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Aviation Science (SOC CODE: 53-2021.00)

Job Description Overview

Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

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Sample Job Duties

  • Inform pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.
  • Issue landing and take-off authorizations or instructions.
  • Provide flight path changes or directions to emergency landing fields for pilots traveling in bad weather or in emergency situations.
  • Transfer control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accept control of arriving flights.
  • Alert airport emergency services in cases of emergency or when aircraft are experiencing difficulties.
  • Monitor or direct the movement of aircraft within an assigned air space or on the ground at airports to minimize delays and maximize safety.
  • Direct pilots to runways when space is available or direct them to maintain a traffic pattern until there is space for them to land.
  • Monitor aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, or visual references.
  • Direct ground traffic, including taxiing aircraft, maintenance or baggage vehicles, or airport workers.
  • Contact pilots by radio to provide meteorological, navigational, or other information.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Aviation Science AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0910

      This curriculum meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). Under an educational partnership agreement with the FAA, this CTI program prepares students for broad-based aviation careers. Students completing this CTI program may be recommended by the college for hiring by the FAA as air traffic controllers. There are no prerequisites or enrollment limitations.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      AERO 100Primary Pilot Ground School4
      AERO 102Aviation Weather3
      AERO 104Federal Aviation Regulations3
      AERO 152Air Transportation3
      AERO 200Aviation Safety and Human Factors3
      AERO 250Navigation3
      AERO 252Instrument Ground School3
      AIRT 151Aircraft Recognition and Performance3
      AIRT 201Terminal Air Traffic Control3
      AIRT 203Enroute Air Traffic Control3
      AIRT 251Air Traffic Control Team Skills1.5
      Total Units32.5

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AERO 150Commercial Pilot Ground School3
      AERO 202Aircraft and Engines3
      BUSM 60Human Relations in Business3

       

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