Air Traffic Control Terminal

Associate in Applied Science

The Air Traffic Control Terminal, Associate in Applied Science degree will prepare students for entry level employment as an Air Traffic Controller. The design of the program affords students the opportunity to learn the prerequisite concepts and techniques required to be a professional Air Traffic Controller. The program delivers both practical and conceptual knowledge through the use of course work and learning activities while incorporating hands-on learning and extensive use of simulation, reading, writing, problem solving and listening exercises. 

Applicants must be 26 years old or less* and must complete Atlantic Cape’s Air Traffic Control Program Application for Admission in addition to the College’s Application for Admission. For other eligibility requirements, please see the Application for Admission. For admission information, contact Barbara Clark at (609) 343-5006 or bclark@atlantic.edu.

Graduates of Atlantic Cape’s Air Traffic Control Terminal program must take the Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT) Test. Opportunities to take the AT-SAT exam are made available either through occasional FAA-announced “Public Bid” test dates or through receiving a recommendation from a College Training Initiative (CTI) certified institution. CTI recommendations are issued at the discretion of the authorized institution and are not guaranteed. This examination will determine aptitude and skills necessary to be an Air Traffic Controller. If hired by the FAA, students will be sent to the FAA Air Traffic Training Academy located at the Michael Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK, for initial qualification training as an Air Traffic Controller. After completion of this training, students will proceed to an assigned facility for more specific training. Completion of Atlantic Cape’s ATCT program does not guarantee employment.

Atlantic Cape is currently seeking status in the FAA’s Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). Pending AT-CTI status, Atlantic Cape has signed transfer articulation agreements with CTI colleges that will allow graduates to transfer and obtain their CTI recommendation. Contact the area coordinator for an updated list of transfer agreements. Currently Atlantic Cape students are eligible to apply for FAA "Public Bid" job announcements.

For additional program information, please contact faculty advisor, Jim Taggart, at (609)343-4950/jtaggart@atlantic.edu.

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Prepare for entry level employment as an Air Traffic Controller;
  •  Read and interpret ATC rules and regulations;
  • Control aircraft in a simulated environment;
  • Write about ATC rules and regulations;
  • Solve ATC related problems.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
ENGL101-Composition I
3
COMM120-Public Speaking
3
MATH122-College Algebra or a higher General Education Mathematics course
4
ESCI100-Earth Science
4
CISM125-Introduction to Computers
3
PSYC101-General Psychology
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
20
PROGRAM COURSES
ATCT101-Introduction to Air Traffic Control
4
ATCT120-Aviation Weather
3
ATCT170-Air Traffic Control Regulations
4
ATCT220-Control Tower Operations I
6
ATCT225- Terminal Radar I
4
ATCT280-Control Tower Operations II
6
ATCT285-Terminal Radar II
4
AVIT110-Private Pilot Ground School
3
AVIT125-Special Topics in Aviation Studies
3
AVIT135-Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems 3
Choose  AVIT101-Experiential Flight or AVIT103-Simulated Flight 1
GIST101-Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
4
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
45
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
65
(ATCT) EFFECTIVE FALL 2014  

    *FAA age limit to be hired as an Air Traffic Controller is 31.