This position serves as an air traffic trainee for potential conversion in the air traffic control 2152 occupation. Upon initial hire, the trainee will have met the basic (entry level) qualifications and will serve in a temporary appointment during the training phases at a FAA air traffic facility.
These are not permanent positions and potential conversion to permanent employment will be at the Agency’s discretion and operational needs.
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The trainee receives basic air traffic control training at the facility. This includes:
A complete occupational indoctrination (highlights of Federal employment, familiarization with organizational structure and functions, aircraft, the air traffic control system, and a comprehensive view of the aviation industry);
Classroom instruction and workshop exercises related but not limited to: air traffic rules; airport traffic control; communications operating procedures; principles of flight; air navigation; aids to air navigation; aviation weather; terrain and navigational aids.
Receives training and acquires competence in the performance of duties at the next higher level. Skills training related to the work of air traffic control specialists in the target option, i.e., at air traffic control terminal facilities and air route traffic control centers.
Trainee will be given overview on the Basics of Air Traffic, En Route or Terminal facility training, and may be ask to assist staff in the specialized areas including the facility training department, flight data clearance delivery; and airspace and procedures;
While at the facility, duties performed either in a classroom environment or under the direct supervision of the facility’s Air Traffic Manger or their designee who observe the work on a continuing basis to ensure the proper performance of tasks and to provide feedback in basic controller skills.
The trainee who successfully completes training requirements established by the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), demonstrates the aptitude; and recommended and approved by Air Traffic Organization (ATO) and the facility manager for conversion to the 2152 Air Traffic Control Specialist Trainee will be assign to initial training track at the FAA Academy.
Trainee must learn the skills needed for operation at higher levels of responsibility. The assignments are not continuing. Success in training and development depends on the ability to acquire the knowledge needed within reasonable periods of time established for training program. Failure of trainee to be successful and/or meet training requirements may constitute grounds for separation from employment. The training portion of duty assignment is consider an integral part of the position.
Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship is required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
- Successful completion of security investigation may be required.
- A one-year probationary period may be required.
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- Duty location may be negotiable upon request.
- Subject to an Aviation Development Pilot (ADP) Program Agreement.
- ADP position is not covered under P.L. 92-297 for early retirement purposes.
- You may qualify in 1 of the following 5 ways:
- TO QUALIFY BASED ON PROGRESSIVELY RESPONSIBLE WORK EXPERIENCE: applicants must document 3 years of full time (40 hours per week) progressively responsible experience. Most types of paid or unpaid employment will provide progressively responsible experience as the individual doing the work learns about the organization, gains knowledge about the work, and demonstrates responsibility. OR
- TO QUALIFY BASED UPON EDUCATION: applicants must document a full 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If qualifying based on education, applicants must submit a copy of the transcript which includes the name of the institution, quarter or semester hours earned and/or confer date. OR
- TO QUALIFY BASED UPON THE COMBINATION OF BOTH WORK EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: The applicant's total qualifying experience is converted to a percentage of the experience required then the applicant's education is converted to a percentage of the education required. The combined percentages must equal 100%. At the undergraduate level, successfully completed education that has not led to possession of a degree is credited based on its relationship to 120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours. For example, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school. OR
- TO QUALIFY BASED ON SPECIALIZED WORK EXPERIENCE AS AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SPECIALIST: applicants qualifying based on specialized experience must provide supporting documentation that verifies that this requirement has been met (e.g., FAA certificate, military certificate or training record). OR
- TO QUALIFY BASED ON ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS: applicants must provide supporting documentation that verifies at least one of the following alternative requirements being met: a. Do you hold or have held an appropriate facility rating and have actively controlled air traffic in civilian or military air traffic control terminals or centers? b. Do you hold or have held an FAA certificate as a dispatcher for an air carrier? c. Do you hold or have held an instrument flight rating? d. Do you hold or have held an FAA certificate as a navigator or have been fully qualified as a Navigator/Bombardier in the Armed Forces? e. Do you have 350 hours of flight time as a copilot or higher and hold or have held a private certificate or equivalent Armed Forces rating? f. Have you served as a rated Aerospace Defense Command Intercept Director?
- Successful candidates must be able to speak English clearly enough to be understood over radios, intercoms, and similar communications equipment.
Applicants who are using education as a qualifier must submit a copy of the official/unofficial transcripts to substantiate all credit hours and/or confer date.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education().http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/
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We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements
The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.
This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.
Requirement for pre-employment medical clearance: Applicants converted to ATCS positions must pass a medical examination that includes psychological screening prior to appointment. Applicants with prior military service are encouraged to obtain a sealed copy of their military medical records prior to discharge and to retain these records to be provided upon request if selected.
Age Requirements: A maximum age of 30 years is established for initial entry into the air traffic control positions. Persons who have reached their 31st birthday may not be originally appointed to these positions.
Note: The in-process rule allows applicants whose age does not exceed any required maximum entry age on or before the closing date of the vacancy announcements to which the applicants apply, but whose age subsequently exceeds the maximum entry age prior to appointment, to continue through the hiring process.
AT-SA Testing: All applicants found qualified for the position will be required to take and pass the Air Traffic Skills Assessment (AT-SA).
Training Requirements: After successful completion of the ADP Pilot Program AND Academy training, the ATCS MAY enter the appropriate phase of field training as determined by the assigned facility to prepare for advancement to the Certified Professional Controller (CPC) level. They must learn the skills needed for operation at higher levels of responsibility. Successful certification at assigned FAA facility is required. Failure to certify will result in separation, demotion or reassignment.
Requirement for nonstandard duty hours or work week: Incumbent may be required to work irregular duty hours or a nonstandard work week or tour of duty.
Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive (2): This position requires completion and favorable adjudication of an Access national Agency Check with Inquiry (ANACI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.
Transcripts and other documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded in USAJobs or faxed to 817-222-5852 on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.
You must provide proof of disability, i.e. Schedule A Letter. This letter should be on official stationery/letterhead with an official signature. The letter should state the candidates name. The letter should clearly state you a person with a disability or targeted disability and are eligible for appointment under Schedule A hiring authority as outlined in 5 CFR Section 213.3102(u).
Please note that the letter does not need to detail the specific disability, medical history, or need for accommodation.
OPM has provided sample Schedule A Letters for both Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals and Licensed Medical Practitioners at this link:
- SF-15 : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference
- SF-256 : Self-identification of Disability
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION.
We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.
Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.
- Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
- Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
- Employer's name and address
- Supervisor name and phone number
- Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
- Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide
, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.
Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.
For instructions on how to check the status of your application, please go to: USAJOBS Help Guide.
Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.
All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.