Job Family: Aviation Air Traffic Control Managers
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps

Photo 1: Men review air traffic records. Photo 2: Controller observes aircraft to clear for takeoff.

Short Description
Air traffic control centers often have several sections giving instructions to military aircraft. One section gives take-off and landing instructions. Another gives ground instructions. A third section tracks planes in flight. Air traffic control managers direct the operations of air traffic control centers.

What They Do
Air traffic control managers in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan work schedules for air traffic controllers
  • Manage air traffic control center operations to ensure safe flights
  • Inspect control center facilities and equipment
  • Direct tests of radar equipment and controller procedures
  • Investigate and solve problems in control center operations
  • Control air traffic using radar and radios

Helpful Attributes
Helpful fields of study include aeronautical engineering, computer science, and liberal arts. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to manage in accordance with strict standards
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Decisiveness
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically includes:
  • Air traffic control management
  • Operational procedures for air traffic control
  • Communications and radar procedures
  • Aircraft recognition
  • Take-off, landing, and ground control procedures

Work Environment
Air traffic control managers work in air traffic control towers and centers at airfields and aboard ships.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian air traffic control managers work at commercial airports. They perform duties similar to those performed by military air traffic control managers.

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