Career as Air Traffic Controller

Stream : Transportation, Logistics and Import Export
Sub Stream : Air traffic controller

Air Traffic Controllers monitor and direct the movement of air traffic in and around airports and en route on specified paths directing the planes to stay safe distances from each other.


- Are responsible for coordinating the safe arrival, departure, and transit of all aircraft flying in the airspace of an airport.
- They use radar and hi-tech communication equipment to direct the pilots for safety during landing, takeoff, and taxiing.
- Issue weather, wind, visibility and speed information to pilots required for taking-off, landing, and en-route weather conditions.
- Monitor and conduct the air traffic on the ground at airports.
- Issue landing and takeoff instructions to pilots following ground traffic management procedures.
- ATCs are trained to monitor the aircraft on radar, to maintain pilot communication and to guide the aircraft out of the airport airspace.

- Air traffic is guided and monitored by en-route control centers manned by ATCs.
- ATCs alert rescue and response teams during any kind of aircraft emergency.

 

How to become an Air Traffic Control Officer?


Path 1:

Std XII
Stream: Science PCM

Graduation
B.Tech Telecom/ Electronics/Radio Engg

Selection Test
AAI/ IAF/ Indian Navy

Training
Training

Goal
Manager Air Traffic Contol

 

Path 2:

Std XII
Stream: Science PCM

Professional Exam
Instt of Engg min 60% in Electronics

Selection Test
AAI / IAF/Indian Navy

Training
Training 

Goal
Manager of Air Traffic Control

 

Path 3:

Std XII
Stream: Science PCM

Membership
IETE Graduate membership(1st class)

Selection Test
AAI/ IAF/ Indian Navy

Training
Training

Goal
Manager of Air Traffic Control

 

Path 4:

Std XII
Stream: Science PCM

Graduation/ Membership
Phy/Maths/ A&B exam of ASI

Selection Test
AAI/ IAF/ Indian Navy

Goal
Superintendent ATC


Path 5:

Std XII
Stream: Science PCM

Diploma/ Degree
Electronic Engg/Phy & Maths-60%

Selection Test
AAI/ IAF/ Indian Navy

Goal
Superintendent ATC

*Airports Authority of India conducts the selection of Managers ATC and Superintendents ATC through a written test, interview, voice test, medical exam. The maximum age is 28 years. 

** Indian Air Force (Administrative Branch) selects ATC officers through Service Selection Board 

***Indian Navy selects ATC officers through Service Selection Board (SSB) 

**** Training: After selection air traffic controllers have to undergo training at Civil Aviation Training Centres. On completion of the training, they appear before a rating board and qualify to work with control tower/radar/aircraft control/flight information centers.

 

Median Pay Scale/salary of Air Traffic Control Officer :

The pay scale for a junior executive is Rs 16,400- Rs 40,500 a month plus allowances, especially a rating allowance and a stress allowance which can be Rs 6,000 to Rs 24,000. At the highest post as executive director (air traffic management), the salary is Rs 62,000-Rs 80,000 a month.

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