Air traffic controllers tell airplanes when to land and take off.
Giving instructions on landing and take off to pilots.
• Watch where planes are in the air using radar, or on the ground.
• Give flight path changes to pilots for emergency landings.
• Alert airport emergency services.
Where and When:
• Work in air traffic control towers at airports.
• Work all hours, nights, and weekends.
What or Who They Work With:
• Radar Systems
• Radios or Phones
• Airfield Personnel
• Flight Simulation Programs
Education and Training:
• Most have a high school diploma.
• Many have some college classes.
• Some have a 2 year or 4 year degree from a college.
• Most have on the job training and work experience.
• A person must complete a FAA program,and between 18-30 years old.
• Have 3 years of full time work experience, or 4 years of college or both.
• Must pass a health exam once each year.
• Must pass a job exam two times each year.
• All must pass a test and on the job training.
- Locomotive Engineer
- Transportation Technician
- Airfield Operations Specialist
Related School Subjects:
- Airport by Byron Barton
- National Geographic Readers: Planes (National Geographic Kids: Science Reader Level 1 by Amy Shields
- Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport by Richard Scarry
- The Noisy Airplane Ride by Mike Downs
- A Day at an Airport (Time Goes By) by: Sarah Harrison
- The Great Airport Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 9) by Franklin W. Dixon
- Gila Monsters Meet You At the Airport (Reading Rainbow Book) by: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
- Airport (Usborne Sticker Books) by Dan Crisp
- Planes at the Airport by Peter Mandel and Ed Miller
- Airport (with magnets) Usborne Magnet Books by Felicity Brooks, Matt Durber, and Gustavo Mazali
- 50 Things to Spot at the Airport (Activity Cards) by Struan Reid and katrina Fearn
- Busy Airport: A lift the flap learning book by Gaby Goldsack and Jan Smith