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    Air Traffic Controller

    As an air traffic controller you would help airline pilots take off and land safely. You would also make sure that aircraft travelling through the UK are kept a safe distance apart. If you are interested in aircraft safety and want a challenging role, this job could be just what you are looking for.
    To become an air traffic controller, you will need to be able to work calmly under pressure. You will need good problem-solving and decision-making skills. It’s vital that you have excellent communication skills to give clear instructions.
    You will need an air traffic control licence to become a fully qualified controller. To get this you must first become a trainee. For this you must be over 18. You need to be a UK citizen. You must also have a good standard of education.

    You would work in one of the following roles:
    • area controller – based in a regional control centre, tracking and guiding aircraft safely through your sector
    • approach controller – managing aircraft as they near the airport, and arranging them into the correct landing order
    • aerodrome controller – working from a control tower, relaying landing instructions to pilots as they descend.
    The aerodrome role often includes ground control duties, for instance directing aircraft on the runway after landing and before take off, and to and from parking stands and holding areas.
    An extremely important part of your work would be to respond to emergency distress calls. This could be, for example, informing, instructing and guiding a light aircraft to safety that has lost its way in bad weather.

    Entry requirements

    You will need an air traffic control licence to become a fully qualified controller, which you can gain by completing an approved training course. Course providers include National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and Resource Training.
    To do a trainee controller's course, you must:
    • be at least 18 years old when you apply (a full licence is only issued at age 20 or over)
    • be eligible to work in the UK
    • have a good standard of education, usually a minimum of five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English and maths.
    The application process involves a variety of assessments designed to test your skills and aptitude. You would be expected to pass a medical examination and get security clearance before being offered a job.
    You may be considered for training if you have relevant aviation experience as a military air traffic controller, civil or military assistant, or military or commercial pilot.
    Training can last several months and will involve spending time away from home.

    You can fund your own training or apply
    to an air traffic control provider for sponsorship. Training could cost several thousand pounds.
    The course combines classroom instruction with practical exercises. Computer simulators recreate real air traffic situations for practical training. Assessors will check your progress and you must pass every part of the course.

    National Air Traffic Services

    Resource Training
    Beacon House
    William Brown Close
    Llantarnam Park
    NP44 3AB
    Tel: 01633 835123
    Last edited by Savoia; 26th January 2014, 18:05.

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    Air Traffic Services Assistant

    The Air Traffic Service Assistant (ATSA) is responsible to the Manager ATS and shall assist ATCOs in the provision of an ATC service in accordance with the Serco Aviation Safety Management System, regulatory requirements and local procedures.

    The duties of the ATSA are contained within the Hawarden Safety Assurance Manual.
    The nature of this work requires the post holder to establish and maintain effective working relationships: with all departments within the Airport; with the Customer and/or Customer Representatives; with external agencies, specifically regulatory bodies such as the CAA and with other relevant stakeholders

    Primary duties include but are not limited to:
    • Operational support of the ATCOs including co-ordination with other ATC units.
    • Handle incoming calls including bookings and complaints.
    • Carry out MET observations when required (once qualified).
    • Flight strip and data preparation.
    • Produce and disseminate MET reports, NOTAMS and Flight Planning.
    • Production of an accurate movement log.
    • Fulfil requirements of Aviation Safety Management System.
    • Prepare movement stats for the CAA and accounts for customers.
    • Carry out equipment checks.
    • Process customer payments.
    Secondary duties:
    • Liaise with aerodrome Authority, RFFS and based operators.
    • Liaise with CAA, HMRC and Police in respect of movements.
    • Documentation control.
    • Attendance and participation in operational and safety meetings.
    • Produce reports, records and statistics for ATC and Aerodrome Management.
    • Any other administrative duties as required by the MATS/SATSA/SATCO/ATCOs.
    Key Skills:

    Aviation Met Observer Accreditation is desirable, but not essential as training can be provided.
    Valid Driving Licence is desirable, but not essential.
    The successful candidate will have a proven interest in aviation, and an enthusiasm for the position.
    • Flint Castle, Clwyd
    • £18,729 per annum
    • Job type: Permanent, full-time
    • Date: 15 January
    • Reference: 24197913
    Last edited by Aviafora Newsdesk; 29th January 2014, 11:43.