35-Air traffic controllers
Air traffic controllers
Coordinate the movement of air traffic to make certain that planes stay a safe distance apart.
Air traffic controllers direct aircraft movements in airspace and on the ground, using radio, radar and lighting systems, and provide information relevant to the operation of aircraft. They control aircraft flight traffic through all aspects of their flight with the priority of safety, followed by other aspects such as ensuring arrivals and departures are on time. They are primarily responsible for controlling and preventing aircraft incidences during flight, and look to maintain orderly air traffic flows and provide timely information and instructions to pilots for the safe execution of the aircraft in-flight. In cases of emergency they notify the relevant search and rescue agencies. Maybe required to be licensed, registered or certified to be permitted to work by a government authority, agency or approved certifying body.
Job activities and tasks include:
- directing and controlling aircraft approaching and leaving airport and their movement on the ground
- directing and controlling aircraft operating in designated airspace sector
- examining and approving flight plans
- informing flight crew and operations staff about weather conditions, operational facilities, flight plans and air traffic
- applying knowledge of principles and practices of air traffic control in order to identify and solve problems arising in the course of their work
- initiating and organizing emergency, search and rescue services and procedures
- directing activities of all aircraft and service vehicles on or near airport runways
- maintaining radio and telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units and other control centres, and coordinating the movement of aircraft into adjoining areas
Higher specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
Usually work in control towers at airports or at radar centres. Typically, work on a rotating shift basis as these workplaces operate 24 hours seven days a week. Environment can be quiet for periods and be very stressful during peak air traffic flows. Requires quick response reaction, with a level of calmness to be displayed, in the instance a potentially high risk incident may occur that could result in a catastrophe. They may travel locally, nationally or internationally to attend meetings and conferences, or visit other control centres and airports.
Diploma/Associate degree in air traffic control, higher qualifications or equivalent.
Required Work Experience:
5 Years and above.
Abu Dhabi Aviation, ADAC, Air Force, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Dubai Airports, Sharjah International Airport, Fujairah International Airport, related entity the Department of Civil Aviation, International Civil Aviation Organization.
Less than 5,000
Above the industry average
Examples of job titles:Air traffic controller
Examples of some related occupations:
Airport terminal controllers - Tower controllers, air traffic - Ground controllers - Local controllers - En route controllers, air traffic - Radar controllers - Controllers, air traffic - Flight service specialists - Terminal controllers, air traffic
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Source Of Info:
Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi