Monthly Archives: September 2013

Air Force Career Opportunities in Air Traffic Control

Jon Roberts was city manager of Victorville between 1999 and 2009, before moving to the position as city manager of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. With two sons serving in the U.S. Air Force, Jon Roberts and his wife have been actively involved in sponsoring cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Air-traffic control operations specialists are responsible for the flow of traffic both in the air and at the airport. Operators often control airspaces of up to 50,000 square miles, and simultaneously facilitate smooth operations by airport staff. They must master the art of communication by two-way radio, for both daily operations and emergency situations. Additionally, air-traffic control specialists must understand weather conditions, instrumental landing technology, radar systems, visual light-gun systems, airfield lighting, and complex computer systems thoroughly.

The position is well-suited to men and women who enjoy working with technology and solving complex logistical problems. Joining the Air Force to be an air-traffic control operations specialist involves military training, followed by specific technical training. Graduates obtain a degree in Airway Science, as well as certification by the Federal Aviation Administration for international work.