The Federal Aviation Administration seeks an estimated 1,400 new air traffic control specialists and will accept entry-level candidate applications for the position from Aug. 8 to 15.
The new ATCS will undergo an intensive training program in their first months of employment at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma to prepare them for their future tasks of managing air traffic across the U.S. airspace, the agency said Tuesday.
They will control live air traffic within the designated airspace around an air route traffic control center, air traffic control tower or radar approach control facility.
The job vacancy announcement for the ATCS-trainee position will be available on the government’s official job site USAJobs.gov and FAA expects to receive at least 25,000 applications.
Candidates who are graduates of a Collegiate Training Initiative program are asked to provide proof of graduation and a recommendation from the CTI institution, while veteran candidates should provide a certificate of release or discharge from active duty within 120 days after the close of the application period.
FAA works to regulate the aviation industry to support the safety of passengers as they travel through the country’s airspace.