm Beach on the 7th. I'm driving my POV.
 

Jesse711

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Nov 20, 2008
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Re: Miami ARTCC

She said my class date would be May 4th so maybe well bump into each other. Let me know if you take a tour of the center and how it is. Also, let me know how the drive is to OKC as I will be taking my POV as well.

Thanks
 

Jesse711

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Nov 20, 2008
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Re: Miami-ZMA

Are you in class now? I go to OKC in May.

When you get there, can you let me know if it's as bad as they say. :)
 

Whirlybird19

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Nov 22, 2008
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I just found out I will be considered for employment at ZMA. I tried to search for info but most of it was either outdated or not what I was looking for.

Do any of the members on here work at ZMA or at least in the Miami area? All I've ever read is that training is backed up almost a year, but that was from an older post and someone even followed up with a reply on how all of that has changed. Does anyone have any new info on training or the working environment there?

I've never been down there so even advice on where to live would be helpful. I appreciate it.
 
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apegler

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Nov 18, 2008
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Re: Miami Center (ZMA)

Miami is super back logged right now I've heard anywhere from 3 to 4 years to get fully checked out but thats just what I have heard.
 

Whirlybird19

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Nov 22, 2008
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Re: Miami Center (ZMA)

Miami is super back logged right now I've heard anywhere from 3 to 4 years to get fully checked out but thats just what I have heard.
Is that info from what you've read on the boards, or you happen to know someone down there??

I'm still in the hiring process so forgive me if I'm wrong, but from what I understand, 2.5 years to check out at a center is about the average. Of course you have the people who are gifted and make it through sooner, and the people who dont belong there who take forever. But, if that's the case, and its taking ppl 3 to 4 years to check out at ZMA then being back logged on training has to be the answer. I mean, its a level 11, so I dont see how the level of training difficulty would cause people to take almost double the time to check out...
 

Jesse711

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Re: Miami Center (ZMA)

I'm live in Miami and am going to OKC in May and then to ZMA. From what I'm hearing, it is getting better. I don't have a timeline and I'm sure it really depends how fast you can progress through the training. But, I'm sure that any 11+ are all going to take many years, so the horror stories/long training time don't bother me. I plan on taking a tour soon, when I do, I'll pass on any info I get.

If you have any questions about the city, ask away.
 

Whirlybird19

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Nov 22, 2008
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Re: Miami Center (ZMA)

I guess how each individual progresses through training can be said about any facility. It was just that all anyone seems to be able to say about ZMA is how backed up they are for new hires to even begin training. I can understand like a 6 month period where you are showing up to work, studying the maps, plugging in when you can, and just getting a feel for what the real deal is like...but I think that is only beneficial for so long. If that is what you are doing for an entire year, I think its a lot of time wasted. I mean, realistically some of the people who have been pulling strips for 10 or 12 months are not going to make it through training once it starts...maybe I just don't have a good understanding of how they do training, but I just don't see how a place could openly be known for delaying a trainee an entire year. I'm would have to stop and be like, then why in the hell did you hire me for this place if all I'm going to do is sit here all day!

Anyone have an idea of how long it generally takes for new hires to begin training at the different types and levels of facilities? Is waiting 6 months to a year to start training considered a long time by most high level facilities standards?