Air Traffic Controller - USAF Enlisted Job Descriptions


Specialty Summary

Controls en route and terminal air traffic by use of visual, radar, and non-radar means. Supervises and manages air traffic control (ATC) facilities. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 222.

Duties and Responsibilities. Controls and regulates en route and terminal air traffic. Initiates and issues ATC clearances, instructions, and advisories to ensure the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic operating under instrument and visual flight rules.

Plans, organizes, directs, inspects, and evaluates ATC activities.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: ATC principles and procedures; flight characteristics of aircraft; International Civil Aviation Organization and United States federal and military air directives; use of aeronautical charts, maps, and publications; interpretation, use, and limitations of ATC radar; use of ATC communications systems and navigational aids; and fundamentals of meteorology. United States Air Force certification as an ATC specialist satisfies these requirements. Not a part of the certification requirements, knowledge is also mandatory of principles of organization, purpose, operation, and management of ATC facilities.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in English is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 1C131, completion of an ATC operator course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

1C151. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C131. Also, experience is mandatory performing functions involving actual control of aircraft.

1C171. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C151.

Also, experience is mandatory supervising or performing ATC functions.

1C191. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C171. Also, experience is mandatory managing ATC functions.

    Other.The following are mandatory as indicated:

    For entry, award, and retention of these AFSCs, physical qualification for ATC operation according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.

    For performance of ATC duties, possession of a Federal Aviation Administration ATC Specialist Certificate.

    For award and retention of AFSCs 1C131/51/71/91/00, eligibility for a Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management.

    Strength Req: G

    Physical Profile: XXX1XX

    Citizenship: Yes

    Required Appitude Score : G-53 (Changed to G-55, effective 1 Jul 04).

    Technical Training:

    Course #: E3ABR1C131 000

    Location : K

    Length (Days): 72

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