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.
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 enroute options.
- For employment considerations with the FAA, 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.”
All students must meet with an academic advisor in the Aviation Technology Division (ATD) prior to beginning any program of study and are encouraged to meet each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise. Degree check sheets are available in the ATD office.
See the ATD advisor for appropriate sequence of courses.
FAA Recommendation for Employment
- To be eligible for FAA employment, student must achieve a C or better in all air traffic control-specific courses:
Course List Code Title Credits ATC A143 ATC Regulations 3 ATC A144 ATC Flight Procedures 3 ATC A147 Air Traffic Communications 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
- In order to advance to 200-level ATC classes (ATC A241, ATC A241L, ATC A242, ATC A242L, ATC A243, ATC A243L), students must have a C or better in:
Course List Code Title Credits ATC A143 ATC Regulations 3 ATC A144 ATC Flight Procedures 3 ATC A147 Air Traffic Communications 3
- Students may repeat ATC A143, ATC A144, and ATC A147 only once due to performance.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees. WRTG A212 is recommended. Any English course used to satisfy the humanities General Course Requirement must be different from the written communications requirement and have a course number higher than WRTG A111.
- Complete the program requirements below.
|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||Air Traffic Communications||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 A325||Tools for Weather Briefing||3|
|ATC A440||Facility Operation and Administration||3|
|ATP A100||Private Pilot Ground School||3|
|ATP A235||Elements of Weather||3|
|ATP A251||Flight Dispatcher Overview||3|
|ATP A351||Flight Dispatcher Operations||3|
|WRTG A212||Writing and the Professions||3|
|GER Natural Science||3|
|Select one of the following: *||3-4|
|College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences|
|College Algebra for Calculus|
|Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences|
|Select one of the following 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|
May be used to fulfill the AAS General Course Requirements.
A total of 63 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 the relationship between federal regulations, FAA publications, and the U.S. air traffic control system.
- 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.