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.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

Special Considerations

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.”

Advising

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

  1. To be eligible for FAA employment, student must achieve a C or better in all air traffic control-specific courses:
    ATC A143ATC Regulations3
    ATC A144ATC Flight Procedures3
    ATC A147Pilot/Controller Techniques3
    ATC A241Control Tower Operations3
    ATC A241LControl Tower Operations Lab1
    ATC A242ATC Terminal Radar Procedures3
    ATC A242LATC Terminal Radar Procedures Lab1
    ATC A243ATC Enroute Procedures3
    ATC A243LATC Enroute Procedures Lab1
  2. 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:
    ATC A143ATC Regulations3
    ATC A144ATC Flight Procedures3
    ATC A147Pilot/Controller Techniques3
  3. Students may repeat ATC A143, ATC A144, and ATC A147 only once due to performance.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

ATA A133Aviation Law and Regulations3
or ATA A134 Principles of Aviation Administration
ATA A233Aviation Safety3
ATC A143ATC Regulations3
ATC A144ATC Flight Procedures3
ATC A147Pilot/Controller Techniques3
ATC A241Control Tower Operations3
ATC A241LControl Tower Operations Lab1
ATC A242ATC Terminal Radar Procedures3
ATC A242LATC Terminal Radar Procedures Lab1
ATC A243ATC Enroute Procedures3
ATC A243LATC Enroute Procedures Lab1
ATC A325Tools for Weather Briefing3
ATC A440Facility Operation and Administration3
ATP A100Private Pilot Ground School3
ATP A235Elements of Weather3
ATP A251Flight Dispatcher Overview3
ATP A351Flight Dispatcher Operations3
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
GER Natural Science3
Select one of the following: *3-4
Intermediate Algebra
College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences
College Algebra for Calculus
Trigonometry
Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences
Calculus I
Select one of the following not already taken:3
Aviation Law and Regulations
Principles of Aviation Administration
Human Factors in Aviation
Airport Operations
Air Service Operations
Airline 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
Total Credits57-58
*

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:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft operating limitations and performance, including methods of air and ground navigation within the National Airspace System.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of weather and atmospheric processes and how weather phenomena affect aviation operations.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between federal regulations, FAA publications, and the U.S. air traffic control system.
  4. 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.