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Air Traffic Controller

Summary

Air Traffic Controller is a job which involves managing the traffic in air, monitoring and managing aircraft and runways. They provide with the information to the pilots via radio about the location, runway and monitor the altitude and speed of the aircraft. Air traffic controllers are the back end people who are majorly responsible to overlook that aircraft collision and air traffic mishappenings don’t happen as these mishappenings can cause major loss of property and life. This job is of great responsibility as is given to those individuals who have strong basis in technical aspects as their main aim is safety and smooth flow of air traffic which involves attention to landing and take off of the aircraft, managing the flights which are arriving and departing and so on. Airport Authority of India conduct an examination on the basis of which they hire individuals as air traffic controller. The examination tests the individuals on the basis of medical test, voice test and a written test. Air traffic controllers are the eyes and ears of the pilot, they need to have attention to details and the skill of multi tasking. As a Air Traffic Controller, you can work as Town Controller, Approach Controller, Area Controller etc. All the metioned departments work with each other in unity, so as to ensure safe and smooth functioning of aircraft and the airport.

Career Opportunities in Air Traffic Controller

  • Town Controller
    They direct and monitor the traffic on runways, giving clearances to the aircraft about landing and take off. They work from tower centres, as from there they have a clearer view of the runway. They are responsible for getting the aircraft on the runway and from there other departments of the air traffic controller take charge.
  • Approach Controller
    Approach controllers take over when the aircraft is landing, so as to ensure the most effective and fuel efficient form of landing. They are constantly in touch with safety areas so that the landing is safe.
  • Area Controller
    Approach and Departure Controller are responsible for monitoring the aircraft in the controlled airspace in order to ensure saftety. They use technical equipments to monitor the path of the aircraft and provide with important information to the pilot about the weather conditions and critical notices with regard to the path the aircraft is following.

How to Pursue a Career in Air Traffic Controller

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Class XII with science stream Pursue B.Tech. degree in any related fields like Mechanical, Aeronautical etc. Pursue M.Tech-
Path 2
Class XII with science stream Pursue Bachelors of Science in Physics and MathematicsPursue Masters of science in Physics and Mathematics -

Important Facts

  • Must have passed class 12th or Senior Secondary Examination with at least 60% marks including English
  • A test is conducted by Airport Authority of India and individuals who are above 27 years of age are not eligible to apply.

Leading Institutes

Top Air Traffic Controller Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur www.iitk.ac.in
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi www.iitd.ac.in
Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai www.iitb.ac.in
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur www.iitkgp.ac.in
Birla Institute of Technology Pilani www.bits-pilani.ac.in
Vellore Institute of Technology Chennai www.iisc.ac.in/
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Multiple Locations like Pune, Mohali, Bhopal www.iiseradmission.in
Manipal University Jaipur www.jaipur.manipal.edu
Top Air Traffic Controller Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States www.web.mit.edu
University of Toronto Canada www.physics.utoronto.ca
Stanford University United States www.stanford.edu
University of Cambridge United Kingdom www.cam.ac.uk
University of California, Berkeley United States www.berkeley.edu
University of Oxford United Kingdom www.ox.ac.uk
California Institute of Technology United States www.caltech.edu
The University of Melbourne Australia www.unimelb.edu.au
University of Edinburgh United Kingdom www.ed.ac.uk
University of Liverpool United Kingdom www.liverpool.ac.uk

Important Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
ATC April 2018 Written Test, Oral Test, Medical Test -

Work Description

  • The job of air traffic controllers involves multi tasking as they have to coordinate among the various departments in air traffic control itself and take into account the safety measures.
  • Air traffic controllers have to stay in contact with the pilot through out and provide them with necessary information so as to avoid any mishappenings while in air or on a runway.
  • They are also responsible for alerting the airport response staff in case of any aircraft emergency, hence this job requires vigilance and quick decision making.
  • Air traffic controllers involves the use of radars and technical equipments to guide the aircraft in the air and they also need to coordinate with the the other departments to ensure smooth arrival and departure of the aircraft.

Pros & Cons of a Career in Air Traffic Controller

Pros
  • Air traffic controller is a job for those individuals who have high ability of strategic thinking, quick decision making and are highly vigilant.
  • Jobs can be exciting and interesting for those who are aviation enthusiast.
  • Air traffic controllers can take pride in their job as they are constantly working with the pilots and ensuring safety arrival and departure of thousands of people and aircrafts
Cons
  • Becoming a successful Air traffic controller requires years of training and experience in order to gain knowledge.
  • Professionals might have to work long hours and it might become stressful sometimes
  • As this is a job which aims at safety and it is a major responsibility, so there is no room for error.
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