Hampton University
School of Engineering and Technology, Aviation

Air Traffic Control

Air Traffic Controllers provide separation services to aircraft operating in the National Airspace System to expedite and maintain a safe and orderly flow of air traffic. Because controllers have an enormous responsibility to protect the lives and property of U.S. citizens, the air traffic control profession is often regarded as one of the most stressful jobs in the world. Potential students should be focused, able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, and have good math and logic skills. Candidates must also have school or work records that illustrate good conduct, personal responsibility, professionalism, and effective communication skills.

Hampton University offers two options for potential candidates; Bachelor of Science in Avaition Management: Air Traffic Control and an Assocaite of Science in Air Traffic Control. Hampton is the only HBCU to be an approved FAA ATC-Collegiate Training Initiative program. Majors learn Air Traffic Control (ATC) principles and procedures in simulated tower and radar environments. In addition, graduates who earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management position themselves for management positions within the FAA.

Course Guides

B.S. Aviation Management: Air Traffic Control

A.S. Air Traffic Control

Additonal fees: $250 per lab course.

In addition to successful completion of your degree, there are other requirements that you should consider. In order to be considered for employment, you must:

Provided you meet all the requirements above, you will be allowed to apply for a job as an air traffic controller under the "CTI Announcement." Selection for a job as an air traffic controller is dependent on your application and resume, experience, where you are willing to work and your ATSAT score. Once you have been selected and have received a Firm Offer Letter, you will be scheduled to begin your training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City to become an air traffic controller.

As a graduate of the CTI Program you will bypass the otherwise required course of "Air Traffic Basics" and be placed in "Initial Training" for the facility option for which you were selected. The length of training is 37 days for Tower and 62 days for En Route. After successful completion of the initial training, you will go to your first facility for on the job training.

*Reference: www.faa.gov