Associate of Applied Science in Air Traffic Control
Air traffic control professionals utilize knowledge of aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, radar theory and radar systems, federal regulations, the U.S. air traffic control system, as well as navigation methods within the National Airspace System. The AAS degree prepares students for the technical requirements of the air traffic control profession and for entry into the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy. Additionally, the AAS prepares students to take the flight dispatcher exam, which is the entry-level requirement for jobs in the flight dispatcher career field.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Air Traffic Control prepares students for hire at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Training Academy. The AAS in Air Traffic Control also prepares students to take the FAA Flight Dispatcher exam and prepares them for entry-level jobs in the flight dispatch field.
The AAS in Air Traffic Control constitutes the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology.
Complete the Admission Requirements for Associate Degrees.
UAA has no restrictions on age or physical condition of students. However, students desiring employment with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should be aware of employment requirements:
- Medical Certificate is required as depicted in FAR 65.49 and 67 Subpart C.
- Thirty-year-old maximum age restriction for students anticipating employment in terminal or en route options.
- Students must receive a PASS score on the Air Traffic-Selection and Training (ATSAT) examination administered by the FAA. The examination provides a systematic process for continued enhancement of air traffic selection and training by testing candidates for recognition and cognitive skills required in the air traffic specialty and to identify the “composite controller.”
- Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- For the Quantitative Skills requirement choose MATH A105 or higher.
- Complete the following major requirements with a minimum grade of C:
|ATA A133||Aviation Law and Regulations||3|
|or ATA A134||Principles of Aviation Administration|
|ATA A233||Aviation Safety||3|
|ATC A143||ATC Regulations||3|
|ATC A144||ATC Flight Procedures||3|
|ATC A147||Pilot/Controller Techniques||3|
|ATC A241||Control Tower Operations||3|
|ATC A241L||Control Tower Operations Lab||1|
|ATC A242||ATC Terminal Radar Procedures||3|
|ATC A242L||ATC Terminal Radar Procedures Lab||1|
|ATC A243||ATC Enroute Procedures||3|
|ATC A243L||ATC Enroute Procedures Lab||1|
|ATC A251||Flight Dispatcher Overview||3|
|ATC A325||Tools for Weather Briefing||3|
|ATC A351||Flight Dispatcher Operations||3|
|ATC A440||Facility Operation and Administration||3|
|ATP A100||Private Pilot Ground School||3|
|ATP A235||Elements of Weather||3|
|MATH A105||Intermediate Algebra (or higher MATH course from the Quantitative Skills GER list)||3|
|Complete one of the following courses not already taken:||3|
|Aviation Law and Regulations|
|Principles of Aviation Administration|
|Human Factors in Aviation|
|Air Service Operations|
|Civil Aviation Security|
|Aircraft Accident Investigation|
|Advanced Topics in Aviation Technology|
|Instrument Ground School|
|Commercial Ground School|
|Search, Survival, and Rescue|
|Advanced Aviation Navigation|
A minimum of 60 credits is required for the degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft operating limitations and performance, including methods of air and ground navigation within the National Airspace System.
- Demonstrate knowledge of weather and atmospheric processes and how weather phenomena affect aviation operations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Federal Regulations and the U.S. air traffic control system interactions, including FAA publications.
- Demonstrate knowledge of fundamentals of aircraft separation in radar, nonradar, and terminal environments, as well as operating techniques of ATC facilities in visual and instrument conditions.
- Demonstrate awareness of ATC industry trends, future developments, global implications, and current management practices and techniques.
- Demonstrate knowledge of flight dispatcher operations, including weight and balance, flight planning, and fuel requirements.